Wisconsin Wedding Laws

How to Officiate a Wedding in Wisconsin

Officiating a wedding in Wisconsin can be a difficult process, particularly if you are not a resident of the state. Wisconsin state law contains requirements for officiants that other states do not have; ministers ordained with the Universal Life Church Monastery must ensure that they fully understand the requirements that the state of Wisconsin has before performing in a ministerial capacity.

How to Become an Ordained Minister in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, judges, commissioners, and members of the clergy of any religious organization have the ability to solemnize a wedding. The Universal Life Church Monastery can help you become ordained online using our online ordination platform. If the officiant is not a resident of Wisconsin, there are some additional hurdles to overcome – he or she must present a letter of sponsorship from a member of the clergy of their respective church who is a resident of the state. The Universal Life Church Monastery happily provides this out-of-state officiant packagethat will facilitate this interaction with a sponsor and satisfy the requirements of the state.

How to Perform a Wedding Ceremony in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s guidelines dictating how to properly conduct a wedding ceremony are straightforward. During the ceremony, the two parties joining hands in matrimony must declare that they are freely taking each other as husband and wife. This declaration must take place in front of the authorized officiant, as well as at least two witnesses who are over the age of 18.

Marriage Paperwork Required in Wisconsin

The officiant must verify that the wedding license obtained by the couple is legal and valid. After the ceremony is complete, he or she must sign the wedding document, as the law specifies, in “black, unfading ink.” This document must be returned to an official in the office of the county in which the wedding was performed within three days of the ceremony.

Wisconsin Marriage Laws

 


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765.16 Marriage contract, how made; officiating person. 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: 765.16(1) (1) Any ordained member of the clergy of any religious denomination or society who continues to be an ordained member of the clergy. 765.16(2) (2) 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. 765.16(3) (3) 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. 765.17 Nonresident officiating person; sponsorship. Any member of the clergy, licentiate or appointee named in s. 765.16 who is not a resident of this state may solemnize marriages in this state if he or she possesses at the time of the marriage a letter of sponsorship from a member of the clergy of the same religious denomination or society who has a church in this state under his or her ministry. 765.19 Delivery and filing of marriage document. The marriage document, legibly and completely filled out with unfading black ink, shall be returned by the officiating person, or, in the case of a marriage ceremony performed without an officiating person, then by the parties to the marriage contract, or either of them, to the register of deeds of the county in which the marriage was performed within 3 days after the date of the marriage.

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently bans same-sex marriage by Constitutional Amendment and State Law.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Wisconsin you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as an ordination credential, wallet credential, or a letter of good standing from the church.

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Wisconsin Wedding Laws by County

Adams County

400 North Main Street
PO BOX 278
Friendship, Wisconsin
53934,

Phone: (608) 339-4200
Fmx: (608) 339-4514
E-mail: cphillippi@co.adams.wi.us
Adams County website »

Ashland County

201 W Main St.
ROOM 202
Ashland, Wisconsin
54806,
Phone: (715) 682-7001
Fmx: (715) 682-7032
E-mail: pat.somppi@co.ashland.wi.us
Ashland County website »

Barron County

330 E Lasalle Ave,
PO BOX 2130
ROOM 2130
Barron, Wisconsin
54812,
Phone: (715) 537-6200
Fax: (715) 537-6820
E-mail: deeann.cook@co.barron.wi.us
Barron County website »

Bayfield County

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

Phone: (715) 373-6100
Fmx: (715) 373-6153
E-mail: sfibert@bayfieldcounty.org
Bayfield County website »

Brown County

305 E Walnut St
PO BOX 23600
Green Bay, Wisconsin
54301,
 
Phone: (920) 448-4021
alternate phone: (920) 448-4017
Fmx: (920) 448-4498
E-mail: marcelle_dk@co.brown.wi.us
Brown County website »

Buffalo County

407 S 2Nd St
PO BOX 58
Alma, Wisconsin
54610,
Phone: (608) 685-6209
Fmx: (608) 685-6213
E-mail: roxann.halverson@buffalocounty.com
Buffalo County website »

Burnett County

7410 Cty Rd K
Siren, Wisconsin
54872,
Phone: (715) 349-2173
Fmx: (715) 349-2169
E-mail: whinrichs@burnettcounty.org
Burnett County website »

Calumet County

206 Court St
Chilton, Wisconsin
53014,
 
Phone: (920) 849-1458
Fmx: (920) 849-1469
E-mail: hauser.beth@co.calumet.wi.us
Calumet County website »

Chippewa County

711 N Bridge St
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
54729,
Phone: (715) 726-7980
Fax: (715) 726-7987
E-mail: kbernier@co.chippewa.wi.us
Chippewa County website »

Clark County

517 Court St,
RM. 301
Neillsville, Wisconsin
54456,

Phone: (715) 743-5148
alternate phone: (715) 743-5150
Fax: (715) 743-5154
E-mail: christina.jensen@co.clark.wi.us
Clark County website »

Columbia County

400 De Witt St
Portage, Wisconsin
53901,

Phone: (608) 742-9654
Fax: (608) 742-9602
E-mail: sue.moll@co.columbia.wi.us
Columbia County website »

Crawford County

225 N Beaumont Rd
SUITE 210
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin
53821,
 
Phone: (608) 326-0201
Fax: (608) 326-0213
E-mail: jgeisler@crawfordcountywi.org
Crawford County website »

Dane County

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

ROOM 112
Madison, Wisconsin
53703,
Phone: (608) 266-4121
Fmx: (608) 266-2611
E-mail: ohlsen@co.dane.wi.us
Dane County website »

Dodge County

127 E Oak St
Juneau, Wisconsin
53039,
 
Phone: (920) 386-3602
alternate phone: (920) 386-3601
Fmx: (920) 386-3928
E-mail: kgibson@co.dodge.wi.us
Dodge County website »

Door County

421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
54235,
Phone: (920) 746-2200
Fmx: (920) 746-2330
E-mail: jlau@co.door.wi.us
Door County website »

Douglas County

1313 Belknap St
ROOM 101
Superior, Wisconsin
54880,
Phone: (715) 395-1568
alternate phone: (715) 395-1397
Fmx: (715) 395-1421
E-mail: sue.sandvick@douglascountywi.org
Douglas County website »

Dunn County

800 Wilson Ave
ROOM 147
Menomonie, Wisconsin
54751,
 
Phone: (715) 232-1677
Fax: (715) 232-2534
E-mail: mhoyt@co.dunn.wi.us
Dunn County website »

Eau Claire County

721 Oxford Ave
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
54703,
 
Phone: (715) 839-4803
Fmx: (715) 831-5802
E-mail: Janet.Loomis@co.eau-claire.wi.us
Eau Claire County website »

Florence County

501 Lake St
PO BOX 410
Florence, Wisconsin
54121,
 
Phone: (715) 528-3201
Fmx: (715) 528-4762
E-mail: jmeyer@co.florence.wi.us
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
E-mail: lisa.freiberg@fdlco.wi.gov
Fond du Lac County website »

Forest County

200 E Madison St
Crandon, Wisconsin
54520,
Phone: (715) 478-2422
Fmx: (715) 478-5175
E-mail: amihalko@co.forest.wi.us
Forest County website »

Grant County

111 S Jefferson St
Lancaster, Wisconsin
53813,
 
Phone: (608) 723-2675
Fmx: (608) 723-4048
E-mail: lgebhard@co.grant.wi.gov
Grant County website »

Green County

1016 16Th Ave
Monroe, Wisconsin
53566,
Phone: (608) 328-9430
Fax: (608) 328-2835
E-mail: mdoyle@greencountywi.org
Green County website »

Green Lake County

492 Hill St
PO BOX 3188
Green Lake, Wisconsin
54941,
Phone: (920) 294-4007
alternate phone: (920) 294-4005
Fmx: (920) 294-4009
E-mail: mbostelmann@co.green-lake.wi.us
Green Lake County website »

Iowa County

222 N Iowa St
Dodgeville, Wisconsin
53533,
Phone: (608) 935-0399
Fmx: (608) 935-3024
E-mail: greg.klusendorf@iowacounty.org
Iowa County website »

Iron County

300 Taconite St
SUITE 101
Hurley, Wisconsin
54534,
 
Phone: (715) 561-3375
Fax: (715) 561-2928
E-mail: clerk@ironcountywi.org
Iron County website »

Jackson County

307 Main St
Black River Falls, Wisconsin
54615,
 
Phone: (715) 284-0201
Fax: (715) 284-0278
E-mail: kyle.deno@co.jackson.wi.us
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

320 S Main St
RM 109
Jefferson, Wisconsin
53549,
 
Phone: (920) 674-7144
Fmx: (920) 674-7368
E-mail: barbf@co.jefferson.wi.us
Jefferson County website »

Juneau County

220 E State St
Mauston, Wisconsin
53948,
 
Phone: (608) 847-9300
Fax: (608) 847-9402
E-mail: jcclerk@co.juneau.wi.us
Juneau County website »

Kenosha County

1010 56Th St
Kenosha, Wisconsin
53140,

Phone: (262) 653-2477
alternate phone: (262) 653-2420
Fmx: (262) 653-2564
E-mail: mkrebs@co.kenosha.wi.us
Kenosha County website »

Kewaunee County

810 Lincoln Street
Kewaunee, Wisconsin
54216,
Phone: (920) 388-7133
Fmx: (920) 388-7195
E-mail: teskel@kewauneeco.org
Kewaunee County website »

La Crosse County

400 N 4Th St.
ROOM 1210
La Crosse, Wisconsin
54601,
 
Phone: (608) 785-9581
alternate phone: (608) 785-9790
Fax: (608) 785-9741
E-mail: stone.linda@co.la-crosse.wi.us
La Crosse County website »

Lafayette County

626 Main St
PO BOX 40
Darlington, Wisconsin
53530,
 
Phone: (608) 776-4850
Fmx: (608) 776-8893
E-mail: linda.bawden@lafayettecountywi.org
Lafayette County website »

Langlade County

800 Clermont St
RM. 202
Antigo, Wisconsin
54409,

Phone: (715) 627-6200
alternate phone: (715) 627-6201
Fax: (715) 627-6303
E-mail: kjacob@co.langlade.wi.us
Langlade County website »

Lincoln County

801 N Sales St
Suite 201
Merrill, Wisconsin
54452,

Phone: (715) 539-1019
Fax: (715) 539-8054
E-mail: bkunkel@co.lincoln.wi.us
Lincoln County website »

Manitowoc County

1010 S 8Th St
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
54220,
 
Phone: (920) 683-4004
alternate phone: (920) 683-4005
Fax: (920) 683-4007
E-mail: jamieaulik@co.manitowoc.wi.us
Manitowoc County website »

Marathon County

500 Forest St
Wausau, Wisconsin
54403,

Phone: (715) 261-1500
Fmx: (715) 261-1515
E-mail: nrkottke@co.marathon.wi.us
Marathon County website »

Marinette County

1926 Hall Ave
Marinette, Wisconsin
54143,
 
Phone: (715) 732-7407
alternate phone: (715) 732-7406
Fax: (715) 732-7532
E-mail: mcclerk@marinettecounty.com
Marinette County website »

Marquette County

77 W Park St
PO BOX 186
Montello, Wisconsin
53949,

Phone: (608) 297-3016
alternate phone: (608) 297-3017
Fmx: (608) 297-7606
E-mail: dseddon@co.marquette.wi.us
Marquette County website »

Menominee County

W3269 Courthouse Lane
PO BOX 279
Keshena, Wisconsin
54135,
Phone: (715) 799-3311
Fax: (715) 799-1322
E-mail: ruthwa@co.menominee.wi.us
Menominee County website »

Milwaukee County

County Courthouse
901 N. 9th Street
Rm. 105
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
53233,

Phone: 414-278-4067
Fax: (414) 223-1866
E-mail: countyclerk@milwcnty.com
Milwaukee County website »

Monroe County

202 South K St
RM 1
Sparta, Wisconsin
54656,

Phone: (608) 269-8705
Fax: (608) 269-8747
E-mail: sbohl@co.monroe.wi.us
Monroe County website »

Oconto County

301 Washington St
Oconto, Wisconsin
54153,
Phone: (920) 834-6804
alternate phone: (920) 834-6806
Fax: (920) 834-6805
E-mail: kim.pytleski@co.oconto.wi.us
Oconto County website »

Oneida County

One Courthouse Square
PO BOX 400
Rhinelander, Wisconsin
54501,
 
Phone: (715) 369-6144
alternate phone: (715) 369-6287
Fmx: (715) 369-6230
E-mail: bbruso@co.oneida.wi.us
Oneida County website »

Outagamie County

410 S Walnut St
Appleton, Wisconsin
54911,

Phone: (920) 832-5079
alternate phone: (920) 832-5078
Fmx: (920) 832-2200
E-mail: christnc@co.outagamie.wi.us
Outagamie County website »

Ozaukee County

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

Phone: (262) 284-8109
alternate phone: (262) 284-8110
Fax: (262) 284-8100
E-mail: jwinkelhorst@co.ozaukee.wi.us
Ozaukee County website »

Pepin County

740 7Th Ave West
PO BOX 39
Durand, Wisconsin
54736,
Phone: (715) 672-8857
Fmx: (715) 672-8677
E-mail: countyclerk@co.pepin.wi.us
Pepin County website »

Pierce County

414 W Main St
PO BOX 119
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
54011,
Phone: (715) 273-3531
Fax: (715) 273-6861
E-mail: jamie.feuerhelm@co.pierce.wi.us
Pierce County website »

Polk County

100 Polk County Plaza

SUITE 110
Balsam Lake, Wisconsin
54810,
Phone: (715) 485-9223
Fax: (715) 485-9104
E-mail: carole.wondra@co.polk.wi.us
Polk County website »

Portage County

1516 Church St
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
54481,

Phone: (715) 346-1351
Fax: (715) 346-1486
E-mail: simoniss@co.portage.wi.us
Portage County website »

Price County

126 Cherry St
RM 106
Phillips, Wisconsin
54555,
Phone: (715) 339-3325
Fax: (715) 339-3089
E-mail: jean.gottwald@co.price.wi.us
Price County website »

Racine County

730 Wisconsin Ave
Racine, Wisconsin
53403,

Phone: (262) 636-3482
Fmx: (262) 636-3491
E-mail: Wendy.Christensen@goRacine.org
Racine County website »

Richland County

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

Phone: (608) 647-2197
alternate phone: (608) 647-2198
Fmx: (608) 647-6134
E-mail: vlasakv@co.richland.wi.us
Richland County website »

Rock County

51 S Main St
Janesville, Wisconsin
53545,
 
Phone: (608) 757-5667
alternate phone: (608) 757-5660
Fmx: (608) 757-5662
E-mail: Stottler@co.rock.wi.us
Rock County website »

Rusk County

311 E Miner Ave
Ladysmith, Wisconsin
54848,

Phone: (715) 532-2100
Fmx: (715) 532-2237
E-mail: dwetzel@ruskcountywi.us
Rusk County website »

Sauk County

505 Broadway
ROOM 144
Baraboo, Wisconsin
53913,
Phone: (608) 355-3286
alternate phone: (608) 356-5581
Fax: (608) 355-3522
E-mail: bmielke@co.sauk.wi.us
Sauk County website »

Sawyer County

10610 Main St
PO BOX 836
Hayward, Wisconsin
54843,
 
Phone: (715) 634-4866
Fax: (715) 634-3666
E-mail: county.clerk@sawyercountygov.org
Sawyer County website »

Shawano County

311 N Main St
Shawano, Wisconsin
54166,

Phone: (715) 526-9150
Fmx: (715) 524-5157
E-mail: Rosemary.Bohm@co.shawano.wi.us
Shawano County website »

Sheboygan County

508 New York Ave
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
53081,
Phone: (920) 459-3002
Fax: (920) 459-0304
E-mail: glancjmg@co.sheboygan.wi.us
Sheboygan County website »

St. Croix County

1101 Carmichael Rd
Hudson, Wisconsin
54016,
Phone: (715) 386-4610
alternate phone: (715) 386-4607
Fax: (715) 381-4400
E-mail: cindyc@co.saint-croix.wi.us
St. Croix County website »

Taylor County

224 S 2Nd St
Medford, Wisconsin
54451,
Phone: (715) 748-1460
Fmx: (715) 748-1415
E-mail: bruce.strama@co.taylor.wi.us
Taylor County website »

Trempealeau County

36245 Main St
Whitehall, Wisconsin
54773,
 
Phone: (715) 538-2311
Fax: (715) 538-4210
E-mail: tcclerk@tremplocounty.com
Trempealeau County website »

Vernon County

Courthouse Annex
ROOM 108
Viroqua, Wisconsin
54665,
Phone: (608) 637-5380
Fmx: (608) 637-5556
E-mail: rhoff@vernoncounty.org
Vernon County website »

Vilas County

330 Court St
Eagle River, Wisconsin
54521,
 
Phone: (715) 479-3600
Fax: (715) 479-3605
E-mail: daalle@co.vilas.wi.us
Vilas County website »

Walworth County

100 Walworth St.
PO BOX 1001
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
53121,
Phone: (262) 741-4241
alternate phone: (262) 741-4245
Fmx: (262) 741-4287
E-mail: kbushey@co.walworth.wi.us
Walworth County website »

Washburn County

10 4Th Ave
PO BOX 639
Shell Lake, Wisconsin
54871,
Phone: (715) 468-4600
Fmx: (715) 468-4725
E-mail: lhoeppne@co.washburn.wi.us
Washburn County website »

Washington County

432 E Washington St
PO BOX 1986
West Bend, Wisconsin
53095,
 
Phone: (262) 335-4305
alternate phone: (262) 335-4468
Fax: (262) 306-2208
E-mail: brenda.jaszewski@co.washington.wi.us
Washington County website »

Waukesha County

515 West Moreland Blvd
120
Waukesha, Wisconsin
53188,
 
Phone: (262) 548-7010
Fmx: (262) 548-7722
E-mail: knickolaus@waukeshacounty.gov

Waupaca County

811 Harding St
Waupaca, Wisconsin
54981,

Phone: (715) 258-6200
Fax: (715) 258-6212
E-mail: mary.robbins@co.waupaca.wi.us
Waupaca County website »

Waushara County

209 S St. Marie St
PO BOX 488
Wautoma, Wisconsin
54982,
Phone: (920) 787-0442
Fmx: (920) 787-0425
E-mail: john.courthouse@co.waushara.wi.us
Waushara County website »

Winnebago County

415 Jackson St
PO BOX 2808
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
54901,

Phone: (920) 236-4890
alternate phone: (920) 236-4888
Fax: (920) 303-3025
E-mail: sertmer@co.winnebago.wi.us
Winnebago County website »

Wood County

400 Market St
PO BOX 8095
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
54495,
Phone: (715) 421-8460
Fax: (715) 421-8808
E-mail: ccepress@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County website »