Bayfield County Clerk Licensing Information
Where To Apply
- Wisconsin residents must apply in the county where at least 1 applicant has resided for the last 30 days.
- If neither applicant is a resident of Wisconsin, the couple must apply in the Wisconsin county where the marriage will be performed.
- Both applicants must apply in person in the County Clerk’s office. The County Clerk's address is:
Bayfield County Courthouse 117 E 5th Street, Washburn, WI 54891 (715) 373-6100 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Suggestion that applicants arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. on any given day).
Fee, Waiting Period, License Expiration
- The cost is $60.00 payable by check, cash or by credit card (only Mastercard, Discover, or American Express - sorry no VISA).
- The license is issued after a five-day waiting period. Counting starts on the day after application and ends on day 5.
- 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 When You Apply:
- Bring a valid driver's license or government issued ID card showing applican'ts residence. If residence address is incorrect, also bring one of the following showing the new residence; utility bill, credit card statement, university, college or technical college ID card, lease, paycheck or property tax statement. Any one of these can be no more than 90 day's old.
- Certified copy of Birth Certificate. This is a must. This document is issued by the State where the applicant was born. It must contain a raised seal and be certified. A photocopy will not be accepted. A notificate of birth registration, a certification of birth registration or a certificate issued by a hospital is not acceptable.
- Previously Married? Bring Proof of How the Last Marriage Ended.
- Certified copy of a death certificate or
- Court stamped and signed copy of the divorce decree (Judgment of Divorce) or annulment.
- In Wisconsin, applicants may not marry for 6 months from the date of the final divorce date of previous marriage.
- Wedding Information Needed
- Date of Wedding
- Location; County, City, Village or Township
- Officiant Name, Address and Telephone Number
- Non-Resident Officiating Person: Sponsorship
- Wisconsin Statutes 767.17 "NON-RESIDENT OFFICIATING PERSON; SPONSORSHIP. Any clergyman, licentiate or appointee named in §765.16 who is not a resident of this state may solemnize marriages in this state if he or she possesses at the time of the marraige, a letter of sponsorship from a clergyman of the same religious denomination or society who has a church in this state under his or her ministry."
Sample Letter of Sponsorship
- Officiants for Civil Marriage Ceremonies The following officiants may perform civil marriage ceremonies. The applicant is responsible to contact and arrange for an appointment directly to perform the ceremony.
Circuit Court Judge, John P. Anderson Bayfield County Courthouse 117 E. 5th Street Washburn, WI 54891 (715) 373-6118
William D. Bussey (Court Commissioner) 249 Rittenhouse Ave. Bayfield, WI 54814 (715) 779-5184
Ron J. Stauske (Court Commissioner) 106 Main Street W. Ashland, WI 54806 (715) 682-9456
H.G. (Griff) Nordling (Court Commissioner) 123 S. 2nd Ave. W. Washburn, WI 54891 (715) 373-5909
David Ujke (Court Commissioner) 88385 Pike Road Bayfield, WI 54814
- Age Requirement
- 18 years or order.
- 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.
- Documents Not In English
- If any of the above needed documents are not in English, documents need to be translated into English, PRIOR TO the filing for the marriage license. A Certificate of Translation must then accompany the original documents when applying for the marriage license.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Hunting and fishing licenses are available at several locations throughout the county. For information on nearest location contact the Bayfield DNR station at (715) 779-4030. You can also visit http://www.dnr.state.wi.us and search by county for agents selling licenses.
Proof of completion of a hunter safety course is mandatory for any hunting license applicant born after January 1, 1973.