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Marriage License Information

1. Marriageable Age:

Any person who has attained the age of 18 years may marry. If a person is between the ages of 16 years and 18 years, the license will be issued only with written consent of Parents, Guardian or Custodian. Consent forms are available in our office.

2. Residence:

Application must be made in the county where one party has resided for at least 30 days. If both parties are residents of other states, application must be made in the county where the ceremony is to be held.

3. Divorced Persons:

May not remarry until 6 months after the granting of the Judgment of Divorce regardless of where the action took place. Call our office for further information.

4. Requirements:

  • Proof of Rusk County Residency
  • All applicants must present a Certified Birth Certificate
  • Copies of judgment of divorce, legal annulment papers, or death certificate from previous marriage must be presented. Divorced 6 months.
  • Name of township, village or city and county where you presently reside
  • Name of officiant and place of ceremony, address and phone number
  • Education; highest grade completed
  • Social Security Numbers

5. Both

Applicants must sign before the County clerk or Deputy when applying for license.

6. Waiting Period:

A 5-day waiting period is required by law, but may be waived for a good cause for an additional fee of $10.00.

7. Expiration:

The license is valid for 30 days after date of issuance and the marriage must be performed within that period.

8. Ceremony:

Any judge or ordained minister or priest may perform the ceremony.

9. License Fee:

$75.00 at time of application. A reminder notice of required information:

    • Certified birth certificate.
    • Proof of residence such as a current driver's license, State ID card, etc.
    • Consent forms if under 18 years of age.
    • Death Certificate, Final Divorce Judgment (divorced six (6) months), or annulment certificate if previously married.
    • Know the full names of your parents.

As Required by Chapter 765 Wisconsin Statutes.