Wisconsin Marriage Laws

Wisconsin Outline

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

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 days, 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 Main St.
Friendship, Wisconsin

Phone: (608) 339-4200
Fax: (608) 339-4514
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Ashland County

201 W. Main St. Room 206
Ashland, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 682-7008
Fax: (715) 682-7035
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Barron County

335 E. Monroe Avenue, Room 2130
Barron, Wisconsin

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Bayfield County

117 E Fifth St.
Washburn, Wisconsin

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Brown County

305 E Walnut St., Room 120
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 448-4016
Fax: (920) 448-4498
Brown County website »

Buffalo County

407 South Second Street
Alma, Wisconsin

Phone: (608) 685-6230
Fax: (608) 685-6213
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Burnett County

7410 County Road K #105
Siren, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 349-2173
Fax: (715) 349-2169
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Calumet County

206 Court Street
Chilton, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 849-1458
Fax: (920) 849-1469
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Chippewa County

711 N. Bridge St. Room 111
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 726-7994
Fax: (715) 726-4582
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Clark County

517 Court St., Room 303
Neillsville, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 743-5163
Fax: (715) 743-5154
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Columbia County

400 DeWitt St
Portage, Wisconsin

Phone: (608) 742-9677
Fax: (608) 742-9875
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Crawford County

225 North Beaumont Road, Suite 220
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Phone: (608) 326-0219
Fax: (608) 326-0220
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Dane County

210 Marin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Room 106A
Madison, Wisconsin

Phone: (608) 266-4121
Fax: (608) 266-4361
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Dodge County

3rd Floor 127 East Oak Street
Juneau, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 386-3606
Fax: (920) 386-4292
Dodge County website »

Door County

421 Nebraska St.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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

Douglas County

1313 Belknap St., Room 101
Superior, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 395-1341
Fax: (715) 395-1421
Douglas County website »

Dunn County

800 Wilson Ave., Room 147
Menomonie, Wisconsin

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

Eau Claire County

721 Oxford Ave., Room 1310
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 839-4745
Fax: (715) 855-6242
Eau Claire County website »

Florence County

501 Lake Avenue
Florence, Wisconsin

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

Fond du Lac County

160 S. Macy Street
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 929-3000
Fax: (920) 929-3293
Fond du Lac County website »

Forest County

200 E. Madison St.
Crandon, Wisconsin

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

Grant County

111 S. Jefferson St.
Lancaster, Wisconsin

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

Green County

1016 16th Ave.
Monroe, Wisconsin

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

Green Lake County

571 County Road A
Green Lake, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 294-4005
Fax: (920) 294-4009
Green Lake County website »

Iowa County

222 N. Iowa St.
Dodgeville, Wisconsin

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

Iron County

300 Taconite St., Suite 101
Hurley, Wisconsin

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

Jackson County

307 Main St.
Black River Falls, Wisconsin

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

Jefferson County

311 S Center Ave., Room 109
Jefferson, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 674-8630
Fax: (920) 674-7368
Jefferson County website »

Juneau County

220 East State St., Room 112
Mauston, Wisconsin

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

Kenosha County

1010 56th St.
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Phone: (262) 653-2552
Fax: (262) 653-2564
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Kewaunee County

810 Lincoln st.
Kewaunee, Wisconsin

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

La Crosse County

400 4th St. North, Room 1210
La Crosse, Wisconsin

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

Lafayette County

626 Main Street
Darlington, Wisconsin

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

Langlade County

800 Clermont St.
Antigo, Wisconsin

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

Lincoln County

801 N. Sales St., Suite 201
Merrill, Wisconsin

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

Manitowoc County

1010 S. 8th Street Room 115
Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 683-4003
Fax: (920) 683-2766
Manitowoc County website »

Marathon County

500 Forest Street
Wausau, Wisconsin

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

Marinette County

1926 Hall Avenue
Marinette, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 732-7406
Fax: (715) 732-7532
Marinette County website »

Marquette County

77 West Park St.
Montello, Wisconsin

Marquette County website »

Menominee County

W3269 Courthouse Lane
Keshena, Wisconsin

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

Milwaukee County

901 North 9th Street, Room 105
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Monroe County

202 South K St., Room 2
Sparta, Wisconsin

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

Oconto County

301 Washington St 2nd Floor Room A
Oconto, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 834-6806
Fax: (920) 834-6805
Oconto County website »

Oneida County

1 S. Oneida Ave.
Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 369-6144
Fax: (715) 369-6230
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Outagamie County

410 S. Walnut St.
Appleton, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 832-5077
Fax: (920) 832-2200
Outagamie County website »

Ozaukee County

121 W. Main St., Room 128
Port Washington, Wisconsin

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Pepin County

740 7th Ave. West
Durand, Wisconsin

Pepin County website »

Pierce County

414 West Main St., Room 112
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 273-6744
Fax: (715) 273-6861
Pierce County website »

Polk County

100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 110
Balsam Lake, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 485-9226
Fax: (715) 485-9104
Polk County website »

Portage County

1516 Church Street
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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

Price County

126 Cherry St., Room 106
Phillips, Wisconsin

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

Racine County

730 Wisconsin Ave
Racine, Wisconsin

Phone: (262) 636-3121
Fax: (262) 636-3491
Racine County website »

Richland County

181 West Seminary St.
Richland Center, Wisconsin

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

Rock County

51 South Main St.
Janesville, Wisconsin

Phone: (608) 757-5666
Fax: (608) 757-5662
Rock County website »

Rusk County

311 Miner Ave. E, Suite C150
Ladysmith, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 532-2100
Fax: (715) 532-2237
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Sauk County

505 Broadway Room 122
Baraboo, Wisconsin

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

Sawyer County

10610 Main St., Suite 10
Hayward, Wisconsin

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

Shawano County

311 N Main St Room 104
Shawano, Wisconsin

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

Sheboygan County

508 New York Ave Room 129
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 459-3003
Fax: (920) 459-0304
Sheboygan County website »

St. Croix County

1101 Carmichael Road Room 1400
Hudson, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 386-4607
Fax: (715) 381-4400
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Taylor County

224 South Second St
Medford, Wisconsin

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

Trempealeau County

36245 Main St.
Whitehall, Wisconsin

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

Vernon County

Courthouse Annex Room 108
Viroqua, Wisconsin

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

Vilas County

330 Court St
Eagle River, Wisconsin

Vilas County website »

Walworth County

100 West Walworth St.
Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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

Washburn County

10 Fourth Ave
Shell Lake, Wisconsin

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

Washington County

432 East Washington St. Suite 2027
West Bend, Wisconsin

Phone: (262) 335-4735
Fax: (262) 306-2208
Washington County website »

Waukesha County

515 W Moreland Blvd. Room 120
Waukesha, Wisconsin

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

Waupaca County

811 Harding St
Waupaca, Wisconsin

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

Waushara County

209 S. Saint Marie St.
Wautoma, Wisconsin

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

Winnebago County

415 Jackson St., Room 110
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Winnebago County website »

Wood County

400 Market St. 2nd Floor, Room 203 A-B
Wisconsin Rapid, Wisconsin

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