Wisconsin Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in WI

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