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Dane County Clerk's Office

Marriage License

 

Check here for office closure dates, that could affect the day that you apply.

Civil Wedding Ceremony

Any supreme court, circuit court, or municipal judge, or any court commissioner may perform civil wedding ceremonies in the state of Wisconsin.

If you desire to be married by a judge or court commissioner, please contact that person directly. The name of the person performing the ceremony and the time and place of the wedding must be known before applying for the marriage license.

Before applying for a marriage license, please make arrangements with a judge or court commissioner as to the date, time and place of the ceremony. After applying for the license, notify the judge or court commissioner that you have in fact applied and have the license. The couple is then responsible for bringing the license with them to the ceremony.

Civil Wedding Officiant List

Information for Wedding Officiants

Wedding Officiants (including officiants that are ordained online), you do not need to register with this office in order to perform ceremonies here in Dane County. Please provide the couple with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, so that they can give us this information at the time of application.

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How to apply for a license

The couple must apply together. Currently, licenses are being issued through virtual meeting by appointment only.  If either applicant lives in Wisconsin, they must apply in the county where one or both of them have physically resided for at least 30 days prior to the date of application. The license may then be used to marry in any county in Wisconsin. If both applicants live out of state they must apply in the county where the ceremony will take place.

How to pay for your license

License fee is $120.  Credit or debit cards are accepted. Payment is due upon application and is non-refundable.

Where to Apply

Marriage licenses are currently being issued via video conference by the Dane County Clerk’s Office.  City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 106A, Madison.  Appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  To schedule an appointment, please email county.clerk@countyofdane.com

All applications are by appointment only.

When to Apply - Waiting Period

Application must be made at least six full calendar days before the license may be issued, but no more than 30 days prior to the wedding. You must then use your license within the next 30 days. A waiver of the waiting period may be granted for an additional fee of $25 if there are extenuating circumstances.

Ceremony Arrangements

Arrangement for the wedding must be set PRIOR to applying for a marriage license. (Legally a ceremony consists of five (5) people - the couple, the officiant and a witness for the bride and groom.). When you apply, you will need to provide the date and location of the ceremony (the county and city, town or village the ceremony will take place in), as well as the officiant's name, address and phone number.

Appointments

All marriage license applications are being processed by appointment only. Please contact the County Clerk's office via email at county.clerk@countyofdane.com to schedule an appointment.

Marriage License Application Requirements

EACH PERSON MUST PROVIDE:

  1. Photo I.D. and Social Security number (we DO NOT need the Social Security Card). If the applicant does not have a Social Security number the space will be marked with “none”.

  2. A printed document proving where each of you have physically lived for the 30 days prior to the application, for example: a driver’s license if it has the current address on it, a lease, utility bill or bank statement. You must also know whether you live in a city, village or township and the county where you reside.

  3. A certified copy of a birth certificate issued by the state or county where you were born. Birth certificate must be legible, not tattered and torn. The hospital birth certificate is not acceptable. Photocopies of birth certificates are NOT acceptable.

    **If, and only if, you were born outside of the United States, you MAY substitute a passport, green card or naturalization papers, but a birth certificate is always preferable.**

    You must know how to correctly spell both of your parents full names – including mother’s FULL maiden name.

  4. If previously married, we must see proof of how the last marriage ended - a judgment of divorce (in WI the court document is called "Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Judgment of Divorce), a legal annulment or divorce/death certificate pertaining to the most recent marriage. A printout from CCAP is not acceptable. Divorced persons may not remarry until six months after the granting of the judgment of divorce regardless of which state the action took place.

  5. The legal age for marriage in Wisconsin is 18. If an applicant is 16 or 17 years of age a consent form needs to be signed by both parents or guardians before the County Clerk.

  6. If one or both of the applicants do not speak English, a third party needs to be present to interpret at the time of application. Couples cannot translate for each other.

To help save time, please have your officiant's information (first and last name, address and phone number) written on paper.