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Vital Records Division
Civil Union Licenses

Beginning Wednesday, June 1, 2011, the Rock Island County Clerk's Office will begin issuing Civil Union licenses. Click herefor a list of Civil Union Officiants. As of March 1, 2011, limited information is available to us, however we have provided many commonly asked questions , with answers regarding civil unions below:

Note: If you obtain your civil union license in Rock Island County, the civil union must be performed in Rock Island County.

Click here for Commonly asked Questions regarding Civil Unions.

Requirements:

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The fee for the civil union license is $35.00 cash only.

PERSONAL CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Couples applying for a civil union license must be at least 18 years of age.

INFORMATION REQUIRED BY BOTH PARTIES
  1. Both parties must be present when applying foracivilunionlicense and must provide a valid Drivers License or State I.D.
  2. Your dates of birth, state of birth, social security numbers and occupations.
  3. Your parents full names (including mother’s full maiden name) addresses of both parents if living, and the states in which the parents were born.
  4. Your highest grade of education completed and your race origin (for statistical purposes)
  5. If either party has been previously married or in a civil union, that party will need to know the exact month, day, and year along with the county and state of the dissolution or death of the previous marriage or civil union.
  6. If either party does not speak or understand English, a separate interpreter must accompany them. The interpreter must be 16 years or older and must have a valid I.D.

There is an overnight waiting period in the State of Illinois. You must obtain your civil union license no later than one day before the civil union is performed. The license itself is good for sixty days. To waive the one-day waiting period you must have a court order.

The County Clerk's Office is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on Monday through Friday. If you have any further questions, you may call the County Clerk's Office at (309) 558-3569.

NOTE: More than one officiant can perform the civil union and officiants do not have to reside in Illinois.

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The person performing the civil union must complete the civil union certificate form and forward it to the Rock Island County Clerk's Office (1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 61201) within 10 days after the civil union is performed. A new civil union couple is required to file the civil union certificate ifthe officiant has not assumed the responsibility.

Commonly Asked Questions:
What is a civil union?
A civil union is a legal relationship granted by the State of Illinois. Partners who enter into a civil union in Illinois are entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits that state law provides to married spouses.

However, civil unions entered into in Illinois are not recognized under federal laws. Partners to a civil union in Illinois are entitled to almost none of the obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits that federal law provides to married spouses.

When do civil unions become legal in Illinois?
Civil unions become legal in Illinois on June 1, 2011.
Are civil unions only for gay and lesbian couples?
No. Both same-sex and opposite-sex couples who are in committed relationships can enter into a civil union in Illinois.
Can we enter into a civil union if one or both of us are 16 or 17 years old?
No, you must be 18 years of age or older.
Can we enter into a civil union if either of us has been married or in a civil union before?
Illinois law prohibits you from entering into a civil union if you or your partner are currently married or in a civil union or substantially similar legal relationship. To enter into a civil union, your prior marriage, civil union, or substantially similar legal relationship must either be dissolved or your previous spouse or civil union partner must have died.
Do we need a license to enter into a civil union?
Yes. To obtain a license to enter into a civil union, you must submit an application to a county clerk’s office. You may submit the application to any county clerk’s office in the state. A license is valid only in the county where it was issued and thus must be certified in that county.

The application requests basic information about you and your partner such as your names, sexes, occupations, address(es), social security numbers, dates of birth, and places of birth, as well as the names and addresses of your parents or guardians. You must also state whether you and your partner are related to each other and, if so, your relationship to each other. In addition, if you or your partner were previously married or in a civil union or substantially similar legal relationship, you must provide the name, date, place, and court in which the marriage, civil union, or other legal relationship was dissolved or declared invalid or the date and place of the former spouse or partner’s death.

You may also need to provide proof to the county clerk that you and your partner are not prohibited from entering into a civil union. Illinois prohibits you from entering into a civil union if you or your partner are under 18 years old or with sworn consent of your parents or legal guardians if you or your partner are 16 or 17 years old. Proof of your age may include your birth certificate, passport, driver's license, or an employment certificate. You are also prohibited from entering into a civil union if you or your partner are already married or in a civil union or substantially similar legal union that has not been dissolved. Proof that your prior marriage, civil union, or substantially similar legal relationship has been dissolved may include a certified copy of your divorce or dissolution decree. If your prior spouse or partner died, you may be asked to provide a certified copy of his or her death certificate. You may also be prohibited from entering into a civil union if you and your partner are too closely related to each other.

Once you and your partner have submitted the application, the filing fee (described below), and any required proof that you are not prohibited from entering into a civil union, the county clerk will issue you a license to enter into a civil union.

Where do we get a license and how much does it cost?
Licenses are issued by a county clerk. In most counties, the license costs $30. The license becomes valid in the county where it was issued the day after it is issued and is valid for 60 days. During that time, you must have the civil union certified in that county by an authorized person or the license becomes invalid. Once you have the civil union certified, it becomes and will remain valid until it is dissolved.
Do we both need to be present at the county clerk’s office to apply for a license?
Yes. Both you and your partner must appear at the county clerk’s office to apply for a civil union license. You must each present proof of your identity, such as a current driver's license or state-issued photo identification. In addition, both you and your partner must sign the application in the presence of the county clerk. A representative cannot sign on one or both of your behalves, even if you have a power of attorney or notarized affidavit giving the representative authority to sign the application for you or your partner.
Who can certify our civil union?
Your civil union may be certified by a judge or retired judge of a court of record, a judge of the Court of Claims, a county clerk in a county having 2,000,000 or more residents, or a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriage. You may also have your civil union certified in accordance with the rules of any religion, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group, provided that any required officiant is in good standing.
Do we need to have a religious ceremony in order to enter into a civil union?
No. Illinois does not require a religious ceremony to enter into a civil union. Your civil union may be certified by a religious official, but can also be certified by non-religious officiant such as a judge or retired judge of a court of record, a judge of the Court of Claims, a county clerk in a county having 2,000,000 or more residents, or a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriage.
If I enter into a civil union in Illinois, will it be recognized in other states?
In most cases, no. However, a civil union entered into in Illinois may be recognized under the laws of some states. You should consult the laws of the state where you move to determine whether that state will recognize your civil union.
If I entered into a same-sex marriage, civil union or domestic partnership in another state, do I need to enter into a civil union again in Illinois?
No. If you entered into a same-sex marriage, civil union, or substantially similar legal relationship in another state, it will be recognized as a civil union in Illinois. You may be required to provide proof of your out-of-state union such as a copy of your marriage or civil union certificate or proof that you and your partner have validly registered as domestic partners.
If my partner and I registered as domestic partners in Cook County, do we need to enter into a civil union?
If you want the legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits extended to civil union partners under Illinois law, you may wish to enter into a civil union. These same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits are not extended to domestic partners registered in Cook County. You can legally enter into a civil union even if you registered as domestic partners in Cook County.
If my partner and I had a religious ceremony but have not entered into a legal relationship in any state, do we need to enter into a civil union?
If you want the legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits extended to civil union partners under Illinois law, you must enter into a civil union. Your religious ceremony will not prohibit you from entering into a civil union in Illinois.
What happens if we enter into a civil union and our relationship later ends?
If you enter into a civil union in Illinois and your relationship later ends, your civil union must be dissolved by a state court in order to end your legal relationship with your civil union partner. If you and/or your partner move to another state after entering into a civil union in Illinois, the courts of that state may dissolve your civil union. If your civil union cannot be dissolved by the courts in the state of your residence, your civil union can be dissolved by an Illinois state court. The dissolution of civil unions follows the same procedures and is subject to the same rights and obligations that are involved in the dissolution of marriages.

Illinois law will dissolve your civil union if you either establish grounds for dissolving the civil union or if you and your partner have lived apart for at least two years and can establish that your civil union must be dissolved due to irreconcilable differences. If both you and your partner attest to the court that your civil union needs to be dissolved due to irreconcilable differences, the court may only require you to have lived apart for a period of six months in order to dissolve the civil union.

If you do not dissolve your civil union when your relationship ends, your legal relationship with you civil union partner will continue. You and your partner will continue to have certain legal responsibilities to each other and neither of you can enter into a marriage or another civil union or substantially similar legal relationship until the civil union is dissolved.

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Can I sponsor my civil union partner for immigration?
No. Because civil unions are not recognized under federal law, a United States citizen who enters into a civil union with a partner who is not a United States resident cannot sponsor his or her partner for immigration into the country.
Can I cover my civil union partner under health insurance and other benefits provided by my employer?
Your employer is not required to allow you to enroll your civil union partner in any benefit plans, even if your employer allows other employees to enroll their spouses. However, your employer may permit you to enroll your civil union partner.
Are benefits that my employer provides to my civil union partner taxable?
You must pay federal income tax on the value of any health benefits that your employer provides to your civil union partner, unless your civil union partner qualifies as your “dependent” under federal income tax law. The fair market value of the portion of your civil union partner’s benefits that your employer pays will be “imputed” as income to you that is reported as taxable income for federal income tax purposes, as well as for payroll tax purposes.

However, you will not pay Illinois state income taxes on these benefits. If you move to another state after entering into a civil union in Illinois, you may have to pay state income taxes on your civil union partner’s benefits depending upon the laws of that state.

Can my civil union partner and I file jointly for federal income tax purposes?
No. Because civil unions are not recognized under federal law, partners to a civil union are not permitted to file joint federal income tax returns or to claim tax breaks or protections that the federal government affords to married spouses.
Can my civil union partner and I file jointly for state income tax purposes?
Yes. Civil union partners have the same right to file joint state income tax returns in Illinois as married spouses. Additional guidance on how civil union partners can file joint state income tax returns is needed from the Illinois Department of Revenue.
Will my civil union partner inherit my possessions after I die?
If you die without a will and you do not have any children, your civil union partner will inherit all of your possessions. If you have children and you die without a will, your partner will inherit half of your possessions and the other half will be divided amongst your children.

If you die with a will, your civil union partner has the right to renounce what you leave him or her in your will and will be entitled to half of your estate if you have no children. If you have children, your partner can renounce what you leave to him or her in your will and is entitled to one-third of your estate.

Your civil union partner will also have a right to certain financial protection while your estate is being settled following your death. Your civil union partner is entitled to a portion of the assets of your estate that an Illinois court determines is reasonable to support your partner during the first nine months after you die. In addition, if you and your civil union partner have children, the court will include additional money to enable your partner to support your children for up to nine months following your death while your estate is being settled.

If I die, will my civil union partner be entitled to receive Social Security survivor benefits?
No. Because federal law does not recognize civil unions, your civil union partner will not receive Social Security survivor benefits in the event of your death.

Questions and Answers above - Courtesy of Equality Illinois

There are still many questions that need answers. As additional information becomes available, we will update our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (309) 558-3560.

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FAQs

Where can I get a birth certificate in Rock Island County? ›

Vital records can be purchased in the County Clerk's office either in person, through the mail or by express mail service. You can call the Rock Island County Clerk's Office for more information regarding any records that originated in Rock Island County at (309) 558-3569.

How do I get a copy of my birth certificate in Illinois in person? ›

State Access to Birth Certificates: Birth records can be obtained online, by mail, fax, and in person from the Illinois Department of Public Health - Vital Records, 605 West Jefferson St. Springfield, Illinois 62702-5097 217-782-6553.

Can I get a copy of my birth certificate online in Illinois? ›

To order online, visit VitalChek Network. A major credit card is required. $19.50 - UPS fee if selected (U.S. only); additional fee (outside the U.S.)

Where can I find Illinois birth records for free? ›

Researchers may contact the county clerk's office in the county where the birth occurred if IRAD does not have birth records for that county. For births after 1915, researchers also may contact the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records.

Where can I pick up a birth certificate? ›

Contact the vital records office in the state or territory where you were born to get a copy of your birth certificate. Follow the instructions for requesting copies and paying fees. If you need a copy fast, ask about expedited service or shipping when you place your order.

Where can I get a certified true copy of my birth certificate? ›

You can get a Certified True Copy of Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) at the Local Civil Registrar's office of the city of municipality where you were born.

How do I replace lost birth certificate? ›

Process
  1. Log into the parents e-citizen portal;
  2. Select civil registration department;
  3. Select birth certificate then select apply for replacement;
  4. Fill in the required details and upload all the necessary documents;
  5. Pay the required fee; and.
  6. You will be notified once the birth certificate is ready.

How can I obtain a copy of my birth certificate? ›

You can apply for a birth extract online using the e-Service. Only the following persons are eligible to apply for a birth extract: The birth certificate holder (aged 21 years and above) Parent of the birth certificate holder.

How fast can I get a birth certificate in Illinois? ›

You can refer to the official Illinois Department of Public Health website for more information on the different kinds of birth certificates available. Requests are processed within 5 to 7 business days.

How can I see my birth certificate online? ›

First of all, you have to visit the official website https:// bdris.gov.bd or the link provided here https:// everify.bdris.gov.bd/. After visiting there, you will need to enter your 17 digits birth registration number in the first box. Then you will have to enter your date of birth in the next box.

How do I look up public records in Illinois? ›

To obtain these public records, visit the state records website by typing in “Illinois State Records.” Next, type in the person's name and city to conduct a free background check.

How do I get vital records in Illinois? ›

Requests for vital records may be submitted to the IDPH Division of Vital Records via regular mail. Be advised that the processing time for requests is approximately 12 weeks from the time your paperwork is received. You will not receive an update from IDPH during the processing time.

Can you look up birth records in Illinois? ›

Birth records are not public records and only the following are entitled to receive certified copies: Person named on the record if 18 years of age or older. Parent(s) shown on the record. Legal guardian or legal representative of the child.

Where can I get my birth certificate at the mall? ›

All you have to do is make a beeline for the SM Business Center or Government Service Express nearest you or visit the satellite branches of various government agencies within the mall complex.

What time does the birth certificate place close? ›

Effective November 1, 2021, we will resume our public service hours, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.

Can I get a CA birth certificate same day? ›

IN-PERSON REQUEST

Same-day service is available for births 1964 to present (Informational Certified Copies, however, are not available the same day). Births prior to 1964 will be mailed within 20 working days.

Is certified true copy same as original? ›

FAQs. What are Certified True Copies? Certified true copies are documents that have been examined, checked and confirmed as an accurate copy of the original. They are used to show that there has been no interference, and no changes made, when copying an important document.

Can I get a replacement birth certificate from my local registry office? ›

You can also order certificates from the local register office where the birth, death or marriage was registered.

How do I get my birth certificate from the local civil registry? ›

PROCESS:
  1. Fill out the Certificate of Live Birth form and submit it to the City Civil Registry Department together with other requirements.
  2. The receiving clerk will check if the requirements are complete and will assign a registry number to the client.
  3. Finally, the clerk will release the document to the registrant.

How long does it take for a birth certificate to be issued? ›

This process will take 6 – 8 weeks. If you're waiting on the unabridged birth certificate and need to travel, consider asking a Home Affairs office for a letter that provides the details of both parents.

How long does a birth certificate take? ›

Some civil registration services have a walk-in service. Phone orders are usually processed in 5 working days.

How long does a birth certificate take after application? ›

Payment of fee does not guarantee that a Duplicate Birth Certificate will be issued. The processing time is between 2-6 months.

How do I find my child's birth certificate number? ›

It's usually in the birth certificate's upper-right corner. A state code, a year code, and a sequential number can also be found alongside it. An individual's birth certificate reference number is unique.

How can I find my time of birth? ›

To find out what time you were born, try asking your parents or other people who were present during your birth. If they don't know or you can't reach them, try contacting the Office of Vital Statistics or the hospital where you were born to request a birth certificate with birth time from the government.

How much is the birth certificate in PSA? ›

LOCAL REQUEST: delivery destination is within the Philippines; PHP 330.00 per copy for copy issuance of birth, marriage and death certificates, and PHP 430.00 per copy for Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR).

What is the fastest I can get my birth certificate? ›

It typically takes 4 to 8 weeks to receive your certified birth certificate copy in the mail. If you need your replacement sooner, premium services such as VitalRecordsOnline.com offer a Rush Package with expedited shipping. Some states may even be able to provide a copy within 2-3 business days.

Is birth certificate issued same day? ›

Once the child's birth has been registered, an unabridged birth certificate is issued free of charge, usually a day or so after the registration application has been submitted.

What is the best free website for public records? ›

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What is the best website for public records? ›

1. TruthFinder — Best Background Check Service Overall. TruthFinder provides what they define as “Sensitive Information”, including national criminal records searches, addresses, phone numbers, property documents, civil judgments, and photos, and some other court documents.

How do I get a certified copy of my marriage certificate in Illinois? ›

Certified copies are only available at the county clerk in the county where the marriage occurred (see RESOURCES in the right-hand column and click on List of County Clerks). The Division of Vital Records can verify the facts of a marriage that has taken place from 1962 through the current index date available.

How do I find my birth parents in Illinois? ›

Call the registry at 217-557-5159, or toll-free, 877-323-5299, TTY (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466. Mail a request for forms to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange, Division of Vital Records, 605 W.

Are adoption records public in Illinois? ›

Illinois is a closed state regarding adoptions. Therefore, once an adoption is completed, the original birth record with the biological parent(s) listed and all associated documentation will become part of a sealed Illinois Department of Public Health file.

Are birth records public in the US? ›

Birth certificates, with the exception of the names of children and parents, the addresses of parents (other than county of residence and postal code), and the social security numbers of parents, are public records.

Where can I get a walk in for my PSA birth certificate? ›

A copy of a PSA birth certificate, PSA marriage certificate, PSA death certificate, and PSA Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) may be obtained in two ways: you could either visit a PSA CRS outlet and request for a copy over the counter, or you can order it online at PSAHelpline.ph and have the documents delivered to ...

How do I get a birth certificate in Rhode Island? ›

Online: health.ri.gov/records/about/copies. By US mail: 6 Harrington Rd., Cranston 02920. Drop box at Cranston or Providence office (Cranston drop box available May 2) By appointment (Call 401-222-2813).

How do I get a birth certificate from Town of Babylon? ›

For these records, please contact the town or city the birth occurred in. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at (631) 957-3007. Records for births outside of the Town of Babylon are not kept in Town Hall. For these records, please contact the town or city the birth occurred in.

How long does it take to get a birth certificate in Nassau County? ›

Nassau County (NY) Birth Certificate Processing Times

In most cases, your Nassau County birth certificate order will be filled within 10-12 weeks. However, some vital records may take longer due to peak demand periods.

Can I walk-in for PSA 2022? ›

Due to the pandemic, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recently deployed their online appointment system for Civil Registration Services. This means that if you want to visit a PSA outlet to request for PSA certificates, you must make an online appointment first.

What is the fastest way to get PSA birth certificate? ›

PSA Birth Certificate – Walk-in at Census Serbilis Centers

This is the fastest way to get your PSA Birth Certificate – sometimes you can get it within the day or 1-2 working days. However, if the birth certificate is 1940 or older then you might get it after 10 working days since the PSAs are not yet digitally saved.

Can I get PSA without appointment? ›

STRICTLY NO WALK-IN CUSTOMERS ARE ALLOWED. YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN. Customers must use the StaySafe.ph App to enter the PSA premises. For more information about the PSA Appointment System, please contact the following telephone numbers: (02) 8461-0500 loc.

What documents do I need to get a new birth certificate? ›

Documents Required:
  1. ID of informant.
  2. Letter/card from hospital.
  3. Birth certificate of parents.
  4. If parents are married, marriage certificate should be presented.
  5. Immunization card.

Can you get birth certificate online? ›

You may apply for a copy of your PSA CENOMAR, your child, or your parent. Requesting for a PSA Certificate online is easy and safe. It is a purely contactless ordering process that you can do at home, at work, or on the go.

Can I get birth certificate in local government? ›

Ans. You can obtain a Birth Certificate after the presentation of an evidence of the child's birth (Baptismal card, Hospital birth notification, Immunization card etc.) to any of our Government Hospitals, Health Centers or our States and Local Government Offices in the 36 States and the FCT.

What towns are in the town of Babylon? ›

The Town of Babylon is comprised of the unincorporated communities of Copiague, Deer Park, East Farmingdale, North Amityville, North Babylon, North Lindenhurst, West Babylon, Wheatley Heights and Wyandanch, and the incorporated villages of Amityville, Babylon and Lindenhurst.

How long does a birth certificate take to come out? ›

This process will take 6 – 8 weeks. If you're waiting on the unabridged birth certificate and need to travel, consider asking a Home Affairs office for a letter that provides the details of both parents.

How long does a birth certificate take to come through? ›

You will need to wait for two weeks before the document is ready.

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