Marriage & Civil Union Certificates

The County Clerk’s Office can provide you with a Will County marriage and civil union certificate if the ceremony took place within Will County. (This information is if the ceremony already took place.  See Marriages/Civil Union Licenses if you are having your ceremony in Will County.)

WHO CAN PICK UP
Marriage and civil union certificates are not public record and are only available to:

  • Bride/groom/partner
  • Parents of bride/groom/partner

HOW TO OBTAIN
– In person at: Will County Clerk’s Office – 302 N. Chicago Street, Joliet 60432: Monday- Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Must have a valid photo id with current address**
  • Fees are payable in cash or check, no credit or debit cards are accepted
  • All documents are certified with raised Will County Seal
  • Documents are made while you wait, usually within 10 minutes

– By mail:  fill in & print out the marriage/civil union record request form, include a copy of valid identification** along with payment (Mailed back within 48 hours)

– Online:  through VitalChek (All requests leave our office the same day requested by UPS if received before 2:30 PM CST)

– No marriage/civil union certificates can be faxed or emailed

**ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF VALID IDENTIFICATION
If not provided, unreadable or expired, the mail in request will be returned unprocessed.
Illinois Driver’s License
– Illinois State Identification Card
– Out-of-State Driver’s License or ID Card
– U.S. Military Identification Card
– U.S. Naturalization Certificate
– U.S. Passport

WHAT ARE THE FEES
$9.00 for one certified copy
$4.00 for additional certified copies of the same record
PLEASE NOTE:  Any certificate(s) ordered through VitalChek, pay additional fees.

DON'T HAVE A CURRENT VALID PHOTO ID
– Submit TWO documents with your name, one of which must show your current address, that proves your identity
ONE piece of documentation can be a bill or piece of mail
– The other piece of documentation must be one of the following items listed below:

  • Medical/car insurance card
  • Car registration paperwork
  • Credit card statement
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck stub with imprinted information
  • Public assistance card
  • Voter’s registration card

If your driver’s license is expired, but you have an extension sticker on the back of it, you must submit a copy of both sides.
We will accept a driver’s license that is no more than six months expired ALONG WITH one more piece of proof from the above list.
If you are currently incarcerated, you can submit a dated copy of your prison intake/offender summary sheet containing your photo.
If you are writing from a state or federal agency, you can submit a copy of your work badge.

SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

CANNOT DOWNLOAD THE MARRIAGE/CIVIL UNION REQUEST FORM
You can request the marriage/civil union record by writing to:
Will County Clerk
Attn: Vital Records
302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet IL 60432

The letter must be clear and legible including the following information:

  • Bride/partner’s full name
  • Groom/partner’s full name
  • Date of marriage/civil union
  • City and county where the marriage/civil union occurred, if known
  • Your return address and phone number
  • Your written signature

Include with the letter

  • A money order or check made payable to the Will County Clerk’s Office
  • A legible/readable copy of your valid photo identification card**

For more information about Vital Record services contact us.