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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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Barron
Bayfield
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Chippewa
Clark
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Dodge
Door
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Marinette
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Menominee
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Oconto
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Outagamie
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Pepin
Pierce
Polk
Portage
Price
Racine
Richland
Rock
Rusk
Saint Croix
Sauk
Sawyer
Shawano
Sheboygan
Taylor
Trempealeau
Vernon
Vilas
Walworth
Washburn
Washington
Waukesha
Waupaca
Waushara
Winnebago
Wood

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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: Not performed in Wisconsin. However, same-sex couples can apply for a declaration of domestic partnership.

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.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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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
920.448.4000


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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