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Can I get someone elses Birth Certificate?

No. You are entitled to certified copies of your own (if of legal age) and your children's. However, records over 75 years old are available for geneaology.

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How far back do your records go?

Birth and Death Records go back to 1878; Marriage Records date to 1839; County Board minutes to 1839.

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What must I bring with me to obtain a Marriage License?

If you are planning on being married in Whiteside County, you need to bring your partner and a photo ID. The cost is $20.00 which must be cash or check. You will get the license the same day you come in, it is good to use the next day and good for 60 days in which to use.  We will swear you both in, ask you your social security numbers, state that each of you where born in, and parents information-father's name and mother's maiden name; their current addresses; and the state each parent was born in. You must be at least 18 years of age. If you are under 18, both of your parents must be present when getting your license OR we have a form that the parents can sign in front of a notary, stating they give their permission for you to marry.

If you have been married previously, we will ask you how the last marriage ended (death or divorce); date of when that occurred; and the county and state.

Civil ceremonies can be conducted at the courthouse in Morrison and Sterling for a fee. Please contact the courthouse in which you wish to be married to see what days and times are available.  Morrison courthouse 815-772-5188; Sterling courthouse 815-535-4530

Our hours are 8:30-4:30, but we ask you be here by 4PM.


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Where can I register to vote?

At the County clerk's Office; At any Drivers License facility and at most City Clerk's Offices. Also, mail-in registration forms are available at nearly all post offices in the county. There is also a form on this website under documents and forms.  Registration always closes 28 days prior to Election Day.

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Why do my taxes go up so much?

Either your taxable value increased (by the local assessor) or because local units of government or schools increased their tax levies, or both.