Marriage License Requirements
Questions can be addressed to (715) 839-4801
WHEN AND WHERE DO WE APPLY?
Wisconsin residents who will be getting married in Wisconsin must apply at the County Clerk's office in the county where one of the applicants has lived for the last 30 days; this license will be valid anywhere in Wisconsin.
If you are getting married in Wisconsin, but NEITHER of you has lived in Wisconsin for the past 30 days, you must apply in person in the county where the ceremony will be performed.
Eau Claire County Courthouse, 721 Oxford Avenue, in the County Clerk's office Room 1650.
Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Applicants must apply at least 7 calendar days but not more than 35 days before the ceremony. After application, the license is issued 6 days from that date; then the license is to be used within 30 days.
INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS NEEDED
(any documents not in English must be translated and certified)
All applicants must exhibit a CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATE. A certified birth certificate is obtained from the Register of Deeds office in the county in which the birth occurred. Hospital-issued certificates, faxed copies, photocopies and notifications of birth registration are not certified birth certificates and are, therefore, unacceptable.
Both applicants must apply in person and present photo identification such as a driver's license, passport, alien card or a school ID.
Both applicants need to present proof of current address; your current address is where you have actually lived for the past 30 days. You can use a driver's license or ID card if they have the current address or a lease agreement or utility bill with a current address.
If either applicant has been previously married, a signed and dated copy of the divorce decree, annulment or death certificate must be presented. Divorced person(s) may not remarry until 6 months after the granting of the Judgment of Divorce regardless of where the action took place.
Applicants need to provide their Social Security numbers.
Applicants will be asked the date of wedding, where the wedding will take place, the name of the church, home or facility, and in what city, village, township, and the officiant's name, address and county.
MINIMUM AGE TO MARRY
No one under the age of 16 can get married in Wisconsin, regardless of circumstances. Applicants between the age of 16 and 18 must obtain the consent of their parents or legal guardians. If both parents are deceased, whoever has been appointed legal guardian must sign.
CAN I GET MARRIED IN THE COURTHOUSE?
The Family Court Commissioner, Timothy Adler, performs marriages in the Courthouse at no charge; you can make an appointment by calling (715) 839-6029.
The marriage license fee is $80.00. There are no refunds and we cannot accept out-of-state checks, bank or credit cards.