Appointments when applying for  Marriage Licenses is required.  

Please plan appropriately. 

 

MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION

GENERAL

Couples planning to marry in the State of Wisconsin must obtain a marriage license in the State of Wisconsin. It is important to bring all necessary documents with you at the time of application and all documents required must be certified copies or originals. No blood tests are required. Couples should apply two to three weeks before the intended date of marriage in order to allow processing and time to obtain any additional items needed. The following information answers most questions, but if there are any issues not covered, please contact the Buffalo County Clerk's Office at (608) 685-6209.

MARRIAGEABLE AGE

Any person who has attained the age of 18 years may marry, if otherwise competent. If a person is between the ages of 16 and 18 years, a license may be issued only with the written consent of parents, guardian, custodian, or parent having the actual care, custody and control of the person. Consent forms are available in the County Clerk's Office and must be completed at the time of application. Age requirements apply at the time of marriage, not at the time of application for a license.

RELATIONSHIP

Persons closer in relationship than second cousins may not marry except where the female has attained the age of 55 years or where either party, at the time of application for a marriage license, submits an affidavit signed by a physician stating that either party is permanently sterile. 

PREVIOUS MARRIAGES

Divorced persons may not remarry in Wisconsin until six months after the granting of a judgment of divorce, whether the divorce was granted in Wisconsin or elsewhere. A certified copy of the judgment of divorce, legal annulment or death certificate from the last prior marriage must be presented. NOTE: In order to validate a marriage contracted out of state prior to the expiration of six months after a judgment of divorce, a couple may remarry in Wisconsin after the six month waiting period has expired without annulment of the out of state marriage. 

RESIDENCE

If both applicants are Wisconsin residents, application must be made in the county where one party has resided for at least 30 days. If both parties are residents of other states, application must be made in the county where the ceremony is to be held. Each party is required to present satisfactory proof of identification and residence and shall swear to the application before the clerk who issues the license.

PROOF OF BIRTH DATE

All applicants  must present a certified copy of a state birth certificate. Hospital certificates are not acceptable. 

WAITING PERIOD

A 5 day waiting period is required by law. The day of application is not included in the five day waiting period. This may be waived at the discretion of the County Clerk, for a waiver fee of $25.00(cash only). 

EXPIRATION

The license is valid for 30 days after date of issuance and the marriage must be performed within that period. The fee for a marriage license  is $75.00(cash only) and is non-refundable.

CEREMONY AND LICENSE

Any ordained clergyman of any religious denomination or society or any judge of a court of record or a family court commissioner may perform the ceremony.* The two parties themselves, by such mutual declarations in accordance with the customs, rules and regulations of any religious society, denomination or sect to which either of the parties may belong may also perform the ceremony. Two competent witnesses age 18 years or over, other than the officiating person, are required. All entries on the marriage certificate must be in black and all signatures must be written with a black pen to ensure readable certified copies and in order to be acceptable for registration.

APPOINTMENT

Appointments are required.  We do not take walk-ins.  The office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The last marriage license appointment is at 4:00 p.m.  If you are the last appointment of the day and are late you will need to reschedule.