GENEVA – Since Valentine’s Day is a popular time of year for couples to get married, Kane County Clerk John Cunningham recommended in a news release that couples who plan to get married on – or near Feb. 14 – should apply soon for a marriage license.
“I encourage couples who are planning to get married in early to mid-February to come to the clerk’s office today to apply for a marriage license,” Cunningham stated in the release. “Our friendly staff at the clerk’s office will help you complete the application for a marriage license and help you check that item off your list of wedding preparations.”
Couples must appear together at the Kane County Clerk’s Office at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building. B, in Geneva or at 5 E. Downer Place, Suite F, in Aurora, the release stated.
Couples must present valid identification including proof of age, complete and sign the marriage license application, and pay the $32 application fee, which is cash only.
The clerk’s office processes applications for marriage licenses from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Couples are asked to plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing in order to allow enough time to complete the application.
Marriage licenses are issued to the couple after the application is completed. Licenses are valid beginning the following calendar day after being issued and are valid for 60 days.
Under Illinois law, only eligible persons can marry. Both partners must be 18 years of age or older, they cannot be blood relatives or already be legally married to someone else or to each other.
Applicants who have divorced within the last six weeks must provide a certified copy of a divorce decree upon applying for a marriage license. Applicants who were widowed within the last six weeks must provide a certified copy of the death certificate.
More information is available online at kanecountyclerk.org or by calling 630-232-5950.