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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The Marriage License: A Necessary Evil

by Jenny Bryde 17. July 2009 06:25

There are so many fun parts about planning a wedding!  We brides all look forward to picking out gorgeous flowers for bouquets, selecting songs that remind us of romantic moments, and flipping through wedding magazines until we find the dress or the hair style that makes our hearts go pitter patter. 

And then there are the not so fun parts in planning a wedding...namely the paperwork.  While filling out forms is no fun for anybody, certain pieces of paper become vital to the sanctity of marriage.  Specifically, correctly filling the marriage license is required before any of your lovely visions of the wedding day can come to life.  

Iowa and Illinois have different requirements that you must meet before you can be declared legally married; in fact, each state has slightly different requirements.  Some charge more than others, some have different waiting periods between the day the license is issued and the day you can get married.  You will want to make sure that you check out the official sites below for the requirements for Iowa and Illinois:

Iowa Marriage License Requirements  (All counties in Iowa have the same requirements.  You may file with any county registrar.)

Rock Island County Marriage License Requirements  (County requirements vary.  If you are getting married in another county in Illinois, please check their registrar's site for marriage licenses.)

Happy filing!


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