The Kane County Clerk's office issues marriage licenses to couples who are getting married in Kane County as well as serves as the official record keeper for marriages. The Clerk's department of Vital Records provides copies of these documents for eligible individuals upon request.
Governor Pritzker's Executive Order 2020-36, dated May 1, 2020, made some temporary changes to the requirements for marriage licenses and marriages during the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations.
During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations (the first of which was issued March 9, 2020) a marriage license is no longer subject to the requirements that it expires within 60 days of issuance and that the marriage license must be returned to the County Clerk within 10 days of a marriage ceremony. In addition, during the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, marriage licenses are effective of the date of issue for couples who obtain the marriage license. This means that there is no longer a one-day waiting period before a marriage license may be used.
In addition, there are provisions in the Executive Order to provide for the marriage ceremonies utilizing two-way audiovisual communication technology subject to certain conditions. The technology must allow for direct interaction between the couple and the person who solemnizes the marriage; the couple seeking the marriage services must present valid photo identification to verify their identity during the videoconference using audio/video communication technology that is a of a quality resolution such that the person solemnized in the marriage is able to inspect it; the couple must attest to being physically situated in Kane County; the couple must transmit by mail a legible copy of the signed document directly to the person who solemnizes the marriage no later than one day after the document is signed; and the person who solemnized the marriage must sign the transmitted copy and transmit the same copy back to the County Clerk for processing and filing.