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Wisconsin Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Wisconsin. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Wisconsin. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Wisconsin.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Sometimes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 6 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 30 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 3 Days
  • Same-Sex Marriage Recognized: Yes

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Wisconsin

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Wisconsin

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Wisconsin

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Wisconsin to get an Ordination Package and add on a Letter of Good Standing. Although minister registration is not required in Wisconsin we have been informed by ULC ministers in the area that county clerks will frequently ask to see proof of ordination before they will accept a marriage as having been legally solemnized. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

Performing a wedding in Wisconsin used to be quite complex. However, recent changes to the law have broken down a lot of the institutional barriers that were in place and now make it much, much easier for a Universal Life Church minister to operate and legally perform wedding ceremonies in the state.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Wisconsin

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Wisconsin marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 30 year, and there is a 6 -day waiting period between when the couple applies for the marriage license in Wisconsin and when they may pick it up and legally solemnize the marriage. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within three days of the wedding ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Wisconsin, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Wisconsin wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers..


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Wisconsin Marriage Code

Marriage in Wisconsin is governed by Chapter 765 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
765.16" Marriage contract, how made; officiating person.

(1m)",Marriage may be validly solemnized and contracted in this state only after a marriage license has been issued therefor, and only by the mutual declarations of the 2 parties to be joined in marriage that they take each other as husband and wife, made before an authorized officiating person and in the presence of at least 2 competent adult witnesses other than the officiating person. The following are authorized to be officiating persons:

(a) Any ordained member of the clergy of any religious denomination or society who continues to be an ordained member of the clergy.

(b) Any licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of any bishop serving as the regular member of the clergy of any church of the denomination to which the member of the clergy belongs, if not restrained from so doing by the discipline of the church or denomination.

(c) The 2 parties themselves, by mutual declarations that they take each other as husband and wife, in accordance with the customs, rules and regulations of any religious society, denomination or sect to which either of the parties may belong.

(d) Any judge of a court of record or a reserve judge appointed under s. 753.075.

(e) Any circuit court commissioner appointed under SCR 75.02 (1) or supplemental court commissioner appointed under s. 757.675 (1).

(f) Any municipal judge.

(2m)",An officiating person under sub. (1m) (a), (b), (d), (e), or (f) must be at least 18 years old.

History: 1977 c. 323; 1979 c. 32 ss. 48, 92 (4); 1979 c. 176, 259; Stats. 1979 s. 765.16; 1981 c. 20 s. 2200; 1985 a. 29; 1991 a. 315; 1999 a. 85; 2001 a. 61; 2013 a. 372.

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Adams County

400 North Main Street
PO BOX 278
Friendship, Wisconsin
53934

Phone: (608) 339-4200
Fax: (608) 339-4514
Adams County website »

Ashland County

201 W Main St.
Ashland, Wisconsin
54806

Phone: (715) 682-7001
Fax: (715) 682-7032
Ashland County website »

Barron County

330 E Lasalle Ave,
PO BOX 2130
Barron, Wisconsin
54812

Phone: (715) 537-6200
Fax: (715) 537-6820
Barron County website »

Bayfield County

117 E 5Th St
PO BOX 878
Washburn, Wisconsin
54891

Phone: (715) 373-6100
Fax: (715) 373-6153
Bayfield County website »

Brown County

305 E Walnut St
PO BOX 23600
Green Bay, Wisconsin
54301

Phone: (920) 448-4021
Fax: (920) 448-4498
Brown County website »

Buffalo County

407 S 2Nd St
PO BOX 58
Alma, Wisconsin
54610

Phone: (608) 685-6209
Fax: (608) 685-6213
Buffalo County website »

Burnett County

7410 Cty Rd K
Siren, Wisconsin
54872

Phone: (715) 349-2173
Fax: (715) 349-2169
Burnett County website »

Calumet County

206 Court St
Chilton, Wisconsin
53014

Phone: (920) 849-1458
Fax: (920) 849-1469
Calumet County website »

Chippewa County

711 N Bridge St
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
54729

Phone: (715) 726-7980
Fax: (715) 726-7987
Chippewa County website »

Clark County

517 Court St,
Neillsville, Wisconsin
54456

Phone: (715) 743-5148
Fax: (715) 743-5154
Clark County website »

Columbia County

400 De Witt St
Portage, Wisconsin
53901

Phone: (608) 742-9654
Fax: (608) 742-9602
Columbia County website »

Crawford County

225 N Beaumont Rd
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin
53821

Phone: (608) 326-0201
Fax: (608) 326-0213
Crawford County website »

Dane County

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

Madison, Wisconsin
53703

Phone: (608) 266-4121
Fax: (608) 266-2611
Dane County website »

Dodge County

127 E Oak St
Juneau, Wisconsin
53039

Phone: (920) 386-3602
Fax: (920) 386-3928
Dodge County website »

Door County

421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
54235

Phone: (920) 746-2200
Fax: (920) 746-2330
Door County website »

Douglas County

1313 Belknap St
Superior, Wisconsin
54880

Phone: (715) 395-1568
Fax: (715) 395-1421
Douglas County website »

Dunn County

800 Wilson Ave
Menomonie, Wisconsin
54751

Phone: (715) 232-1677
Fax: (715) 232-2534
Dunn County website »

Eau Claire County

721 Oxford Ave
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
54703

Phone: (715) 839-4803
Fax: (715) 831-5802
Eau Claire County website »

Florence County

501 Lake St
PO BOX 410
Florence, Wisconsin
54121

Phone: (715) 528-3201
Fax: (715) 528-4762
Florence County website »

Fond du Lac County

160 S Macy St
PO BOX 1557
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
54936

Phone: (920) 929-3008
Fax: (920) 929-3293
Fond du Lac County website »

Forest County

200 E Madison St
Crandon, Wisconsin
54520

Phone: (715) 478-2422
Fax: (715) 478-5175
Forest County website »

Grant County

111 S Jefferson St
Lancaster, Wisconsin
53813

Phone: (608) 723-2675
Fax: (608) 723-4048
Grant County website »

Green County

1016 16Th Ave
Monroe, Wisconsin
53566

Phone: (608) 328-9430
Fax: (608) 328-2835
Green County website »

Green Lake County

492 Hill St
PO BOX 3188
Green Lake, Wisconsin
54941

Phone: (920) 294-4007
Fax: (920) 294-4009
Green Lake County website »

Iowa County

222 N Iowa St
Dodgeville, Wisconsin
53533

Phone: (608) 935-0399
Fax: (608) 935-3024
Iowa County website »

Iron County

300 Taconite St
Hurley, Wisconsin
54534

Phone: (715) 561-3375
Fax: (715) 561-2928
Iron County website »

Jackson County

307 Main St
Black River Falls, Wisconsin
54615

Phone: (715) 284-0201
Fax: (715) 284-0278
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

320 S Main St
Jefferson, Wisconsin
53549

Phone: (920) 674-7144
Fax: (920) 674-7368
Jefferson County website »

Juneau County

220 E State St
Mauston, Wisconsin
53948

Phone: (608) 847-9300
Fax: (608) 847-9402
Juneau County website »

Kenosha County

1010 56Th St
Kenosha, Wisconsin
53140

Phone: (262) 653-2477
Fax: (262) 653-2564
Kenosha County website »

Kewaunee County

810 Lincoln Street
Kewaunee, Wisconsin
54216

Phone: (920) 388-7133
Fax: (920) 388-7195
Kewaunee County website »

La Crosse County

400 N 4Th St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
54601

Phone: (608) 785-9581
Fax: (608) 785-9741
La Crosse County website »

Lafayette County

626 Main St
PO BOX 40
Darlington, Wisconsin
53530

Phone: (608) 776-4850
Fax: (608) 776-8893
Lafayette County website »

Langlade County

800 Clermont St
Antigo, Wisconsin
54409

Phone: (715) 627-6200
Fax: (715) 627-6303
Langlade County website »

Lincoln County

801 N Sales St
Merrill, Wisconsin
54452

Phone: (715) 539-1019
Fax: (715) 539-8054
Lincoln County website »

Manitowoc County

1010 S 8Th St
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
54220

Phone: (920) 683-4004
Fax: (920) 683-4007
Manitowoc County website »

Marathon County

500 Forest St
Wausau, Wisconsin
54403

Phone: (715) 261-1500
Fax: (715) 261-1515
Marathon County website »

Marinette County

1926 Hall Ave
Marinette, Wisconsin
54143

Phone: (715) 732-7407
Fax: (715) 732-7532
Marinette County website »

Marquette County

77 W Park St
PO BOX 186
Montello, Wisconsin
53949

Phone: (608) 297-3016
Fax: (608) 297-7606
Marquette County website »

Menominee County

W3269 Courthouse Lane
PO BOX 279
Keshena, Wisconsin
54135

Phone: (715) 799-3311
Fax: (715) 799-1322
Menominee County website »

Milwaukee County

County Courthouse
901 N. 9th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
53233

Phone: 414-278-4067
Fax: (414) 223-1866
Milwaukee County website »

Monroe County

202 South K St
Sparta, Wisconsin
54656

Phone: (608) 269-8705
Fax: (608) 269-8747
Monroe County website »

Oconto County

301 Washington St
Oconto, Wisconsin
54153

Phone: (920) 834-6804
Fax: (920) 834-6805
Oconto County website »

Oneida County

One Courthouse Square
PO BOX 400
Rhinelander, Wisconsin
54501

Phone: (715) 369-6144
Fax: (715) 369-6230
Oneida County website »

Outagamie County

410 S Walnut St
Appleton, Wisconsin
54911

Phone: (920) 832-5079
Fax: (920) 832-2200
Outagamie County website »

Ozaukee County

121 W Main St
PO BOX 994
Port Washington, Wisconsin
53074

Phone: (262) 284-8109
Fax: (262) 284-8100
Ozaukee County website »

Pepin County

740 7Th Ave West
PO BOX 39
Durand, Wisconsin
54736

Phone: (715) 672-8857
Fax: (715) 672-8677
Pepin County website »

Pierce County

414 W Main St
PO BOX 119
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
54011

Phone: (715) 273-3531
Fax: (715) 273-6861
Pierce County website »

Polk County

100 Polk County Plaza

Balsam Lake, Wisconsin
54810

Phone: (715) 485-9223
Fax: (715) 485-9104
Polk County website »

Portage County

1516 Church St
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
54481

Phone: (715) 346-1351
Fax: (715) 346-1486
Portage County website »

Price County

126 Cherry St
Phillips, Wisconsin
54555

Phone: (715) 339-3325
Fax: (715) 339-3089
Price County website »

Racine County

730 Wisconsin Ave
Racine, Wisconsin
53403

Phone: (262) 636-3482
Fax: (262) 636-3491
Racine County website »

Richland County

181 West Seminary Street
PO BOX 310
Richland Center, Wisconsin
53581

Phone: (608) 647-2197
Fax: (608) 647-6134
Richland County website »

Rock County

51 S Main St
Janesville, Wisconsin
53545

Phone: (608) 757-5667
Fax: (608) 757-5662
Rock County website »

Rusk County

311 E Miner Ave
Ladysmith, Wisconsin
54848

Phone: (715) 532-2100
Fax: (715) 532-2237
Rusk County website »

Sauk County

505 Broadway
Baraboo, Wisconsin
53913

Phone: (608) 355-3286
Fax: (608) 355-3522
Sauk County website »

Sawyer County

10610 Main St
PO BOX 836
Hayward, Wisconsin
54843

Phone: (715) 634-4866
Fax: (715) 634-3666
Sawyer County website »

Shawano County

311 N Main St
Shawano, Wisconsin
54166

Phone: (715) 526-9150
Fax: (715) 524-5157
Shawano County website »

Sheboygan County

508 New York Ave
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
53081

Phone: (920) 459-3002
Fax: (920) 459-0304
Sheboygan County website »

St. Croix County

1101 Carmichael Rd
Hudson, Wisconsin
54016

Phone: (715) 386-4610
Fax: (715) 381-4400
St. Croix County website »

Taylor County

224 S 2Nd St
Medford, Wisconsin
54451

Phone: (715) 748-1460
Fax: (715) 748-1415
Taylor County website »

Trempealeau County

36245 Main St
Whitehall, Wisconsin
54773

Phone: (715) 538-2311
Fax: (715) 538-4210
Trempealeau County website »

Vernon County

Courthouse Annex
Viroqua, Wisconsin
54665

Phone: (608) 637-5380
Fax: (608) 637-5556
Vernon County website »

Vilas County

330 Court St
Eagle River, Wisconsin
54521

Phone: (715) 479-3600
Fax: (715) 479-3605
Vilas County website »

Walworth County

100 Walworth St.
PO BOX 1001
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
53121

Phone: (262) 741-4241
Fax: (262) 741-4287
Walworth County website »

Washburn County

10 4Th Ave
PO BOX 639
Shell Lake, Wisconsin
54871

Phone: (715) 468-4600
Fax: (715) 468-4725
Washburn County website »

Washington County

432 E Washington St
PO BOX 1986
West Bend, Wisconsin
53095

Phone: (262) 335-4305
Fax: (262) 306-2208
Washington County website »

Waukesha County

515 West Moreland Blvd
Waukesha, Wisconsin
53188

Phone: (262) 548-7010
Fax: (262) 548-7722
Waukesha County website »

Waupaca County

811 Harding St
Waupaca, Wisconsin
54981

Phone: (715) 258-6200
Fax: (715) 258-6212
Waupaca County website »

Waushara County

209 S St. Marie St
PO BOX 488
Wautoma, Wisconsin
54982

Phone: (920) 787-0442
Fax: (920) 787-0425
Waushara County website »

Winnebago County

415 Jackson St
PO BOX 2808
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
54901

Phone: (920) 236-4890
Fax: (920) 303-3025
Winnebago County website »

Wood County

400 Market St
PO BOX 8095
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
54495

Phone: (715) 421-8460
Fax: (715) 421-8808
Wood County website »