|My name is Carrie Rivera, I am a Wedding Officiant/Minister and Owner of "Chicago Justice of the Peace Weddings" aka "Chicago JOP". I also
work as a Notary Public and Freelance Paralegal with Chicago Paralegal Notary Services.
Welcome and I'd like to start by clarifying, especially for couples who may be seeking this type of person to wed them, that Illinois no longer has
any justices of the peace in office. Please click and read our disclaimer for further information. Couples coming across someone in this state
who claims to be an actual justice of the peace should be reported to local authorities as it is likely they are a scam artist.
Q & A about Chicago JOP....
Why do you use the term/phrase "justice of the peace" in your company name?
Since 2008, the above phrase was incorporated into my company name, strictly for wedding officiant advertising purposes. I am not and
have never claimed to be an actual justice of the peace or a judge nor have I worked for any local, city or state governmental office in this
title or capacity.
Should anyone reading have any questions about me or my company, or anything to do with getting married here in Chicago, IL, please feel free
give me a call (773) 293-7674. I'd be most happy to assist.
What is it that you do exactly?
I am an ordained, non-denominational minister, who can legally marry any couple seeking be wed in the State of Illinois in any county
therein, provided the couple has obtained the appropriate county marriage certificate. Couples must obtain a marriage certificate for the
county they seek to be married in. Click for more information on how to obtain a Cook County IL Marriage License.
Why this job?
I fell into this particular profession when a relative, who was also an ordained pastor, asked me to fill in and interpret his wedding
ceremony from English to Spanish as the scheduled interpreter did not show up. I admired and loved sharing this event with the couple so
much, and after many encouraging compliments, got ordained and have been marrying couples ever since.
Do you marry same-sex couples?
Yes I do. I strongly believe that no one should ever be denied, what is a basic human right, to be legally wed to one's true love....for as long
as they both shall live. Finding one's soul mate is truly a blessing, and wanting to share the vows of matrimony with one another, should
never be denied to anyone.
I am GLBTQ friendly, and have proudly married many same-sex couples, some of which have been among my favorite wedding ceremonies.
I am proud to have a daughter in this community, and will continue to serve those who are ready to tie the knot.