Criteria and Documentation
Appointments required and are scheduled Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 715-395-1341 to make an appointment.
- Each individual must be at least 18 years old and capable of consenting to the marriage. If a person is between the ages of 16 and 18 years, a license may be issued only with the written consent of parents, guardian, or custodian. Consent forms are available in the Douglas County Clerk’s Office and must be completed at the time of application. Age requirements apply at time of marriage, not at time of application.
- Individuals must not be nearer of kin to each other than second cousins, whether of the whole- or half-blood or by adoption. For persons closer than second cousins that wish to marry, the female must have attained the age of 55 years or either party may submit an affidavit signed by a physician stating that either party is permanently sterile.
- Neither individual is married.
- If applicants are residents of Wisconsin marrying in Wisconsin, they must apply in the county of which one of them has resided for at least 30 days, and may marry anywhere within the state. If applicants are residents of another state, they must apply in the county in which they intend to marry.
The following documentation is to be provided at the time of application:
- A certified copy of a state- or government-issued birth certificate. Hospital birth certificates are not acceptable. Passports may be presented in lieu of a birth certificate, if an inability to obtain a birth certificate is determined by the county clerk.
- A current (non-expired) photo identification document.
- Proof of residency. If a drivers license or state identification card does not contain the current address, the applicant must bring another document that lists their name and current address.
- If an applicant was previously married, documentary evidence of how the last marriage ended (i.e., certified copy of death certificate or certified copy of a divorce judgment). Note: Individuals must wait six months after a judgment of divorce before they can marry. If a marriage is contracted out of state prior to the expiration of six months after a judgment of divorce, a couple may remarry in Wisconsin after the six month waiting period has expired without annulment of the out of state marriage.
- His or her social security number (if the applicant has a social security number). This is a statutory requirement for all vital records. The social security number may only be used in connection with Social Security Administration programs and for child support enforcement programs .
- Date of marriage and officiant contact information.
For more information on marriage licenses, please contact the Douglas County Clerk’s Office at (715) 395-1569.