Marriage to a Illinoisan

This page describes how to marry in Illinois and how to sponsor your Illinoisan spouse for permanent residence in Canada.

If you want to bring your American spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page.

 

Processing Time

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your American spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 15 months (as of June 2016). If you are sponsoring your American spouse “inland,” the process will take over two years.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship for more information on the processing times of these applications.

 

Illinois's Marriage Basic Requirements

In Illinois, as with most US States, you need to apply for a marriage license and register your marriage with the local (county) authorities. It’s important to note that the method of payment also differs from county to county; you may need cash so call ahead! Common Law “marriages” are not allowed under Illinois law.

The legal age for marriage in Illinois is 18, but minors over 16 can marry if their parents accompany them to the county clerk office.

The marriage license fee is either US$30 or $50, depending upon the county. Accepted payment methods vary!

You will need to make sure you have the right documents for the county you are marrying in. Take your passport and all of the documents you brought with you from Canada with you to the court house or county clerk’s office. Your Illinois spouse needs to present their passport, birth certificate and proof of single status.

Appointments are not normally required, though some county clerk’s offices might require them, or may have long lines.

In Illinois, there is a 24-hour waiting period for the certificate.

Once the license is issued, you will have 60 days to marry.

 

Documents required from the Canadian Spouse

  • Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad
  • Original valid Canadian passport
  • Original birth certificate
  • Original death certificate of deceased spouse if widowed
  • Original divorce decree or annulment papers if divorced

 

Documents required form the American Spouse

  • Original valid driver’s license
  • Original birth certificate
  • Original death certificate of deceased spouse if widowed
  • Original divorce decree or annulment papers if divorced

Once you have your marriage license, you have 60 days to have the marriage ceremony.

If one or both of you are under 18, you need to bring your parents.

 

Family Members

Having children does not affect the application for a Marriage License in Illinois.

 

County Clerks

Payment methods vary by county. Always contact the clerk before going to the office to make sure you have the right payment method.

County Courthouse Address Phone Number Cost Payment Method Hours
Adams County 507 Vermont Street
Quincy
Illinois 62301
217-227-2150 $22.00 Cash or Check Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Alexander County 2000 Washington Avenue
Cairo
IL 62914
618-734-7000 $55.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Bond County 203 West College Avenue
Greenville
IL 62246
618-664-0449 $24.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Boone County 1212 Logan Avenue
Suite 103
Belvidere
IL 61008
815-547-4770 $20.00 Certified check or money order Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Brown County 200 West Court Street
Room 4 Mount
Sterling
IL 62353
217-773-3421 $38.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Bureau County 700 South Main Street
Room 104
Princeton
Illinois 61356
815-875-2014 $35.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Calhoun County 102 County Road
Hardin
IL 62047
618-576-2351 $25.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Carroll County 301 N. Main St
Mt Carroll
IL 61053
815-244-0221 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Cass County 100 East Springfield Street
Virginia
IL 62691
217-452-7217 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Champaign County 1776 East Washington Street
Urbana
IL 61802
217-384-3720 $75.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:15PM
Christian County 101 South Main Street
Taylorville
IL 62568
217-824-4969 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Clark County County Clerk, Courthouse
1st floor 501 Archer
Marshall
IL 62441
217- 826-8311 $27.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Clay County 111 E. Chestnut
Room 106
Louisville
IL 62858
618-665-3626 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Clinton County 850 Fairfax Street
Carlyle
IL 62231
618-594-6620 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Coles County 651 Jackson Avenue, Room 122
Charleston
Illinois
217-348-0501 $55.00 Check or cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Cook County Daley Center 50 West
Washington St
Chicago
IL 60602
312-603-7790 $60.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Crawford County 100 Douglas St
Robinson
IL 62454
618-546-1212 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Cumberland County 140 Courthouse Square
Toledo
Il 62468
217-849-2631 $38.00 Cash or check Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Dekalb Count 110 East Sycamore Street
Sycamore
IL 60178
815-895-7149; $35.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Dewitt County 201 W. Washington St
Room 109
Clinton
IL 61727
(217) 935-7780 $55.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Douglas County 401 South Center Street
Tuscola
IL 61953
217-253-2411 $69.00 Call to Confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Dupage County 421 North County Farm Road
Wheaton
IL 60187
630-407-5500 $35.00 Cash or check
Credit card available for $1.00
Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Edgar County 115 W. Court Street
Room J
Paris
Illinois 61944
217-466-7433 $35.00 Cash or check Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Edwards County 50 East Main Street
Albion
Illinois 62806
618-445-2115 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Effingham County 101 North 4th St
Effingham
IL 62401
217-342-6535 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Fayette County 221 South 7th Street
Room 106
Vandalia
Illinois 62471
618-283-5000 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Ford County 200 W State Street
Room 101
Paxton
IL 60957
217 379-9400 $35.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM
Franklin County 202 West Main Street
Benton
IL 62812
618-438-3221 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Fulton County 100 North Main Street
Room 105
Lewistown
Il 61542
309-547-3041 $75.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-3:30PM
Gallatin County 484 Lincoln Boulevard East
Shawneetown
IL 62984
618-269-3025 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Greene County 519 North Main Street
Carrolton
Illinois 62016
217-942-5443 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Grundy County 111 East Washington St
Morris
IL 60450
815-941-3222 $46.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Hamilton County 100 South Jackson
Mcleansboro
IL 62859
618-643-2721 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Hancock County 600 Main Street
Carthage
IL 62321
217-357-3911 $20.00 Personal checks, cash or money orders accepted Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Hardin County 1 Market St
Elizabethtown
IL 62931
618-287-2251 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Henderson County 307 Warren St
Oquawka
IL 61469
309-867-3121 $25.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Henry County 307 West Center Street
Cambridge
IL 61238
$25.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM ???
Iroquois County 1001 East Grant Street
Watseka
Illinois 60970
$33.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM ???
Jackson County 1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro
IL 62966
618-687-7360 $35.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Jasper County 100 West Jourdan Street
Newton
IL 62448
618-783-3124 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Jefferson County 100 South 10th Street
Room 105
Mt. Vernon
IL 62864
618-244-8020 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Jersey County 200 North Lafayette
Jerseyville
Illinois 62052
618-498-5571 $35.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Jo Daviess County 330 North Bench Street
Room 108 (Clerk)
Galena
IL 61036
815-777-0161 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Johnson County 400 Court Square
Vienna
IL 62995
618-658-3611 $35.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Kane County 719 South Batavia Avenue
Building B
Geneva
IL 60134
630-232-5950 $27.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Kankakee County 189 East Court Street
Kankakee
IL 60901
(815) 937-2990 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Kendall County 111 W Fox St
Room 220
Yorkville
Illinois
630-553-4104 $35.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Knox County 200 South Cherry Street
Galesburg
Illinois 61401
309-345-3815 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Lake County 18 North County Street
Waukegan
Illinois 60085
847-377-2411 $25.00 Some credit and debit cards are accepted Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
LaSalle County 707 East Etna Road
P.O. Box 430
Ottawa
IL 61350
815-434-8202 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Lawrence County 1100 State Street
Lawrenceville
IL 62439
618-943-2346 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Lee County 112 East Second Street
Dixon
IL 61021
815-288-3309 $35.00 Cash or Check (checks only acceptable from Groom) Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Livingston County 112 West Madison
St. Pontiac
IL 61764
815-844-2006 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Logan County 601 Broadway Street
Lincoln
IL 62656
217-732–4148 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM
Macon County 141 S. Main St
Room 104
Decatur
IL 62523
217-424-1305 $75.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Macoupin County 201 East Main
P.O. Box 107
Carlinville
IL 62626-0197
217-854-3214 $75.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Madison County 157 North Main
Suite 109
Edwardsville
IL, 62025
618-692-6290 $30.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Marion County 100 East Main St
#206
Salem
IL 62881
618-548-3856 $65.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Marshall County 122 North Prairie
P.O. Box 328
Lacon
IL 61540-0328
309-246-6325 $75.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:15PM
Mason County 125 North Plum Street
Havana
IL 62644
309-543-6661 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Massac County 1 Superman Square
Room 2A
Metropolis
IL 62960
618-524-5213 $75.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
McDonough County 1 Courthouse Square
Number 7
Macomb
IL 61455
309-833-2474 $65.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
McHenry County 667 Ware Road
Room 107
Woodstock
IL 60098
815-334-4242 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
McLean County 115 East Washington St.
Bloomington
IL 61701
309-888-5190 $38.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Menard County 102 South 7th Street
PO Box 465
County Courthouse
Petersburg
IL 62675
217-632-3201 $50.00 Cash or check Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Mercer County 100 S East 3rd St
Aledo
IL 61231
309-582-7021 $20.00 Cash or check Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Monroe County 100 South Main Street
Waterloo
IL 62298
618-939-8681 $55.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Montgomery County #1 Courthouse Square
Hillsboro
IL 62049-0595
(217) 532-9530 $60.00 Cash, check or money order Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Morgan County 300 West State Street
Jacksonville
IL 62650
217-243-8581 $55.00 Cash, check or money order Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Moultrie County 10 South Main Street
Sullivan
IL 61951
217-728-4389 $55.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Ogle County 4th & Washington
Room 101
Oregon
IL 61061
815. 732. 3201 $22.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Peoria County 300 Main Street
Peoria
IL 61602
309 672 6059 $25.00 All methods acceptable, but additional fees for credit and debit cards Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Perry County 3764 State Routes 13-127
Room 204
Pinckneyville
IL 62274
618-357-5116 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Piatt County 101 West Washington
Monticello
IL 61856
217-762-9487 $30.00 Cash, check or money order Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Pike County 121 East Washington
Pittsfield
IL 62363
217-285-6812 $30.00 Cash or check Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:00PM
Pope County 400 Main Street
Golconda
IL 62938
618-683-4466 $60.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Pulaski County 500 Illinois Avenue
Mound City
IL 62963
618-748-9360 $60.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Putnam County 120 North Fourth Street
P. O.Box 236
Hennepin
Illinois 61327
815-925-7129 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Randolph County #1 Taylor Street
Room 202
Chester
IL 62233
618-826-2510 $25.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Richland County 103 West Main Street
#21
Olney
Illinois 62450-2170
618-392-3111 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Rock Island County 1504 Third Avenue
Rock Island
Illinois 61201
309-558-3569 $35.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Saline County 10 East Poplar Street
Harrisburg
IL 62946
618-253-8197 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Sangamon County 200 South Ninth Street
Room 101
Springfield
IL 62701
217-753-6700 $75.00 All methods accepted except debit Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Schuyler County 102 South Congress St
Rushville
IL 62681
217-322-4734 $55.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Scott County 101 East Market Street
Winchester
IL 62694
217-742-3178 $35.00 All methods accepted except debit Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Shelby County 301 East Main St
#12
Shelbyville
IL 62565
217-774-4421 $75.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
St. Clair County 10 Public Square
Belleville
Illinois 62220-1623
618-277-6600 $32.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-5:00PM
Stark County 130 West Main St
Toulon
IL 61483
309-286-5911 $40.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Stephenson County 50 West Douglas St
Suite 500
Freeport
IL.
815-235-828 $55.00 Money order, cash or check Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Tazewell County 11 South 4th Street
2nd Floor - Suite 203 (Recorders Suite 124)
Pekin
IL 61554
309-477-2264 $49.00 All methods acceptable Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-4:30PM
Union County 309 East Market St
#147
Jonesboro
IL 62952
618-833-5711 $25.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Vermillion County 6 North Vermilion Street
Courthouse Annex – 1st Floor
Danville
Illinois 61832
217-431-2615 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Wabash County 401 North Market St
Mt Carmel
IL 62863
618-262-4561 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Warren County 100 West Broadway
Monmouth
IL 61462
309-734-8592 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Washington County Washington County Courthouse
101 East St. Louis St
Nashville
IL 62263
618-327-4800 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Wayne County 302 East Main St.
Fairfield
Illinois 62837
618-842-5182 $20.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
White County 301 East Main Street
P.O. Box 339
Carmi
IL 62821
618-382-7211 $30.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Whiteside County 200 East Knox St
Morrison
IL 61270
815-772-5189 $20.00 Cash or check Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Will County 302 North Chicago Street
Joliet
IL 60432
815-740-4626 $28.00 Cash or check Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Williamson County 407 North Monroe St
Suite 119
Marion
IL 62959
618-997-1301 $25.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Winnebago County 404 Elm Street
Suite 104
Rockford
Illinois
815-319-4250 $20.00 Cash ONLY Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Woodford County 1st Floor Courthouse
115 North Main St
Ste.103
Eureka, IL 61530
309-467-2822 $50.00 Call to confirm Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM

Note: All courthouses are closed for government holidays.

 

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Religion

Religious affiliation Percentage
Catholic 29%
No religion 15%
Baptist 11%
Christian 7%
Lutheran 7%
Methodist 6%
Not specified 4%
Other 3%
Presbyterian 3%
Episcopalian/Anglican 2%
Evangelical 2%
Non-denominational 2%
Pentecostal 2%
Protestant 2%
Buddhist 1%
Church of Christ 1%
Congregationalist/United Church of Christ 1%
Jewish 1%
Muslim/Islamic 1%

 

List of American Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa

Consulate General in Calgary

Consulate General in Halifax

Consulate General in Montreal

Consulate General in Quebec

Consulate in General Toronto

Consulate in General Vancouver

Consulate in Winnipeg

 

US Visa Requirements

Canadian citizens do not need a visa to travel to the United States for tourism as long as you are staying for less than 3 months. However you may need a visa if you are travelling for another reason (in addition to getting married).

If you are a Canadian permanent resident, you may need a visa.

 

Calling Illinois from Canada

The country code for the US is 1, which is also the code for Canada.

To call Illinois just dial 1 – area code – local number, like you would for any long distance number in Canada.

These are some area codes for Illinois:

Illinois Area Codes By Prof611 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Prof611 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

  • 217: Central Illinois, running west from the Illinois-Indiana border through Danville, Effingham, Champaign–Urbana, Decatur, Springfield, Quincy until Illinois' western border with Iowa.
  • 309: Central-Western Illinois including Bloomington–Normal, Peoria, and all the way west to the Illinois part of the Quad Cities including Moline, and Rock Island.
  • 312: Chicago, the central city area including the Chicago Loop and the Near North Side.
  • 630/331: West suburbs of Chicago in DuPage County and Kane County including Wheaton, Naperville, and Aurora
  • 618: Southern Illinois, including Carbondale and most of the Metro East region of St. Louis suburbs in Illinois
  • 708: South suburbs and inner west suburbs of Chicago, including the Chicago Southland and most west and south suburbs in Cook County such as Oak Park, Oak Lawn, Chicago Heights, and Orland Park.
  • 773: Chicago, covers most of the geographical area of Chicago except the downtown Chicago Loop, which is in area code 312.
  • 815/779: Northern Illinois outside of the immediate Chicago area including Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle, DeKalb, and Rockford.
  • 847/224: North and northwest suburbs of Chicago including all of Lake County, part of McHenry County, northern Cook County, and northeastern Kane County. This area includes Evanston, Des Plaines, Waukegan, and most of Elgin.
  • 872: City of Chicago

 

Time Differences

Illinois is on East Coast Time, the same time zone as Toronto and Montreal.

 

Calling Canada from the United States

List of Canadian Area Codes:

Province Code Province Code
Alberta

403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC

236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario

226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New Brunswick 506 Quebec

418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902    

 

Emergency Information for Canadians in the United States

The Department of Homeland Security Traveller Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) in US is a single point of contact for individuals who have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during their travel screening at transportation hub like airports, train stations or crossing U.S. borders, including:

  • watch list issues
  • screening problems at ports of entry
  • situations where travellers feel they have been unfairly or incorrectly delayed, denied boarding or identified for additional screening.

 

List of Canadian Consulates in Illinois

Consulate General of Canada in Chicago

Two Prudential Plaza, 180 North Stetson Avenue
Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois
U.S.A., 60601

Telephone: (312) 616-1860
Fax: (312) 616-1877

E-mail: chcgo@international.gc.ca

Website: chicago.gc.ca

 

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