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.
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- 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
$125.00, cash only. It is payable at the time of filing your
County Clerks' Offices in the greater Milwaukee area
If your County Clerk is not listed here, see the list at WI Government Accountability Board.