Obtaining a Civil Union License
When to Apply:
civil union license is issued immediately and becomes effective 24 hours later.
The license is valid 60 days. A license issued in DuPage County CANNOT be used
in any other County and State.
How to Apply:
Start your civil union application online.
Upon completing the application, both partners MUST then appear at the DuPage County Clerk's office (421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL
60187) and present proof of age and proper identification and a license fee of
The fee of $35.00 can be paid in cash, check or by credit card for
a $1.00 fee.
Identification and proof of age are
required of all persons. Any of the following documents will be accepted:
- A valid U.S. driver's license.
- A valid U.S. state identification
- A valid U.S. passport.
- A valid U.S. military
If you do not have any of the above forms of
identification, then you must present TWO (2) of the following pieces of
- A certified copy of a birth certificate.
baptismal record (the date of birth of the applicant must appear on this
- A valid foreign passport.
- U.S. naturalization
- A valid U.S. resident alien card.
- A life insurance
policy, which has been in effect for one (1) year (the applicant's date of birth
must appear on the document).
- All consulate identification cards.
Affidavits are not acceptable.
must be 18 years of age in order to obtain a license.
reside outside of the State of Illinois will be required to sign an affidavit
that the state they reside in does not prohibit a civil union.
Marriage or Civil Union:
We must know how a previous marriage or civil
union ended, including the month, date and year, county and state in which it
ended. If a prior marriage or civil union has ended within six (6) months, you
must provide a certified copy (a photocopy is not sufficient) of the death
record, dissolution or annulment decree.
Persons Prohibited from Civil
Anyone under the age of 18 years of age.
previous marriage or civil union is not dissolved.
An ancestor and a
descendent or between siblings whether the relationship is by the half or the
whole blood or by adoption; an aunt or uncle and a niece or nephew, whether the
relationship is by the half or the whole blood, or by adoption; or between first
A person who resides and intends to continue to reside in another
state where that person is prohibited from entering into a civil union or
substantially similar legal relationship by the laws of the jurisdiction where
he or she resides.