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Marriage Licenses

The following requirements must be met in order to obtain a marriage license in Shawano County. Please arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. to apply for your marriage license.

This information is from our brochure, "Marriage License Information" which may be obtained from the County Clerk's office upon request or can be obtained on the County Clerk's web page under 'Licenses and Permits'.  Please call 715-526-9150 for more information.

1 - Photo ID and proof of your Shawano County residency (showing where you have lived for the last 30 days; e.g., driver's license or dated mail with your name and address in Shawano County).
2 - Certified copy of birth certificate required for all applicants.  Pease note that hospital certificates (these sometimes have your footprints on the back of them) are not accepted.
3 - Social Security number (need not show actual card).
4 - Previous marriage(s) - Must present a death certificate, state annulment, or divorce judgment
from the most recent marriage, if there has been a prior marriage.
5 - Name of county and municipality (city, village, or township) in which you reside.
6 - Name of county and municipality (city, village, or township) where the ceremony will take place.
7 - Name, address, and phone number of ceremony officiant.
8 - Education and race

Both applicants must appear in person and at the same time to apply for the license.

Blood tests and/or physicals are not required in order to marry in Wisconsin
Witnesses to a marriage must be 18 years of age.

If you are a resident of Wisconsin and live in Shawano County, you will apply for the license in the Shawano County Clerk's office. If you are not a resident of Shawano County, you need to apply in the county of which one of you are residents. If the prospective spouse resides in a different county, you may apply for your license in either county.

If you reside outside of Wisconsin and are being married in Shawano County, you will apply in the Shawano County Clerk's Office. If you reside outside of Wisconsin and are being married in another Wisconsin county, you will apply in that county.

Shawano County Clerk’s Office, 311 N. Main Street, Room 104, Shawano WI. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. to apply for your marriage license.   Closed weekends and legal holidays. Both applicants need to be present to apply. No appointment is necessary.

Apply one (1) full week before the wedding date, but no earlier than one (1) month before the wedding date (see "Waiting Period").

Blood relatives – nearer of kin than second cousins, except when the female has attained the age of 55 years. Males under 16 years of age and females under 16 years of age also may not marry.

Males and females who have attained the full age of 18 years may marry without the consent of parents or guardians.

Males and females between 16 and 18 years of age may marry with the consent of both parents or guardian.

Consent forms are available at the Clerk’s office and will be mailed upon receipt of proper information. They are to be executed by the proper parties before a Notary Public, County Clerk or Deputy Clerk.

The marriage license fee is $100.00 effective January 1, 2019. Cash, check and debit/credit cards are accepted (additional fee is charged to use a credit/debit card).

The waiting period may be waived by the County Clerk or Deputy Clerk for good cause (non-residents of WI) for an additional fee of $25.00. Please call the County Clerk's office at 715-526-9150 for more information regarding a waiver.

Effective January 1, 2018, there will be a charge assessed of $25.00 to reprint a marriage license before the wedding date due to loss or damage or change of pertinent information. Please contact the County Clerk’s office for more information.