Marriage / Civil Union

Obtaining a Certified Copy of a Marriage or Civil Union License        


Under Illinois State Law (410 ILCS 535-Vital Records Act) only specific individuals have legal access to birth, death, or marriage/civil union licenses. The Ogle County Clerk’s Office will issue certificates to authorized individuals only. To do otherwise is a violation of Illinois Law. Vital Records are not considered public information, nor are they subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Genealogical Requests

Please note:  Absolutely no information can be given over the telephone regarding Vital Records.

Certified Copy

To obtain a certified copy of a Marriage/Civil Union Application or License:

  • Only the Bride or Groom, or partners in a civil union may obtain a certified copy of a Marriage/Civil Union Application.
  • Anyone is allowed to request a certified copy of a Marriage/Civil Union License.
  • $22 for first copy, $4 each additional copy of the same Marriage/Civil Union Application or License.

Requests in Person

  • Requests made in the office can be paid by cash or check
  • Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (except for county holidays).
  • $22 for first copy, $4 for each additional copy of the same Marriage/Civil Union Application or License.

Requests by Mail:  All mail requests must include a signed application, proper payment and self-addressed stamped envelope.

Vital Records Application (Online Payment) No Refunds

  1. Read the following steps then visit the Illinois E-Pay website.
  2. Click on the type of vital record you are requesting from the list at the bottom of the page.
  3. Complete the required information on the screens that follow. You will receive a confirmation number once the transaction is successful.
  4. Note: Print the payment receipt and follow step 5 and 6 to complete your order.
  5. Place a copy of both sides of your photo identification (example: a driver’s license or state-issued ID card) which displays your signature on the confirmation page or any piece of paper with the confirmation number, and make a photocopy.
  6. If you are NOT the cardholder, the cardholder will need to sign the confirmation page as well.
  7. Sign, date, and fax the document to the Ogle County Clerk at (815) 732-3477 or scan it and e-mail
  8. Click here to start your order Illinois E-Pay


  • Required information includes: valid photo identification, required documentation, and the confirmation page. You will receive a confirmation number from E-Pay for your records verifying your transaction was successful.
  • If your follow-up confirmation is received after 2:30 pm, your request will be processed and mailed the following business day.
  • You can e-mail to verify a request for genealogical purposes only. You must submit the following information – name of person – name of event – place of event – date (or 10 year span to search). These will be answered as time permits.
  • There is a convenience fee of $1.00 for each transaction. This fee is not charged by the Ogle County Clerk.
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