If you are prepared to get your civil union license in Cook County, there are several things you'll have to do.
The application can be started online to save time, but you will only be able to complete it in person.
Both parties must appear together at the Clerks Vital Records office to finish and sign the application.
In addition, parties must bring valid identification and proof of age. The legal age for civil unions in Illinois is 18 years old. Currently, the license fee for a civil union in Cook County is $60.
The license will go into effect the day after the application is completed and filed. It is valid for 60 days for ceremonies in Cook County, IL, only.
At the Courthouse or After the Ceremony
Parties can choose to marry in the courthouse or have a ceremony with an officiant. During the marriage ceremony, the officiant will finish filling out the civil union certificate.
Return the certificate to the record's office in person or by mail, and it's official- you'll be able to get your civil union certificate in person or by mail by request.
Need legal advice regarding your civil union? Contact the Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan for assistance.