Civil Requirements for Marriage

A marriage license is required from the County Clerk’s office.

Residents of Wisconsin must apply before the County Clerk of the County in which either the bride or the groom is a resident. The license issued in that County may be used anywhere in the State of Wisconsin. (Clerks for the Greater Milwaukee area are listed below.)

Non-residents (both out-of-state) must apply in Milwaukee County for us to marry you at Gesu.

For more information, contact

    Mike Heimbach, Director of Youth and Adult Formation
  • 414-288-7412
  • The bride and groom must apply together, at least eight (8) days, but no more than thirty (30) days before the wedding date. Pay attention to this window of opportunity. The license is effective for 30 days upon the issuance date. In Milwaukee County, it takes a minimum of eight days to get a license.
  • Both the bride and groom must apply together. Each person must bring in a certified copy of his or her birth certificate (no hospital certificates or registration forms).
  • Both the bride and groom must bring in Social Security cards. The name on your Social Security card must be your legal name, with any legal suffixes (Jr., II, etc.).
  • The bride or groom must show proof of residency in the county for at least 30 days (does not apply to out-of-state residents). Standard proof of this is a driver’s license, showing photo for identification and reflecting your current address. If a current address is not shown on the driver’s license, two pieces of mail with current address must be presented.
  • You must supply the full name, address and phone number of the officiant performing the wedding ceremony.
  • No medical exam or blood test is required.
  • The marriage license fee ranges from $80.00 to $110.00, cash only. It is payable at the time of filing your application.

County Clerks' Offices in the greater Milwaukee area

If your County Clerk is not listed here, see the list at the WI Government Accountability Board.

County Clerk’s Office
Milwaukee County Courthouse
Room 105
901 North 9th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 414-278-4067
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

County Clerk's Office
Kenosha County Administration Bldg.
1010 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone: 262-653-2552
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kenosha County Center
19600 75th St. (Hwys 45 & 50)
Bristol, WI 53104
Phone: 262-857-1845
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

County Clerk’s Office
Ozaukee County Administration Bldg.
121 W. Main St.
Port Washington, W I
Phone: 262-284-8110 or 262-238-8110
Hours: M on-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

County Clerk’s Office
Racine County Courthouse
1st floor
730 Wisconsin Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
Phone: 262-636-3121
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Western Racine County Service Center
209 N. Main Street
Burlington, Wisconsin 53105
Phone: 262-767-2900

County Clerk’s Office
Walworth County Government Center
Room 101
100 W. Walworth St.
Elkhorn, WI
Phone: 262-741-4241
Hours: M on-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

County Clerk’s Office
Washington County Courthouse
Room 2027
432 E. Washington Street
West Bend, WI 53095
Phone: 262-335-4735 or 262-335-4301
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

County Clerk’s Office
Waukesha County Administration Bldg.
Room 120
1320 Pewaukee Road
Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone: 262-548-7010
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Wed, 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
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