Marriage License Information

Welcome to the Barron County Clerk's Marriage License Information web page. If you are already married and want a copy of your marriage license, please contact the Register of Deeds Office at 715-537-6210. If you are going to be married in Wisconsin, please read on...

 

PLEASE CALL THE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE AT 715-537-6200 TO SCHEDULE A MARRIAGE LICENSE APPOINTMENT.  Without an appointment scheduled, there may not be staff available to process a marriage license application. 

 

Where Do I Apply?

All applicants can apply at any County Clerk's Office in the State of Wisconsin IF the marriage ceremony will take place within the State of Wisconsin. You will also need to know the exact location of the ceremony when applying for the marriage license. (Example: Barron County - Town of Maple Grove.) 

When Do I Apply? 

There is a three day waiting period which starts the day AFTER application has been completed. Three days must pass between the day of the application and the day of issuance of the license. The license is then valid for the next 60 days following the issuance date. A waiver of the three day waiting period can be granted for extenuating circumstances only, examples would include couples coming from out of state or home on a military leave, with prior approval. Please contact the County Clerk's Office to discuss a waiver request at 715-537-6200.

Age Requirement: 

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to marry in Wisconsin. Applicants under 18 years of age must have the written consent of both parents, the guardian, the custodian - as defined by law, or the parent having the actual care, custody and control of the person. The written consent must be given before the County Clerk under oath, or certified in writing and verified by affidavit before a notary public or other official authorized to take affidavits. Consent forms are available at the County Clerk's Office.

Certified Birth Certificate: 

Applicants are required to provide a certified birth certificate. Certified birth certificates are available from the Register of Deeds office in the County or State in which you were born. A hospital record with footprints or a baptismal certificate are not acceptable since neither are a legal document. Photo copies of the birth certificate will not be accepted. The State Notification of Birth Registration is also not acceptable since it is not a certified copy of the birth certificate. Certificated copies of a birth certificate are issued by a Government Agency.  Any birth certificate in a language other than English must be translated. The translation must be provided by a professional translation service or by a person within the community who routinely provides translation services (Example: a foreign language teacher or person working in a public assistance center). The translation cannot be done by the parties themselves or by a relative or friend of either party. The translation form to use is located below or you can obtain a copy of the translation form in our office.

Translation of Birth Certificate Form

Photo ID:

You must provide a current photo ID that is unexpired. Examples include: valid driver's license, unexpired passport or government issued ID.

Proof of Address: 

Your current address is where you have actually lived for the past 30 days. A post office box is not acceptable. Acceptable proof would be a valid, unexpired driver’s license, state or a secondary school ID. If your ID does not have your current address on it, a recent utility bill, bank statement, lease, government document or government license must validate your current physical address.

Social Security Number: 

Applicants must provide their Social Security numbers in order to be issued a marriage license if one has ever been issued. It is not required that we see the Social Security card.

Previous Marriage: 

If either party has been married before, Wisconsin law requires the document of how the last marriage ended. If by death, a certified death certificate is needed. If by divorce, the Judgement of Divorce signed by the judge is required. Wisconsin law prohibits marriage until six months have passed after divorce regardless of where the divorce took place. Any divorce judgement or death certificate in a language other than English must be translated. The translation must be provided by a professional translation service or by a person within the community who routinely provides translation services (Example: a foreign language teacher or person working in a public assistance center). The translation cannot be done by the parties themselves or by a relative or friend of either party. The translation form to use is located below or you can obtain a copy of the translation form in our office.

Translation of Death Certificate Form

Translation of Divorce Judgement Form

 

Fee: 

The fee for a marriage license in Barron County is $90.00. This must be paid at the time of application by cash, check or credit card and is nonrefundable. There is also an additional convenience fee when using a credit or debit card (up to $5.00) as the form of payment. Waivers of the three day waiting period are granted under extenuating circumstances only and must be preapproved by the County Clerk's Office. The waiver fee is $25.00. 

Additional Information: 

This information is also required on the application:

  • The date of the wedding.
  • The legal name, mailing address and phone number of the officiant.  It is the couples responsibility to verify the legitimacy of the officiant they choose. 
  • The county and municipality in which you reside.
  • The county and municipality where the wedding will take place.
Who May Perform Marriages in Wisconsin Statutory Requirements for Officiating a Wedding in Wisconsin

Vital Records

  • Information on how to obtain a Birth Certificate, Divorce Judgment and Death Certificate.