Wisconsin Marriage License Information
- Marriage certificates are issued by the county clerk of the county in which at least one of the parties has resided for at least 30 days. Non-residents of Wisconsin apply for their license in the county where the marriage will be performed.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply without parent or guardians’ permission. Each must present a certified birth certificate and any other relevant documents such as a divorce decree.
- Each party’s name, address, age and social security number as well as the wedding location and name of officiant must be on the application. All information is given under oath.
- Clerks issue licenses no earlier than five days after application. It is valid until 30 days after the license is issued. Clerks may issue licenses sooner but a waiver fee is charged for expedited documents.
- Each county sets its clerk’s license fees. In 2010, license fees ranged from $50 to $115 and five-day waiver fees were $5 to $25. Many clerks include helpful tips about name changes and notifications with licenses. The officiant keeps the license and files it with the county within three days of the wedding.