Marriage License Application Information
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License fee is $95 in cash or local check. No out of town checks, no credit and no debit cards are accepted. Payment is due upon application and is non-refundable.
The bride and groom apply together and in person.
If either party lives in Wisconsin, apply in the county where one or both parties 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 parties live out of state apply in the county where the ceremony will take place.***
When to Apply – Waiting Period
Application is made at least (6) six full calendar days before the license may be issued. You must then use your license within the next (30) thirty days. (Example: If your marriage is on the 14th of the month and is a Saturday, you must apply no later than the 6th of the month that would be a Friday. The Clerk is not open Sat-Sun, so account for that time when applying.)
Requirements - EACH PERSON MUST PROVIDE
- Arrangements for your wedding must be set prior to applying for a marriage license. Please bring the name, address and telephone number of the person performing your ceremony. If you have no one to perform your ceremony, a Court Commissioner may be available quarterly to perform ceremonies at the Courthouse on a date to be determined by him. Call the County Clerk’s office to check availability of the Court Commissioner. Two witnesses, 18 years of age or older, need to witness the marriage and sign the marriage document at the time of the ceremony.
- Photo I.D. and Social Security number. If applicant has never been issued a Social Security number, the space will be marked “none.”
- Proof of where you have physically lived for the 30 days prior to application, such as a driver’s license, lease, utility bill or bank statement. You must also know the name of the city, village or township and county where you reside.
- Certified birth certificate issued by the state or county where born. Birth certificate must be legible, not tattered and torn. The hospital birth certificate is NOT acceptable. If born outside the United States, a passport, green card, or naturalization papers may be used in lieu of a birth certificate. Photocopies of birth certificates are NOT acceptable. If your birth certificate does not include full names of parents and mother’s maiden name, you will need to find this out before coming to apply.
- If previously married we must see a judgment of divorce, legal annulment, or death certificate from the most recent marriage. Divorced persons may not remarry until six months + one day after the granting of the judgment of divorce, regardless of where the action took place.
- 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 the parents or guardian before the County Clerk.
- If one or both of the applicants don’t speak English, a third party needs to interpret at the time of application. Couples cannot translate for each other.
Where to Apply
Marriage licenses are issued in the Rock County Clerk’s Office, Courthouse, 51 S. Main Street, Janesville, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are open during the noon hour.
A waiver of the waiting period may be granted for an additional fee of $25.00, but only if you cannot apply in time to meet the waiting period for the following reasons:
- bride and/or groom live in another state and coming here to marry
- bride and/or groom are/is in the military and suddenly called to active duty
- bride or groom is terminally ill.
The County Clerk’s office does close for holidays, so please check with us before coming in to apply for a marriage license if you believe it could be a holiday.
If you have any other questions, please call the County Clerk’s Office at (608) 757-5660 during regular business hours.
Marriage Line: (608) 757-5666
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