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Wisconsin Marriage

UPDATED: December 2, 2010

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Wisconsin marriage laws provide specific guidelines for couples wishing to marry in Wisconsin. Couples must first obtain a valid marriage license. Age restrictions apply, as minors must obtain parental consent before a license will be issued. The state of Wisconsin also does not recognize common law marriages. A summary of Wisconsin marriage laws is offered below.


Wisconsin Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds must obtain parental consent in order to apply for a marriage license in Wisconsin. The parent will be required to sign a notarized consent form. Minors younger than 16 will not be issued a marriage license in Wisconsin.
  • Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older can apply for a marriage license in Wisconsin without parental consent.


Wisconsin Common Law Marriage

The state of Wisconsin does not recognize common law marriages.


Wisconsin Marriage License

  • Residency:  No residency requirement.
  • Tests: None.
  • Identification Required:  Photo ID such as a driver’s license, certified copy of birth certificate, and social security card.
  • Appearance/Proxy:  No proxy marriages in Wisconsin. Both parties must apply in person.
  • Previous Marriages:  Previously married individuals must provide certified proof of the ending of the previous marriage, whether it is a divorce decree or death certificate. Divorced individuals must wait at least 6 months from the time that divorce was finalized in order to re-marry.
  • Length of License:  30 days from the time of issuance.
  • Fees:  Vary by county, but generally $105 to $115, payable in cash only.
  • Authorized Wisconsin Officiants:  Judges, court commissioners, and ordained ministers.

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