Applying for Your Marriage License
|KIMBERLY S. BUSHEY
RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF
WISCONSIN if either the groom or bride is a resident of Wisconsin
you must apply before the County Clerk of the County in which
either is a resident for at least 30 days. They may be married in any county in
the State of Wisconsin.
NON-RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF
bride and the groom are not residents of Wisconsin you must apply before the County Clerk of the County in which
they will be married.
WHERE TO APPLY IN WALWORTH
Walworth County Clerks Office,
Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn, WIRoom 101.
WHEN TO APPLY
Application must be made between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is a statutory five-day waiting
period, exclusive of the day of application, required from the time of
application until the license is issued. For example, if an application is
completed on the 10th of a month, the license will be issued and
can be used on the 15th of the month. If the fifth day falls on
the weekend or holiday, the license will be issued on the next business day. Counting the day after issuance
date, the marriage license is valid for exactly 30 days, and must be used in
that period of time. Since the license is valid for 30 days after issuance,
application can be made up to 35 days ahead of the ceremony, but no further in
advance. Licenses cannot leave the Clerks office until the license becomes
effective. Couples should take into account that the office is not open
Saturdays, Sundays or legal holidays. For example, if a couple is planning to be
married on a Saturday, application would have to be made at least by the Friday
preceding the week of the marriage to be able to pick up the license during
office hours. BEST "RULE OF
THUMB" (considering weekends, etc.): Apply no less than 7 days before and
no more than 35 days before the ceremony.
Both bride and groom must be present at
time of application with documentary proof of identification and residence. This is a
valid (not expired) drivers license or state ID, showing photo for identification
and reflecting your CURRENT ADDRESS. If a current address is not shown on the
drivers license, two pieces of mail with current address must be presented.
of birth certificate required for all applicants. The certified copy is that
copy which has been obtained from the County or State level office where vital
records are held and who are authorized to issue certified copies of such
records. We CANNOT accept photocopies, certificates issued by
hospitals, baptismal record, Birth Registration Notification forms, etc. Some
birth certificates do not include the parents' FULL names. In those cases,
applicants must be able to state their parents full names (full first, full
middle and mothers maiden names), correctly spelled.
If there have been previous
marriages for bride and/or groom:
Proof showing how and when the last marriage ended must be presented. Divorce:
Judgment of Divorce papers are needed. This is the document showing the names
of the parties being granted the divorce, with the actual granting date clearly
stated on it and a judges signature (the official who granted the divorce)
usually found on the last page. There is a six-month waiting period after the
divorce is granted. Thus, a person cannot be issued a marriage license if they
have been divorced less than six months ago. For example, if a divorce was
granted on June 1, the soonest the couple could be issued a marriage license and
could be married would be Dec. 1 of the same year. Annulment: Annulment
papers must be presented. This would be annulment through the Court system, not
through a church. Death: A certified death certificate must be presented. (In the
case where an applicant has been married more than once, only documentation from
the last, most recent marriage is required).
Under the Child Support
Enforcement law, Social Security numbers of the bride and groom
must be recorded in the confidential section of the application/marriage
license. The couple may either state these numbers to us, or bring the Social
Security cards with them at time of application.
Applicants will be asked to
provide the name
of the officiant (person performing the ceremony), officiants address and
phone number along with the date of the ceremony. If the officiant is not a resident of Wisconsin,
please contact the County Clerks office for further information regarding
$80.00 paid at time of application CASH
ONLY (checks, credit cards or debit cards are not accepted) There is
an additional $2.00 charge if the license is to be mailed.
PERSONS WHO MAY NOT MARRY
Blood relatives nearer of kin than
second cousin, except when the bride is 55 years of age or older.
Males or females under the age of 16.
Persons divorced less than six (6)
Males and females can marry without
parents consent at 18 years of age.
At age 16 or 17, applicant is
required to submit both parents or guardians consent to the marriage.
Parent or Guardian Consent forms (obtainable in the County Clerks office)
must be signed by both parents or guardian before the County Clerk, Deputy
County Clerk or Notary Public.
Applicants under the age of 16 cannot marry
under any circumstances.
No blood work or physicals are required.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL THE
COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE.