Marriage License Application Requirements

Both applicants must have all required documents with them before the County Clerk's Office will start the application process for a marriage license. Marriage License applications must be done in-person and by appointment only. No applications will be started after 3:30 p.m. unless prior arrangements have been made with the County Clerk. 

Where to Apply

  • Wisconsin residents apply in the county where at least one party has resided for the last 30 days.
  • If neither is a Wisconsin resident, apply in the Wisconsin county where the marriage will be performed.
  • Both applicants must apply in person.
  • Where to apply in Burnett County:
    • County Clerk's Office
    • 7410 County Road K, Siren, Wisconsin
    • Burnett County Government Center - First Floor, Room 150
    • Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
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Fee, Waiting Period, License Expiration

  • The cost is $75.00 payable by check, cash or credit/debit card.
  • The license is issued after a five-day waiting period. Counting starts on the day after application and ends on day five.
  • Under special circumstances, the waiting period may be waived on approval of the County Clerk; the waiver fee is $10.00.
  • The marriage license is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. Counting starts on the day after issuance and ends on day 30.

Have the Following Documents With You

Proof of Residence for the Last 30 Days

  • Bring a valid driver's license or government issued identification card showing applicant's residence address.
  • If residence address is incorrect, also bring a utility bill, credit card statement, etc. showing correct address.

Certified Copy of Birth Certificate

  • A certified copy of your birth certificate is required. Neither a notification of birth registration, a certification of birth registration, nor a certificate issued by a hospital is acceptable.
  • How to Obtain a Certified Copy

If Previously Married - Bring Proof of How Last Marriage Ended

  • For a death: Certified copy of the death certificate
  • For a divorce or an annulment: Court stamped copy of the signed divorce/annulment decree which specifies the actual date OR a certified copy of your divorce/anulment certificate purchased from the State Vital Records Office.
  • Applicants may not marry until six months after the final divorce decree date of previous marriage.
  • How to Obtain a Certified Copy

Other Information Needed

Social Security Number (card is not required)
 Wedding Information

  • Date of wedding
  • Location
    • County
    • City, Village or Township

Officiant Information

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address

Age Requirement

  • 18 years or older.
  • Applicants 16 or 17 years old - a signed consent form is required. The consent form must be signed by the parent(s), legal guardian, custodian (appointed by a court), or person having actual care, custody and control of the applicant. The consent form is an official oath; it states the person signing swears he/she does in fact have the legal authority to give consent and that the consent is given. It must be signed in the presence of the county clerk or in the presence of a notary public and it must be presented to the county clerk at the time of license application.


  • If applicant is 16 or 17 years old the age requirement terms will apply.
  • If applicant is 18 years or older, the terms of each specific guardianship will apply.

Officiants for Civil Marriage Ceremonies

The following officiants may perform civil marriage ceremonies. Contact the officiants directly for an appointment to perform the ceremony.

Todd Anderson (Court Commissioner)
116 East Madison Avenue
P.O. Box 507
Grantsburg, WI 54840
Phone: 715-463-5365

Ryan Benson (Court Commissioner)
24161 State Road 35/70
P.O. Box 370
Siren, WI 54872
Phone: 715-349-5215

Brian Sears
7269 Main Street East
Webster, WI 54893
Phone: 715-566-2754

David Grindell (Court Commissioner)
105 West Oak
P.O. Box 585
Frederic, WI 54837
Phone: 715-349-2168

Lucy Basler - Sacred Ceremonies
27890 Thompson Road
Webster, WI 54893
Phone: 715-566-2462

Steve Hardy
28684 Kilkare Road
Danbury, WI 54830
Phone: 651-786-9121

Additional Information

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