If you plan to be married or joined by civil union in Winnebago County, Illinois, you need to purchase a license from our office. Where you live is not a consideration.
You must call the Winnebago County Clerk’s office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to make an appointment to apply for and receive your license: 815-319-4250
The couple must both come to the appointment together:
Winnebago County Clerk
404 Elm Street, Suite 104
The fee for the license is $20 and must be paid in cash at our office. You cannot use the license the same day you purchase it, because there is a one-day waiting period. After the one-day wait, you will have 60 days to use the license. After 60 days, the license is no longer valid.