February is a popular time for marriages, especially this year because of two particular dates.
“January and February are usually busy times of year for marriages in Kane County,” said Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham. “In 2022, we have Feb. 2 (2-2-22) and Feb. 22 (2-22-22), and those are fun and easy dates to remember for an anniversary,” said Cunningham when asked about the popularity of certain marriage dates, even over Valentine’s Day this year.
In 2019, before the start of the pandemic, the Kane County Clerk’s office issued 3,279 marriage licenses. That number fell to 2,149 in 2020, but rebounded in 2021 and was on pace to reach 3,000 for the year. Cunningham said that 2022 is showing no signs of slowing down.
“We encourage couples to plan ahead and not wait until the last minute to obtain their marriage license during this busy time, but should come to the office no more than two weeks prior to the date of their marriage ceremony,” Cunningham added.
Couples planning a marriage or civil union in Kane County need to apply for a license with the Clerk’s Office. In order to save time, couples can begin the application process online at kanecountyclerk.org/VitalRecords/Pages/Marriage-License.aspx.
They will first fill out a questionnaire. When completed, the applicants will receive an email with a confirmation number. The couple will need to visit the Clerk’s Office (in Geneva or Aurora) to confirm their responses on the questionnaire, present valid identification with proof of age, sign the application and pay the license fee.
All marriage licenses are issued, in person, at the Clerk’s Office.
Kane County couples who want to get married at the Kane County Courthouse or Judicial Center must first get a marriage license from the Clerk’s Office before reserving an appointment for the ceremony. Due to the pandemic, only couples and their children are allowed to be present in the courtroom during the marriage ceremony.
For more information about how to apply for a marriage license, please visit kanecountyclerk.org/VitalRecords/Pages/Marriage-License.aspx, or call 630-232-5950.
Clerk’s Office Vital Records Services
- Birth Certificates – (630) 232-5950
- Marriage Info – (630) 232-5950
- Passports – (630) 232-5964
- Elections – (630) 232 5990
- Tax Redemption – (630) 232-5964
SOURCE: Kane County Government news release