Kane Issues First Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

Kane Issues First Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

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While a lot of residents were at the Kane County Government Center on Monday, June 2, to pay their property-tax bills on the final deadline day, 19 same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses from the Kane County Clerk’s Office, according to reports in the Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune said the first pair in line — and the first to obtain their marriage license in Kane — were Donn Bofani and Jerry McManaman of Elgin.

There were no protesters, just an average, busy day at the office, except that history was being made.


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Kane County Marriage License Office

County Clerk
719 South Batavia Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134
630. 232. 5996
approximately $25 – $60. (cash only)
M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ID Requirement:

Show proof of age and identification. Two (2) forms of identification are needed, one of which must be a picture identification (VALID Driver’s License or State I.D., military I.D. or valid passport).

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Illinois.

Waiting Period in Illinois

Illinois has a twenty-four (24) hour waiting period to get married.

Previous Marriages:

You must provide a certified copy of your divorce if you have been divorced within the last twelve months.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Getting married in Illinois will cost you approximately $25 – $60. (cash, check, or money order)

Other Tests:


Proxy Marriages:


Cousin Marriages:

Yes, first cousins may marry if they are older than the age of 50.

Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:

Yes, same-sex couples can get married in Illinois as of June 1, 2014.

Under 18:

If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you will have to provide a copy of your birth certificate along with some other sort of identification showing your date of birth. You will also need to have the sworn consent from each parent, each legal guardian or a judge – in person – before the county clerk at the time of application. Your parents or guardians will need to provide identification like a driver’s license, state identification card, Illinois Department of Public Aid card, or passport. If your parent is deceased, you will need to show a death certificate or proof of guardianship, or a court order waiving consent. A legal guardian will also need to show a certified copy of the guardianship papers. If you are under sixteen (16) years of age, you cannot get married in Illinois.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.


Ordained ministers, judges, retired judges, and public officials whose powers include solemnization of marriages.


License is valid for sixty (60) days only in the county in which it was issued.