Crawford County Clerk
Marriage License Requirements
The following information should
help you in preparation before applying
for your marriage license.
WHERE TO APPLY:
Wisconsin residents must apply in the County Clerk’s office in which one
or both have resided for at least 30 days prior to the date of
application. The marriage
may then be performed in any county in Wisconsin.
If both applicants are out-of-state residents, the license must
be issued in the county where the ceremony will be performed.
Crawford County Clerk, Administration Building,
225 North Beaumont Road, Suite
Prairie du Chien, 608-326-0201
Marriage license applications are taken in the County Clerk’s office,
Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Both applicants must apply in person.
The office is open over the noon hour.
The Administration Building is closed on Saturday, Sunday and
Any person who has attained the age of 18 years may marry.
If a person is between the ages of 16 years and 18 years the
license will only be issued with the written consent of the parents,
guardian or custodian.
Consent forms are available at the County Clerk’s office and must be
signed by both parents or guardians in front of a notary public or the
Applications must be made at least 5 FULL days before a license is
issued. The 5 day waiting
period begins after the date of application and ends on the 6th
day, which is also the issuance day.
Keep in mind that licenses are not issued on weekends or
holidays. The ceremony may
take place on the date the license is issued or any time within the 30
days thereafter. The 5 day
waiting period may be waived upon prior approval of the County Clerk for
an additional $10 fee.
DATE AND LOCATION OF MARRIAGE:
Applicants should be prepared to provide the date of the marriage
and the correct spelling of the officiant’s name and address.
The applicants should also know the municipality (city, village
or township) and the county in which the ceremony will take place.
MARRIAGE LICENSE FEE:
$75 – Cash or check only.
documents not in English must be translated by either an official
professional translator or by a third party.
A form is available from the County Clerk’s office.
Applicants must present a certified copy of their birth certificate.
A certified birth certificate must bear the official embossed
seal. We cannot accept
photocopies, certificates issued by hospitals or baptismal records.
Copies of judgment of divorce and legal annulment papers from the last
previous marriage must be presented.
It is not lawful for any person, who is or has been a party to an
action for divorce in any court in this state, or elsewhere to marry
again until 6 months after the judgment of divorce is granted.
signed death certificate must be presented if your last previous
marriage was terminated by death.
Social Security numbers must be provided.
Proof of residence must be provided.
Your residence for marriage license purposes is where you
physically lived for the past 30 days.
A current driver’s license with a current address is the best
proof. If this is not
available, each applicant must provide 2 proofs of residency.
ordained clergyman of any religious denomination or society, licentiate
of a denominational body, family court commissioner, court commissioner
may perform the ceremony.
The two parties themselves in accordance with the customs, rules and
regulations or any religious society, denomination or sect to which
either party belong. Any
officiating person must be at least 18 years of age.
Neither our office nor the State Vital Records Office is able to confirm
the legality of a religious officiant.
The marriage must be performed in the presence of two (2) competent
adult witnesses (18 years or over) other than the officiating person.
WHO MAY NOT MARRY:
No marriage shall be contracted between persons who are nearer of kin
than 2nd cousins (except where the female is 55 years of age
or older, or where either party, at the time of application for a
marriage license submits an affidavit signed by a physician that either
party is permanently sterile.
FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION
Requires ONE of
the following: OR Requires TWO
of the following
Wisconsin Driver’s license with photo
Government issued employee ID badge with
Wisconsin ID with photo
Out-of-State Driver’s License/ID with photo
Major Credit Card
Health Insurance Card
Recent dated, signed lease
Utility Bill or traffic ticket
DECLARATION OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP
1. What is the process for applying for a
Declaration of Domestic Partnership?
- Partners who meet the criteria apply for a
declaration of domestic partnership apply with the County Clerk in the county
where they reside. They must provide necessary documentary proof
- Five days after the application is made, the
County Clerk issues the Declaration to the couple. The Clerk may
issue the Declaration sooner, if an additional processing fee is
- The Couple completes the Declaration of
Domestic Partnership, signing it before a Notary, and submits the
Declaration to the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds records
the Declaration and forwards the original to the State Registrar of
Vital Statistics. The domestic partnership is not effective until
the Declaration is filed at the Register of Deeds Office.
- If a couple needs to show proof of the
domestic partnership (to obtain benefits), they may purchase
certified copies of the declaration from the Register of Deeds or
from the State Vital Records Office.
2. Who may apply for domestic partnership?
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Both parties must be at least 18 years of age
and must be competent (to enter into a legal contract such as a
- Neither party may be married.
- Neither party can be currently in a legal
domestic partnership with another party. (See the topic “What
documents are needed to apply for a declaration of domestic
partnership” for additional information on waiting periods between
- The parties must share a common residence
- The parties must be of the same sex.
- The parties cannot be closer in relationship
than first cousins (even if they are related by adoption or by
half-blood). (Wis. Stat. § 770.05)
3. Where do you apply for domestic partnership?
- Applicants must apply in person at the County
Clerk’s office in the county in which one or both of the partners
have resided for the last 30 days immediately prior to application.
4. What paperwork is involved?
- See Question 5 for documents that applicants
must bring to show proof of identity, residency, and eligibility to
register for domestic partnership.
- Partners will complete an application form at
the County Clerk’s office.
- When the County Clerk issues the declaration
of domestic partnership (generally after five days), the partners
sign the declaration in the presence of the County Clerk or Deputy
County Clerk or another notary public.
- The partners then file the completed
declaration with the Register of Deeds in the county that
issued the declaration. There is no time limit for filing the
declaration after it has been issued. However, the domestic
partnership does not go into effect until the date the declaration
is accepted and filed at the Register of Deeds Office.
- The partners can purchase certified copies of
the declaration at the Register of Deeds Office to use as proof of
the domestic partnership. Copies may also be purchased at the State
Vital Records Office.
4. How much does it
- The fee for applying for a declaration of
domestic partnership is set by each county board. By law, it
is the same fee that the county charges for issuing a license to
marry which is $75.
- There is usually an extra charge (up to
$10.00) for waiving the 5-day waiting period (waivers are granted at
the discretion of the County Clerk).
- There is no charge for filing the completed
declaration with the Register of Deeds Office.
- There is a fee for obtaining copies of the
declaration. Certified copies of the declaration can be purchased
from the Register of Deeds or from the State Vital Records Office.
The fee is $20.00 for the first copy and $3.00 for each additional
copy of the same declaration (ordered at the same time).
vital records law, it is illegal for anyone besides the Register of
Deeds or the State Vital Records Office to make copies of the
Declaration of Domestic Partnership document, including the partners
5. What documents are needed to apply for the
declaration of domestic partnership (to establish the domestic
Each applicant must bring in the following
- Certified copy of birth certificates.
In rare instances, if it would be impossible for an applicant to
obtain a certified copy of his or her birth certificate, the County
Clerk has the discretion to accept another form of identification
(example: foreign passport or immigration document). NOTE:
Applicants should apply for a copy of birth certificates far in
advance of the date of application for the domestic partnership.
Failure to apply in time for a copy of the birth certificate is not
a sufficient reason for the County Clerk to waive this requirement.
NOTE: (Applicants cannot use a photocopy of a certified copy of a
birth certificate or a hospital souvenir birth record. Neither of these
is legally acceptable as a substitute for a true certified copy of a
- Current (non-expired) Photo Identification.
- Proof of residency. If the photo ID
does not contain the current address, the applicant can bring in a
dated utility bill or government correspondence if it is addressed
to the applicant (by name) with the applicant’s street address (mail
sent to a post office box doesn’t fulfill this requirement).
- Proof of how last domestic partnership or
marriage ended. If an applicant was in a prior legal domestic
partnership in Wisconsin (filed under the provisions of the 2009
Domestic Partnership Law, Wis. Stat. chapter 770) or if an applicant
was previously married, the applicant must supply documentary
evidence of how the last legal domestic partnership or marriage
- Also, each applicant must provide his or
social security number (if the applicant has a social security
6. Is there a waiting period between a divorce
or termination of a domestic partnership and declaration of a domestic
- There is a 90-day waiting period between the
termination of one domestic partnership and application for another
- There is no waiting period between the death
of a domestic partner and application for a declaration of domestic
- There is no waiting period between a divorce
or annulment from a former spouse and application for a declaration
of domestic partnership.
- There is no waiting period if the domestic
partnership ended because of the subsequent marriage of one of the