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COVID-19 has put weddings across Illinois on hold. This week, Governor JB Pritzker issued a new Executive Order hoping to make tying the knot a little bit easier for Illinoisans.


With Executive Order 2020-36, Illinoisans can now obtain a marriage license using video conference and license officiants can now legally perform a marriage ceremony via a video call.


The timelines for your marriage license have also changed. Gov. Pritzker has suspended the 24-hour waiting period between obtaining your license and getting married, suspended the 10-day deadline to return your executed marriage license to the Clerk's Office, and halted the 60-day expiration period for a marriage license.


The Cook County Clerk's Office remains closed to the public. They are utilizing the new guidance from the state, but are currently only able to process a small number of marriage licenses each day. You can get information on obtaining a marriage license here along with FAQs here.