If you're getting married in the state of Wisconsin you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $70.00 dollars. $70 is the average across the state, but the fee can very from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

One partner must have resided in the county where you are applying for at least the last 30 days. If neither partner are residents you must apply for your license in the county where the marriage will take place.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is a mandatory 6 day waiting period before your license is issued to you. In most states, the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or federal holidays. In some instances, the day the application is filed is not included within the waiting period timeline.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 30 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Wisconsin or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Wisconsin. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Wisconsin marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Wisconsin. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place. Persons closer in relationship than second cousins may not marry. First cousins may marry if the female has attained the age of 55 years or where either party at the time of application for marriage license, submits an affidavit signed by a physician stating that either party is permanently sterile.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in Wisconsin.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Wisconsin has 72 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Adams County Clerk
P.O. Box 219
Friendship, WI 53934
Ashland County Clerk
201 Main St W
Ashland, WI 54806
Barron County Clerk
330 E Lasalle
Barron, WI 54812
Bayfield County Clerk
117 E 5th St
Washburn, WI 54891
Brown County Clerk
111 North Jefferson St
Green Bay, WI 54301
Buffalo County Clerk
407 2nd St
Alma, WI 54610
Burnett County Clerk
7410 County Road #103
Siren, WI 54872
Calumet County Clerk
206 Court St
Chilton, WI 53014
Chippewa County Register of Deeds
711 N Bridge St
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Clark County Register of Deeds
517 Court St
Neillsville, WI 54456
Columbia County Clerk
400 De Witt St
Portage, WI 53901
Crawford County Clerk
220 N Beaumont Rd
Prairie Duchien, WI 53821
Dane County Clerk 210 Martin Luther
King Jr Blvd
Madison, WI 53709
Dodge County Clerk
127 E Oak St
Juneau, WI 53039
Door County Clerk
P.O. Box 67
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Douglas County Clerk
1313 Belknap St, # 309
Superior, WI 54880
Dunn County Clerk
800 Wilson Ave
Menomonie, WI 54751
Eau Claire County Clerk
721 Oxford Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Florence County Clerk
501 Lake Ave
Florence, WI 54121
Fond Du Lac County Clerk
160 Macy St
Fond Du Lac, WI 54935
Forest County Clerk
200 E Madison St
Crandon, WI 54520
Grant County Clerk
P.O. Box 391
Lancaster, WI 53813
Green County Clerk
1016 16th Ave
Monroe, WI 53566
Green Lake County Clerk
492 Hill St
Green Lake, WI 54941
Iowa County Clerk
222 N Iowa St
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Iron County Clerk
300 Taconite
Hurley, WI 54534
Jackson County Clerk
307 Main
Blk River Falls, WI 54615
Jefferson County Clerk
320 Main St
Jefferson, WI 53549
Juneau County Clerk
220 E State St
Mauston, WI 53948
Kenosha County Clerk
1010 56th St
Kenosha, WI 53140
Kewaunee County Clerk
613 Dodge St
Kewaunee, WI 54216
La Crosse County Clerk
400 N 4th St
La Crosse, WI 54601
La Fayette County Clerk
P.O. Box 170
Darlington, WI 53530
Langdale County Clerk
800 Clarmont
Atigo, WI 54409
Linccoln County Clerk
1110 E Main St
Merrill, WI 54452
Manitowoc County Clerk
P.O. Box 1121
Manitowoc, WI 54221
Marathon County Clerk
500 Forest St
Wausau, WI 54401
Marinette County Clerk
P.O. Box 320
Marinette, WI 54143
Marquette County Clerk
P.O. Box 236
Montello, WI 53949
Menominee County Clerk
P.O. Box 428
Keshena, WI 54135
Milwaukee County Clerk
901 North Ninth St, Rm 103
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Monroe County Clerk
112 S. Court St
Sparta, WI 54656
Oconto County Clerk
300 Washington St
Oconto, WI 54153
Oneida County Clerk
P.O. Box 400
Rhine Lander, WI 54501
Outagamie County Clerk
410 S. Walnut St
Appleton, WI 54911
Ozaukee County Clerk
121 West Main St
Port Washington, WI 53074
Pepin County Clerk
P.O. Box 39
Durand, WI 54736
Pierce County Clerk
414 W Main
Ellsworth, WI 54011
Polk County Clerk
P.O. Box 172
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Potage County Clerk
1516 Church St
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Price County Clerk
126 Cherry St
Phillips, WI 54555
Racine County Clerk
730 Wisconsin Ave
Racine, WI 53403
Richland County Clerk
P.O. Box 337
Richland Center, WI 53581
Rock County Clerk
51 South Main St
Janesville, WI 53545
Rusk County Clerk
311 E Miner Ave
Lady Smith, WI 54848
Sauk County Clerk
515 Oak St
Baraboo, WI 53913
Sawyer County Clerk
10610 Main St
Hayward, WI 54843
Shawano County Clerk
Courthouse, Room 107
Shawano, WI 54166
Sheboygan County Clerk
615 North 6th St, Room 106
Sheboygan, WI 53081
St Croix County Clerk
1101 Carmichael Rd
Hudson, WI 54016
Taylor County Clerk
224 S. 2nd St
Medford, WI 54451
Trempealeau County Clerk
County Court House
Whitehall, WI 54773
Vernon County Clerk
Court House Annex
Viroqua, WI 54665
Vilas County Clerk
330 Court St
Eagle River, WI 54521
Walworth County Clerk
100 W Walworth St
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Washburn County Clerk
P.O. Box 338
Shell Lake, WI 54871
Washington County Clerk
432 E.Washington St
West Bend, WI 53095
Waukesha County Clerk
515 Westmoreland Blvd-Room 109
Waukesha, WI 53188
Waupaca County Clerk
P.O. Box 307
Waupaca, WI 54981
Waushara County Clerk
811 Harding St
Wautoma, WI 54982
Winnebago County Clerk
415 Jackson St
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Wood County Clerk
400 Market St
Wisconsin Rapid, WI 54495