Milwaukee County Marriage License Process
Alright guys, it’s time to drop a bit of knowledge on this whole marriage license thing. When do you apply? How do you apply? What do you all bring with you? As a wedding planner, my couples ask me a lot of these questions. Here are the guidelines I use to prepare my clients to have a beautiful and LEGAL wedding ceremony!!
Where to apply:
Apply for your marriage license at the courthouse in the county you live.
*You must have lived in that county for at least thirty days.
*If you live outside of the state of Wisconsin but are getting married here, apply in the county where your wedding ceremony will take place.
What to bring when you apply (Milwaukee County):
$110 in CASH (for my Dane County couples, you will need $120)
*If you are having a courthouse ceremony, the $100 ceremony fee is also due at the time of filing and is non-refundable.
Both of your photo ID’s (a valid drivers license or passport).
Valid proof of residency (a valid license with current address, utility bill, bank or credit card statement, or a lease agreement).
Both of your social security numbers.
Both of your certified birth certificates. *Must be certified copies from the Register of Deed’s office.
Divorce papers or death certificates from any previous marriages (if applicable).
The date of your wedding ceremony.
The name, address, and telephone number of your officiant.
When to apply:
Make sure to apply for your marriage license no less than SEVEN days and no more than THIRTY days before your wedding date. The target date to apply is about two and a half weeks before your wedding day. You will pick up your license one week after the application date.
*Make sure to check with your courthouse for any adjusted holiday hours.
What to do once you get it:
Bring your marriage license to your ceremony rehearsal and give it to your officiant along with the instructions you were given by the court clerk on where to submit the license after the wedding.
Your officiant will send in the marriage license for processing after your wedding ceremony takes place. It will be sent to the courthouse in the county in which you get married.
Send in the marriage certificate application (given to you by the court clerk when you apply for your license) to receive certified copies of your marriage certificate. Note you should order at least five copies of your marriage certificate. Also, expect to wait up to two weeks to get the certified copies in the mail.
Once you receive your certificates, you can begin the name change process! Keep your eye out for next week’s blog post that will feature tips on how to make that process go smoothly.
**All of these guidelines are for Milwaukee County. Please check on your local courthouse’s website for any specific requirements.**