Applying for a Marriage License in Iowa and Illinois

by Jenny Bryde 7. January 2013 00:55

Romance, flowers, parties, gowns... These are things we dream of when thinking about getting married, but before any and all of that can happen, we have to make sure that we cross our T's and dot our I's. That is, we have to make sure that we properly apply for our marriage licenses.

It's not as easy as walking up to the courthouse, politely knocking, and asking pretty please for a marriage certificate. There are a few more steps, and depending on which state and which county you claim for residency, your instructions vary slightly.

Interesting things to note:


  • In Iowa, you must have a witness with you when you apply. In Illinois, this isn't needed.
  • In Iowa, there is a three day waiting period between the time you are issued the license and when you can actually get married. In Illinois, there is only a one day waiting period.
  • I'm not sure about Iowa, but in Illinois, you must pay your fee with cash only.


More details can be found at the links below.

Iowa Marriage Application Information

Illinois Marriage Application Information

Each married couple should take a close look at the requirements and deadlines of each state so that you can get hitched without a hitch!  


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