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Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

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Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

We get there on a Friday and want to get married on the Monday before we fly to San Francisco on Tuesday. Is it possible to get married that quick and do we have to book anywhere / one ? we have all the documents birth certificates, my decree absolute etc. We don't want any fuss !

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1. Re: Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

cookcountyclerk.com/vitalrecords/marriagelic…

Not sure how valid it would be though since you are from England.

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2. Re: Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

Thanks for that, I had seen that page but was wondering about the timescale, can't see why we can't do it. It's just can you turn up for the ceremony holding a license. It doesn't matter we are from England apparently. Thanks for your help.

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3. Re: Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

I do not think they will marry anyone who is not a US citizen and does not have a social security number. I think that is why most Europeans go to Las Vegas to get married because they do not ask for anything other than $35 and fill out a form.

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4. Re: Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

…about.com/cs/marriagelicenses/p/illinois.htm

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6. Re: Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

As the link for the Cook County Clerk states, the only requirements to get a marriage license are that you are of legal age; not be related; present proof of identity and pay the fee.

There is no requirement anywhere that you be a resident of the jurisdiction that issues the license or a US citizen to have a marriage ceremony performed.

The only thing is who do you want to perform the ceremony? Almost any judge or clergy person can do it, but if you may need an appointment The First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple is across Washington Street from the Court House and has a small chapel on the 22nd floor in addition to the main sanctuary. Check http://www.chicagotemple.org. If you want to make an appointment with a judge, check http://www.cookcountycourt.org/ to make sure one is available on a Monday.

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8. Re: Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

Thanks Shallow_Shoal, as I thought there should not be any problem for an 'English Alien Abroad' getting married on holiday in Chicago. It's just making sure we have the correct documentation. Has anyone just turned up to the courthouse or City Hall with a license and been able to get married on the spot ?

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9. Re: Quick marriage in downtown Chicago

Thanks Mrs Farmandi,

What you were able to do is what we want. If we can walk in on the Saturday that is even better. We don't mind a basement, we don't mind if the secretary marries us as long as it's legal. Thanks everyone, we'll try anyway. Any further information welcome.

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