Wisconsin Marriage License Information, Laws, Requirements

You must apply for a Marriage License in the Country where you are to be married. In Kewaunee, the address is as follows:

Kewaunee County Clerk
Kewaunee County Courthouse
613 Dodge St
Kewaunee, WI 54216

When applying for a Marriage Certificate, several forms of identification will be required. There is a waiting period of 6 days (not including weekends and the day you applied) from the date of application to the date the license is issued. Once issued, the license is valid for 30 days and becomes binding once signed by the couple, the officiate and two witnesses. This document outlines the procedures you must follow to obtain your license.

Cost of License

What is the cost of a marriage license?
The marriage license fee is $70.00. $70 is the average across the state, but the fee can vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirements

What are the residency requirements for Wisconsin?
One partner must have resided in the county where you are applying for at least the last 30 days. If neither partner are residents you must apply for your license in the county where the marriage will take place.

Waiting Period

Is there a waiting period from the application date to the date the license is issued?
Yes, there is a mandatory 6 day waiting period. In most states, the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. In some instances, the day the application is filed is not included within the waiting period.

Is there a waiting period from the date the license is issued to the date I am allowed to marry?
No, you can marry immediately after receiving your license.

Age Requirement

What is the minimum age a man or woman may marry?
You must be 18 years old or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Blood Tests and Physical Exams

Are blood tests and physical exams required?
No blood test or physical exam is required.

License Expires

How long does a marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?
Your license will expire 30 days from the date it is issued.

Divorced and Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?
If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. A copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered online.

How Do I Legally Change My Name?
What's the process of legally changing my last name after marriage?
Following your wedding ceremony, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This certificate will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need when you begin the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (i.e., banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).
We have created a legal name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding can be considerably convenient.

Miscellaneous Questions

Are proxy marriages legal?
No, marriage by proxy is not allowed.

Are cousin marriages legal?
Yes, cousin marriages are allowed. Persons closer in relationship than second cousins may not marry. First cousins may marry if the female has attained the age of 55 years or where either party at the time of application for marriage license, submits an affidavit signed by a physician stating that either party is permanently sterile.