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Marriage license Laws in the state of Wisconsin, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Wisconsin marriage laws before filling out the Wisconsin marriage license application.

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Marriage License in Wisconsin, WI

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in Wisconsin that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license vary from state to state, so you should check with your County Clerk’s Office to ask about your local policies and procedures.

Wisconsin State Law requires a couple to apply no more than 30 days prior to the wedding date but no later than 6 days prior to the wedding. The 6 day waiting period can be waived upon consent of the County Clerk for an additional amount not to exceed $25.00. Wisconsin State Statutes require a certified birth certificate, and other official documents. In Wisconsin, the marriage license is valid for 30 days from the issuance of the marriage license. The marriage can only take place within this 30-day period.

When you apply for your license, you’ll not only need proof of identification and age, but you’ll need to apply for the certificate of marriage together.

You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman to perform the ceremony and sign the marriage license. Prior to your ceremony, you’ll give your officiant your marriage license. After the ceremony, your officiant will sign the license and send it to the Register of Deeds of the county in which the marriage took place.

ID Requirement: You must bring your Social Security Card, show proof of residence (WI Driver’s License or WI State ID), show a certified copy of your birth certificate. You must know your parents full names, including mother’s maiden name and the correct spelling of their names. Make sure you have the date and place of your marriage ceremony and the name, address and phone number of the officiant.

Residency Requirement: At least one of the marrying couple must reside in the county where the application is made for at least 30 days. If both reside out-of-state, the application is made in the county where the ceremony will take place.

If Previously Married: You must show proof of a divorce, death or annulment from your most recent marriage. A copy of the judgment of divorce (signed by a judge), legal annulment (signed by a judge) or death certificate is required. In Wisconsin, you need to wait six months after a divorce before remarrying no matter what state the divorce took place in.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Waiting Period: There is a 6-day waiting period from the date the application is signed until the license becomes effective. A waiver of the 6-day waiting period may be obtained at the discretion of the County Clerk. The cost of the waiver is $25.00.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Although the fees for a marriage license in Wisconsin vary from county to county, the average cost is between $60 - $135. Be prepared to pay in cash. Check with the County Clerk in your county to know what the fee will be.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: If either the bride or groom is 16 or 17 years old, parental permission is required. Parents or guardians are required to sign in the presence of a notary public before a marriage application is processed.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

Proxy Marriages: Not performed in Wisconsin.

Cousin Marriages: Blood relatives who are first cousins must have proof of sterilization unless the female is 55 years of age or older.

Common Law Marriages: Not recognized in Wisconsin.

Same Sex Marriages: Yes. Same-sex marriage in Wisconsin began through a court order on June 6, 2014.

Officiants: Ordained member of the clergy, a judge, a court commissioner, or certain religious appointees. You and your prospective spouse may officiate under established customs or rules of some religions.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Wisconsin.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vital Records
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53701
Phone: (608) 266-1371

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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Wisconsin County Clerk's Office

Adams County Clerk
Friendship, WI
608. 339. 4200

Ashland County Clerk
Ashland, WI
715. 682. 7000

Barron County Clerk
Barron, WI
715. 537. 6205

Bayfield County Clerk
Washburn, WI
715. 373. 6100

Brown County Clerk
Green Bay, WI

Buffalo County Clerk
Alma, WI
608. 685. 4016

Burnett County Clerk
Siren, WI
715. 349. 2173

Calumet County Clerk
Chilton, WI
920. 849. 1458

Chippewa County Clerk
Chippewa Falls, WI
715. 726. 7980

Clark County Clerk
Neillsville, WI
715. 743. 5148

Columbia County Clerk
Portage, WI
608. 742. 9654

Crawford County Clerk
Prairie Duchien, WI
608. 326. 0200

Dane County Clerk
Madison, WI
608. 266. 4121

Dodge County Clerk
Juneau, WI
920. 386. 3602

Door County Clerk
Sturgeon Bay, WI
920. 746. 2200

Douglas County Clerk
Superior, WI
715. 395. 1330

Dunn County Clerk
Menomonie, WI
715. 232. 1677

Eau Claire County Clerk
Eau Claire, WI
715. 839. 4801

Florence County Clerk
Florence, WI
715. 589. 4321

Fond Du Lac County Clerk
Fond Du Lac, WI
920. 929. 3000

Forest County Clerk
Crandon, WI
715. 478. 2422

Grant County Clerk
Lancaster, WI
608. 723. 2675

Green County Clerk
Monroe, WI
608. 328. 9430

Green Lake Clerk
Green Lake, WI
920. 294. 4005

Iowa County Clerk
Dodgeville, WI
608. 935. 5445

Iron County Clerk
Hurley, WI
715. 561. 3375

Jackson County Clerk
Blk River Falls, WI
715. 284. 0201

Jefferson County Clerk
Jefferson, WI
920. 674. 7140

Juneau County Clerk
Mauston, WI
608. 847. 9300

Kenosha County Clerk
Kenosha, WI
262. 653. 2552

Kewaunee County Clerk
Kewaunee, WI
920. 388. 4410

La Crosse County Clerk
La Crosse, WI
608. 785. 9581

La Fayette County Clerk
Darlington, WI
608. 776. 4850

Langdale County Clerk
Atigo, WI
715. 627. 6200

Linccoln County Clerk
Merrill, WI
715. 536. 0312

Manitowoc County Clerk
Manitowoc, WI
920. 683. 4000

Marathon County Clerk
Wausau, WI
715. 847. 5500

Marinette County Clerk
Marinette, WI
715. 732. 7406

Marquette County Clerk
Montello, WI
608. 297. 9114

Menominee County Clerk
Keshena, WI
715. 799. 3311

Milwaukee County Clerk
Milwaukee, WI
414. 278. 4067

Monroe County Clerk
Sparta, WI
608. 269. 8705

Oconto County Clerk
Oconto, WI
920. 834. 6857

Oneida County Clerk
Rhine Lander, WI
715. 369. 6144

Outagamie County Clerk
Appleton, WI
920. 832. 5077

Ozaukee County Clerk
Port Washington, WI
414. 284. 8110

Pepin County Clerk
Durand, WI
715. 672. 8857

Pierce County Clerk
Ellsworth, WI
715. 273. 3531

Polk County Clerk
Balsam Lake, WI
715. 485. 3161

Potage County Clerk
Stevens Point, WI
715. 346. 1351

Price County Clerk
Phillips, WI
715. 339. 3325

Racine County Clerk
Racine, WI
414. 636. 3121

Richland County Clerk
Richland Center, WI
608. 647. 2197

Rock County Clerk
Janesville, WI
608. 757. 5660

Rusk County Clerk
Lady Smith, WI
715. 532. 2100

Sauk County Clerk
Baraboo, WI
608. 355. 3286

Sawyer County Clerk
Hayward, WI
715. 634. 4866

Shawano County Clerk
Shawano, WI
715. 526. 9150

Sheboygan County Clerk
Sheboygan, WI
920. 459. 3003

St. Croix County Clerk
Hudson, WI
715. 386. 4614

Taylor County Clerk
Medford, WI
715. 748. 1400

Trempealeau County Clerk
Whitehall, WI
715. 538. 2311

Vernon County Clerk
Viroqua, WI
608. 637.3569

Vilas County Clerk
Eagle River, WI
715. 479. 3600

Walworth County Clerk
Elkhorn, WI
414. 741. 4241

Washburn County Clerk
Shell Lake, WI
715. 468. 7808

Washington County Clerk
West Bend, WI
262. 335. 4302

Waukesha County Clerk
Waukesha, WI
414. 548. 7194

Waupaca County Clerk
Waupaca, WI
715. 258. 6250

Waushara County Clerk
Wautoma, WI
715. 258. 6200

Winnebago County Clerk
Oshkosh, WI
920. 236. 4888

Wood County Clerk
Wisconsin Rapid, WI
715. 421. 8460

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