Marriage and Civil Union Ceremonies
The following information is provided to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding marriage and civil union ceremonies.

Do we need a marriage or civil union license?
Yes, you must obtain a marriage or civil union license at least one day and no more than 60 days prior to your planned ceremony date.

How do we obtain a marriage or civil union license?
For a marriage or civil union to be performed in Boone County, you need to obtain a Boone County marriage or civil union license from the Boone County Clerk. Please call (815) 544-3103 to make an apppointment to obtain your license. The fee for a Boone County license is $30.00 and must be paid in cash.  For additional information please visit the Boone County Clerk Webpage.

When are marriages and civil unions performed?
Boone County marriage and civil union ceremonies are performed every day of the week (except for court holidays) at 1:00 p.m.. Ceremonies begin as promptly as a Judge can be made available.

Is there a fee?
Yes, there is a $10.00 fee payable at the time of the ceremony.

Do we need to schedule a ceremony date?
In Boone County, persons must schedule a ceremony date at least one day in advance by contacting the Boone County Circuit Clerk's Traffic Division at 815-544-0371.

Where do we check-in for our ceremony?
In Boone County, check in at the Boone County Circuit Clerk's Office at 601 N. Main St, Belvidere, IL 61008. Persons must be present on their scheduled date 10 minutes early with a valid marriage or civil union license. The $10.00 ceremony fee is payable at the time of check-in.

What type of ceremony is it?
A Judge will perform a private ceremony within his or her courtroom.

Does the court provide interpreters?
No, interpreters for ceremonies are the responsibility of the couple.  A third-party interpreter must be present if a person entering into a marriage or civil union has difficulty understanding the English language.

Do we need to bring a witness?
No, witnesses are not necessary however guests are welcome and invited to attend. Cameras are also welcome, but are subject to search by courthouse security.