How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Wisconsin?
If you like cheese, beer, and motorcycles, Wisconsin is the place for your wedding! You may get to visit the famed Harley Davidson museum, visit some of the oldest breweries in the county and enjoy the Great Lakes region of the U.S. for some hiking, biking or sailing.
Rules and Regulations
Before riding off into the sunset in Wisconsin, you will need to know about their rules and regulations for getting married there.
- You must have two witnesses 18 years or older to be present at your wedding.
- You must be 18 years old to get married in Wisconsin.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you may get married with both parent’s consent or that of your legal guardian.
- You do not have to live in Wisconsin to get married there.
- No blood test is required.
- If you were married less than six months ago, you must wait to be married until that 6-month waiting period is over.
- Cousin marriage is not allowed unless second cousins or first cousins who are 55 years old or older.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
Both of you must appear together, in person at the County Clerk’s office to obtain a marriage license. You must bring the following paperwork when you show up to apply:
- A valid, current ID such as driver’s license, passport, military ID, state ID or green card.
- Proof of current address using driver’s license, rent agreement, utility bill, mortgage receipt or a bank statement.
- Social security number for both parties.
- Both persons must bring a certified copy of their birth certificate when applying.
- If you were previously married, you need to bring the death certificate, annulment paperwork or divorce decree.
- Parent’s full names.
- Mother’s maiden name.
- Date you will be married.
- Your officiant's information including name, address and phone number.
- Name and county of the place you will be married.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a five-day waiting period before you can get married after you pick up your marriage license. Your marriage license is only valid for 30 days so plan your wedding date accordingly.
Who Can Officiate
Any religious official of any denomination or a county judge can perform wedding ceremonies in Wisconsin. You may also decide to perform the ceremony yourselves with state approval. After the ceremony, the person who officiates your wedding must file the marriage license with the Register of Deeds office.
After the Wedding
You must return the completed marriage license so it can be filed and recorded. After that, you may request a copy at the County Clerk’s office.
You may request a copy of your marriage certificate after it has been filed and recorded by contacting the County Clerk’s office where you obtained it.