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.
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER BASED ON DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, On March 14, 2020, the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, Harold Melton issued an Order Declaring a Judicial Emergency due to COVID-19, until April 13, 2020;
WHEREAS, In the interest of public health, safety, and welfare, this court will remain open and will conduct all essential functions as listed below. All non-essential matters will be canceled, rescheduled or conducted by alternative methods for the duration of the judicial emergency;
WHEREAS, since there are probate court services and functions that need to be amended, suspended, and/or rescheduled to protect the public and court staff from COVID-19, it is hereby ORDERED the following be designated as essential proceedings of the probate court:
- Emergency Guardianships and Conservatorships;
- Permanent Guardianships and Conservatorships of Minors and Adults;
- All legitimate emergency motions and/or petitions;
- Medical Consent Guardianships;
- Mental Health Proceedings and Orders to Apprehend;
- Criminal First Appearance Hearings;
- Probation Bond Hearings;
- Marriage Licenses and Issuance/Processing of Vital Records;
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