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Champaign county Prepares for State Law Allowing Civil Unions

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URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten is announcing information about his office's preparations for the June 1 opening of a new state law allowing Civil Unions.

"I am committed to administering this new law efficiently and fairly. We are implementing some new online procedures for Civil Unions that will streamline the process for customers and my staff. We are excited about these improvements and want to share as much information about them prior to June 1 as possible," Hulten stated

Civil Union licenses are available beginning on June 1 in the County Clerk's office. Eligible parties must be 18 years of age, complete a license application and affidavit, bring acceptable identification to the County Clerk's office, and pay the $4 cash-only application fee. Licenses require a one-day waiting period, and are then valid for 60 days for ceremonies performed in Champaign County only.

In addition, Hulten is launching a new online application for Civil Unions. "Applicants can visit our website at www.champaigncountyclerk.com to begin their application. Within the next 14 days, in order to complete the application, both parties must visit our office to proof their information, show identification, sign the application and affidavit, and pay the application fee. At that point we can issue them a civil union license."

The online application will improve accuracy and efficiency while allowing applicants to complete the most time-consuming part of the application process at their convenience. "We anticipate implementing a similar online application for marriage licenses shortly," Hulten added.

Civil Union licenses may be issued by the County Clerk's office beginning June 1. Additional questions may be directed to the Clerk's office at 217.384.3720 or by visiting www.champaigncountyclerk.com.

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