Marriages by a Judge
Valid Marriage License:
Please contact the Lake County Clerk’s Office at (847) 377-2400. They are located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, IL in Room 101, (right off of the main lobby) or visit their "Marriage License Information" web page for more information and requirements on obtaining a marriage license.
One Day Waiting Period:
PLEASE NOTE: By State law, there is a one day waiting period from when you obtain your marriage license to when your license is valid. For example, this means that a license obtained on a Thursday is not valid until the following day, Friday.
In extraordinary circumstances this waiting period can be waived. Contact the Circuit Clerk's office for more information.
The fee to apply for a marriage license is $25.00 as of 1 August 2008 (from $20.00). Payment may be made in cash or by check/money order payable to the Lake County Clerk. Certified copies of the completed Marriage License may be ordered and prepayment made at the time of application. The first certified copy is $8.00 and additional copies are $4.00 each.
If you would like a Judge to perform the marriage, go to the
Court Administration Office next, located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, IL, Room 116 (1st floor of the main court hallway between Courtrooms C103 and C105) with your valid marriage license. Check-in with the Court Admin Secretary who will check your paperwork and locate an available judge. Please review the "Recommended Times" before coming to the courthouse.
The Court Admin Secretary will then send you to the Lake County Circuit Clerk's office to collect a marriage fee of $10.00 – Cash Only. The Lake County Circuit Clerk's office is located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, IL, lower level (off of the Washington Street entrance).
NOTE: The Lake County Clerk and Lake County Circuit Clerk are two different offices.
By State law, no witnesses are needed, but you may invite small groups of guests.
No rings are required.
Where do we go?
Where to go in the Courthouse:
- Both of you going to the Lake County Clerk's Office together to obtain the the Marriage License
- With a valid marriage license, go to the Court Administrator’s Office located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, IL, Room 116. Please review the "Recommended Times" before coming to the courthouse;
- Go to the Circuit Clerk's Office to pay the marriage fee.
- The Circuit Clerk or Court Secretary will then direct you and your marriage party to the courtroom for the ceremony.
When is the best time?
We do not schedule appointments for marriages by a judge.
During the weekdays, we cannot always guarantee the availability of a judge, so we recommend coming in between the hours of 2:30 PM until 4:00 PM. This is the most likely time that a judge may be available. Mornings and early afternoons are not recommended due to the needs of the normal court call. Also marriages are not performed during the hours of 12:00 Noon and 1:30 PM.
For weekends and holidays, marriages by a judge can be performed during the Saturday morning and Holiday Bond Court. Check below for more information.
Saturday Morning Bond Court:
Saturday morning Bond Court is conducted in the Babcox Justice Center located at 20 South County Street, Waukegan, IL, Courtroom 120. Please come to Courtroom 120 between the hours of 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM.
Upon arriving that morning, contact the deputy or circuit clerk in Courtroom 120 with your valid marriage license and $10.00 marriage fee to get on the court's schedule. Please do not arrive later than 11:00 AM.
Holiday Bond Court:
Holiday Bond court is conducted in the Babcox Justice Center located at 20 South County Street, Waukegan, IL, Courtroom 120 at 9:00AM. The Judge will leave once the court call and any known marriages are completed. We recommend arriving close to 9:00AM.
Click here to view the current Holiday Court Schedules.
Upon arriving that morning, contact the deputy or circuit clerk in Courtroom 120 with your valid marriage license and $10.00 marriage fee to get on the court's schedule.
It may be advisable to call (847) 377-3600, during normal working hours, if you are planning to come in during a weekend or a holiday, to see if there has been any changes in the schedule.
Marriage Information Line
The court sponsors a Marriage Information Line to assist in answering questions concerning Marriage by a Judge. Please call 1-847-377-3999. Selections are recorded in both English and Spanish.
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