EAU CLAIRE COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Eau Claire County Courthouse
721 Oxford Avenue Room 3350
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm*
*Starting January 1, 2019, hours will be 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 is valid anywhere in Wisconsin.
If applicants are getting married in Wisconsin, but NEITHER has lived in Wisconsin for the past 30 days, they must apply in person in the county where the ceremony will be performed.
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 must 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 must present proof of current address. A current address is where an applicant has actually lived for the past 30 days. A driver’s license, ID card, lease agreement, bank statement or a bill may be used if it contains a current address.
If either applicant has been previously married, a signed and dated copy of the divorce decree, annulment or death certificate from the most recent marriage must be presented. A divorced person 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 the wedding, where the wedding will take place (city, village or township) name of the church, home or facility and the officiant’s name, address and phone number.
MINIMUM AGE TO MARRY
No one under the age of 16 can get married in Wisconsin, regardless of circumstances. An applicant between the ages of 16 and 18 must obtain the consent of his/her parents or legal guardians. If both parents are deceased, the appointed legal guardian must sign.
CAN I GET MARRIED IN THE COURTHOUSE?
The Family Court Commissioner, Nathan Novak, performs marriages in the Courthouse at no charge. An appointment may be made by calling (715) 839-6029. Other Eau Claire County Court Commissioners are available for hire. A current listing can be found here.
The marriage license fee is currently $80.00. If applying in 2019, the marriage license fee will be $95.00. There are no refunds and we cannot accept out-of-state checks. Payments can be made by cash, local check or credit card (credit card payments will be charged a convenience fee).
Printable version of requirements and Instructions can be found here.