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Marriage License

For your convenience, the following contains information that should help you in your plans as well as briefly explain what you must do prior to coming to this office to make your application.


Where to Apply
County Clerk's Office, Room 108, Courthouse, Viroqua. 608-637-5380. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call to schedule. 
Marriage Application - This is not required for your appointment. 

We ask that you come in between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. as the application process takes about 30 minutes. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Courthouse is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and legal holidays.

Waiting Period
A 3-day waiting period is required by law before the license can be issued.  Please plan ahead and attempt to make an appointment at least one week before the ceremony.  
Special Dispensation

Although a 3-day waiting period is required, this may be waived for a good cause by the County Clerk for a fee of $10.00. The license is good for 60 days from issuance date. There is a six-month waiting period for remarriage after granting of divorce judgment.


Persons are of age to marry without parental consent at age 18. Between 16 and 18 years of age, you are required to submit signed consent forms of both parents or guardians at time of, or prior to, application. Both parents should be present at time of application.


Cash or check only. The fee for the marriage license is $70.00 in Vernon County. Prices may differ slightly in some counties. 

Procedure for obtaining a marriage license:
  1. Both parties must be present at the time of application at the County Clerk’s office.
  2. The marriage must be performed in Wisconsin.
  3. Residents of Wisconsin can apply for a marriage license before the County Clerk in any county in Wisconsin (Wisconsin Act 84 (July 1st, 2022)). The couple may then be married in any county in Wisconsin.
  4. Both parties must furnish:
    • Certified birth certificates-Must contain the official seal and signature of the County Register of Deeds (a hospital record does not qualify).
    • Driver’s licenses
    • Proof of Residency - If driver's license is not correct 
    • Social Security numbers, card not required.
    • If there has been any previous marriages, Death CertificatesJudgment of Divorce (with judge’s signature), or Civil Annulment papers (with judge’s signature) including dates.
    • Name, address, and phone number of Officiant.
    • Date and place of intended marriage (Address AND Municipality. - City, Township or Village and County)
    • Years of education.
    • Cash or checks are accepted as form of payment. (We are unable to accept credit or debit cards.) Cost is $70 (Waiver fee is an additional $10). 
    • Out of Country Applicants: Copies of birth certificates or divorce papers must be in English or translated to English by a government office. This translation must be notarized.  
Procedure for Out of State Residents:
The procedure for two out of state residents is the same as for state residents except that the marriage license must be obtained in the county in which the couple plans to be married.

Please Note: 

The County Clerk's Office is processing Marriage License Applications for applicants who have an officiant willing to perform their ceremony.  The County Clerk's Office is not responsible for scheduling courthouse weddings.  To schedule a courthouse wedding, please call the Clerk of Court's Office at 608-637-5347, prior to setting up your marriage license appointment.