Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Wisconsin marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.
Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!
PLEASE NOTE!! Requirements may vary as each county in Wisconsin could have their own requirements. Check with your County Clerk for changes and clarifications in the requirements before you leave home to apply for your marriage license.
ID Requirement:You must bring your driver's license with your current address or two pieces of mail with your current address, Social Security Number, and have a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Know your parents full names, mothers' maiden 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:One of you needs to have resided for at least 30 days in the Wisconsin county where you are applying. If you are from out-of-state, you must apply in the county where the ceremony will take place.
You need to wait six months after a divorce before getting remarried.
Bring a copy of judgment of divorce, legal annulment or death certificate from your most recent marriage.
Waiting Period in Wisconsin:
"BEST "RULE OF THUMB" (considering weekends, etc.): Apply no less than 7 days before and no more than 35 days before the ceremony."
Source: Walworth County
Covenant Marriage OptionNo.
Fees in Wisconsin:
Common Law Marriages:
Same Sex Marriages:No.
Under 18:If either the bride or groom is under 18, you must have written, notarized consent from his or her parents or guardian. There is a Consent form available to be signed by parents or guardian before a County Clerk.
If either of you are under the age of 16, you may not get married in Wisconsin.
Officiants in Wisconsin: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.
Miscellaneous:The Wisconsin marriage license is valid for thirty (30) days. What this means is you two have 30 days to get married and have your marriage license officially recorded. If you wait past that time frame, you can't get married without applying for and paying for another marriage license. Some Wisconsin counties drop this time frame to two weeks if either one of you is not yet 18 years old.
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53701
Phone: (608) 266-1371
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