OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN HENDERSON COUNTY

WHERE TO APPLY: 
Henderson County Clerk’s Office 
Henderson County Courthouse 
307 Warren St 
Oquawka, Illinois 61469

WHEN TO APPLY: 
Both parties must sign the application. 
The marriage license is good for 60 days from the day of purchase. 
A one day waiting period is required. 

LICENSE IS GOOD: 
Only in the County where the marriage ceremony is performed.

FEE: 
The fee is $50.00. 
Cash, check or debit is accepted.

DOCUMENTATION 
Valid Driver’s License or State ID If expired, need 2 of the following 
Certified Birth Certificate 
Original Social Security Card 
Witnesses are not required.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: 
18+ years of age - *without parental consent.  *A driver’s license may be used. 
Under 18 years of age - *MUST have BOTH parents sign a consent form in the County Clerk’s Office at the time you apply for the license. *If this is not possible, a Notary MUST sign the form WHEN parents sign their names. 
A parent is deceased - *A death certificate or proof of guardianship, or court order waiving consent must be presented.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: 
The state of Illinois does NOT require a blood test. 
It is recommended that the parties see their physician.

NON-RESIDENTS: 
Non-residents CANNOT obtain a marriage license if the said marriage would be void in their state.

FILING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE: 
The license MUST be returned to the County Clerk’s Office by the officiant of the ceremony within 10 days after the date of the marriage.

MARRIAGE BY A JUDGE: 
If you wish to be married by a judge, you may make your own arrangements prior to the ceremony by calling the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 309-867-3121.

CERTIFIED COPY OF LICENSE: 
Send a request form with bride’s maiden name, groom’s name, date of marriage and a fee of $13.00 with a self-addressed envelope to the County Clerk’s Office. 
Request forms can be obtained by visiting or calling the County Clerk’s Office.   Additional certified copies may be obtained for $6.00 each if ordered at the same time.

OFFICE HOURS: 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Including the noon hour) Monday through Friday 
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. 
County Clerk’s Office (309) 867-2911 
Please call the office if you have any questions or email depcoclerk@mchsi.com. 

Amanda K. Van Arsdale 
HENDERSON COUNTY CLERK 

Henderson County Vital Records Request

Certified copy of a Birth Certificate: 
 Birth applicant, were you born in Henderson County, IL? 
You will need to obtain an application from the County Clerk’s office by calling (309)867-2911, or emailing us, or in person. 
Once the application is completed and submitted, we will then process the application 
Turnaround time for applications is usually 1-3 days 
Certified copies are $13.00 for the 1st, and $6.00 for each additional 

Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate: 
Marriage applicant, were you married in Henderson County, IL? 
You will need to obtain an application from the County Clerk’s office by calling (309)867-2911, or emailing us, or in person. 
Once the application is completed and submitted, we will then process the application 
Turnaround time for applications is usually 1-3 days 
Certified copies are $13.00 for the 1st, and $6.00 for each additional

Certified Copy of a Death Certificate: 
Did the deceased individual pass away in Henderson County, IL? 
You will need to obtain an application from the County Clerk’s office by calling (309)867-2911, or emailing us, or in person. Once the application is completed and submitted, we will then process the application 
Turnaround time for applications is usually 1-3 days 
 Certified copies are $18.00 for the 1st, and $10.00 for each additional