Cook County Probate Court
Probate Judge - Cook County
It is the mission and policy of the Cook County Probate Judge and Staff to provide a court that is fair, impartial, and responsive to the needs of the citizens.
Probate Court Closed - Due to COVID Exposure
Due to a COVID exposure here at the probate court we are currently closed until further notice. If you need information about a traffic or criminal case, please visit our website at cookcountyprobatecourt.com to pay online, request a plea in absentia, or find out any other information about your case. All in person court proceedings are currently suspended by order of the judge for the foreseeable future. If you have scheduled in person court date pending, you will receive additional information in the mail about your case.
Pay Traffic Citations
To pay fines and fees.
Note: You must pay the total balance for all fines and fees owed. No partial payments accepted.
Marriage license applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Both applicants must be present at the same time, and must provide an I.D.
The Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over Wills, Estates, and Guardianships.
Court records, which date back to 1875, are retained in the court vault.
Firearms Carry Permit
To apply for a firearms license you must be 21 years of age or older and be a resident of Cook County.
You must present a photo I.D. and proof of your current Cook County address.
To request a copy of birth or death certificates by completing the appropriate form
Plea in Absentia
If you wish to request a reduction on your traffic charge and or dispose of your case in absentia