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Much of the information below is state law, however this information can change from county to county. We recommend contacting your County Clerk's Office before applying for your marriage license.

ID Requirement: You must bring your Social Security Number, show proof of residence, have a certified copy of your birth certificate if you are under the age of 30. 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 in the county where you are applying for at least 30 days. If you are from out-of-state, you must apply in the county where the ceremony will take place. of divorce, death or annulment from your most recent marriage. Yoare applying for at least 30 days. If you are from out-of-state, you must apply in the county where the ceremony will take place.

If Previously Married: You must show proof of divorce, death or annulment from your most recent marriage. You need to wait six months after a divorce before getting remarried. Copy of judgment of divorce, legal annulment or death certificate from most recent marriage.

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

Waiting Period: 6 days. If one or both of the parties is coming from out of state for the wedding,  or you are Eloping,you can ask for a waiver of the waiting period when you apply for your license. The cost of the waiver is $10, making the total needed at time of application $70 in cash.

Fees: $60.00. Be prepared to pay in cash.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

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.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Common Law Marriages: No.

Same Sex Marriages: YES!!

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.

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