Obtaining a marriage license is a necessary element of marriage. To avoid delays and hassles, gather all necessary documents and information before going to apply. Information is subject to change, so contact your County Clerk office to verify.


One or both of the parties must reside at least 30 days in the county of application. The license may be used in any of the 72 Wisconsin counties. Out-of-state residents must apply for a license in the county where the ceremony will take place. Apply at least six calendar days before you need the license issued. Once issued, the license is valid for 30 days.



  • Over 18 years of age - unless with signed consent from guardians
  • Both parties must apply in person at same time
  • Proof of Residence (i.e. driver's license, lease, utility bills, letter with postmark over 30 days old)
  • Certified copy of birth certificate (hospital certificate is not a legal document and is not accepted)
  • Photo ID
  • Social security number
  • Copy of divorce judgment, marriage annulment, or death certificate from most recent marriage
  • Location and date of marriage
  • Officiant name, title, address and phone number
  • Names, with correct spelling for both parents, including middle names and mother's maiden name
  • A third person to interpret if one or both of the applicants do not speak English
  • Cash & license fees vary by county

Bring the marriage license to the ceremony. Your officiant fills out the license, the witnesses will sign it, and then the officiant sends it to the Register of Deeds in the county where you were married. The marriage license is processed and becomes the marriage certificate.


Dane County Clerk


Room 106A, City-County Building
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
$120 cash, 6-day waiting period
Mon-Fri: 8a-4p


Columbia County Clerk


400 De Witt St.
Portage, WI 53901
$75 cash, 5-day waiting period
Mon-Fri: 8a-4p


Dodge County Clerk


Administration Building
127 East Oak St.
Juneau, WI 53039
$70 cash, 6-day waiting period
Mon-Fri: 8a-12p, 12:30p-4p


Green County Clerk


Green County Courthouse
1016 16th Ave.
Monroe, WI 53566
$85 cash, check, or money order, 6-day waiting period
Mon-Fri: 8a-4p


Iowa County Clerk


222 N. Iowa St.
Dodgeville, WI 53533
$75 cash or check, 5-day waiting period
Mon-Fri: 8:30a-4p


Jefferson County Clerk


Jefferson County Courthouse, Room #109
320 S. Main St., Room 109
Jefferson, WI 53549
$90 cash, 5-day waiting period
Mon-Fri: 8a-4p


Rock County Clerk


Rock County Courthouse
51 S. Main St.
Janesville, WI 53545
$95 cash or local check, 6-day waiting period
Mon-Fri: 8a-4:30p


Sauk County Clerk's Office


Sauk County West Square Building
505 Broadway, Room #144
Baraboo, WI 53913
$80 cash or check, 5-day waiting period
Mon-Fri: 8a-4p