Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat are the qualifications of a Wisconsin Wedding Officiant?
The officials authorized to solemnize marriages include judges, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis. There are also special provisions for marriage between members of the Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups
You’ll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You’ll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don’t, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don’t get married within a few months.
When you apply for your license, you’ll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a fee.
Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Wisconsin.
Application Requirement: Only one applicant need apply in person.
Applicant will be required to complete all information about both applicants: full names; addresses, dates and places of birth; bride’s name after marriage.
Identification requirements: vary in each county. A valid drivers license or certified copy of birth certificate may be requested.
Waiting Period: 5 days.
Blood Tests: No tests.
Under 18: Applicants 18 years of age may obtain a license. It is necessary to provide proof of age.
Applicants between the ages of 15 and 18 must have the consent of a parent, guardian or the judge of juvenile court.
Applicants younger than 15 needs the written consent of a parent of guardian and the consent of a juvenile court judge.
Common Law Marriage: No. However, the State does recognize common law marriages that are valid in other states.
Valid: License is valid for 6 months days.
The license can only be used within the State of Wisconsin.
It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.