County Clerk


The County Clerk is a constitutional Officer elected every four years by the voters of Washington County. The County Clerk provides service to the County Board of Supervisors and the general public and acts as an agent and representative for the State of Wisconsin through clerical assistance, issuance and distribution of licenses, election coordination, and maintaining records. Central Reproduction and Mail Service is provided through the County Clerk.

All dogs five (5) months of age or older require a dog license. Several municipalities in Washington County also require cats to be licensed. Dog Licenses are obtained from your local municipal treasurer. A certificate of rabies vaccination must be presented to the collecting official before a dog license may be issued. Rabies vaccinations can be obtained through your local veterinarian. Dog owners should notify their municipality if their dog is given away or has died so that you will not be considered delinquent. Wisconsin State Statutes require that all dogs be licensed and vaccinated against rabies.


For information on obtaining a Declaration of Domestic Partnership in Washington County, or a Certificte of Termination of Domestic Partnership in Washington County, click here.


Washington County
432 East Washington Street
P.O. Box 1986
West Bend, WI 53095
262-335-4400

Location Map

From Milwaukee via Highway I43
Take I-43 North out of Milwaukee Exit West at Highway 33 in Saukville Continue going west on Highway 33 until you reach the city limits of West Bend and pass the airport (on your left) Continue on Highway 33 (Washington Street) about 1 mile. The Courthouse will be on the right-hand side of the street (north).

From Milwaukee via Highway 45/41
Take Highway 45/41 North out of Milwaukee At the Highway 45/41 split, take Highway 45 (on your right) Continue on Highway 45 to the Highway 33 Exit (Washington Street) Exit East (right) at Highway 33 (Washington Street) Continue going east on Highway 33 until you reach the lighted intersection at Indiana Avenue, City of West Bend. The Courthouse will be on the left-hand side of the street (north) immediately past the Indiana Avenue intersection.

From the North via Highway 41
Take Highway 41 South out of Fond du Lac. Exit West (left) on Highway 33 at Allenton. At Highway 33 turn East (left) Continue on Highway 33 through the City of West Bend until you reach the lighted intersection at Indiana Avenue in the City of West Bend. The Courthouse will be on the left-hand side of the street (north) immediately past the Indiana Avenue intersection.

From the North via Highway 43
Take I-43 South out of Sheboygan. Exit West (right) at Highway 33 in Saukville. Continue going west on Highway 33 until you reach the city limits of West Bend and pass the airport (on your left) Continue on Highway 33 (Washington Street) about 1 mile. The Courthouse will be on the right-hand side of the street (north).

From the East
Take Highway 33 West until you reach the city limits of West Bend and pass the airport (on your left). Continue on Highway 33 (Washington Street) about 1 mile. The Courthouse will be on the right-hand side of the street (north).

From the West
Take Highway 33 until you reach the city limits of West Bend. Continue on Highway 33 until you reach the lighted intersection at Indiana Avenue in the City of West Bend. The Courthouse will be on the left-hand side of the street (north) immediately past the Indiana Avenue intersection.

Parking
Parking is available in the West (or Main) Parking Lot. You may enter from the front or the west side of the building. The door on the west side of the Courthouse is Handicap and Wheelchair Accessible.

Obtaining A Marriage License

WHERE TO APPLY
Washington County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office, Room 2027
432 E. Washington Street
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 335-4735 or (262) 335-4301
HOURS: 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday - Friday
Appointments are not required.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
Residency is considered to be the place where one has resided for at least 30 days prior to the date of application. Wisconsin residents' applications must be made in the county of residence of either the bride or groom. If both parties are residents of another state, application must be made in the county where the ceremony is to be performed.

MARRIAGEABLE AGE
Any person who has attained the age of 18 years may marry if otherwise competent. If a person is 16 or 17 years of age, a license may be issued with the notarized written consent of the person's parents, guardian or custodian. Consent forms are available in the County Clerk's Office.

REQUIREMENTS
Failure to meet the following requirements will delay the issuance of your license.

  • If your marriage is going to take place three (3) months or more from today, please call the County Clerk's office or return to this website 30 days before your wedding to verify that the laws have not changed.
  • All applicants, regardless of age, must present a STATE CERTIFIED birth certificate when applying for a marriage license in Washington County. If you were born in Wisconsin, you may obtain a State Certified birth certificate from the Register of Deeds in the county in which you were born, or the State of Wisconsin - Vital Records. For individuals born in Washington County, please contact the Register of Deeds at (262) 335-4318.
  • Proof of identity for both the bride and groom.  This is a valid (not expired) driver's license or state ID, showing a photo for identification, and reflecting your current address. 
  • Either the bride or groom must provide proof of 30 day residency in Washington County.  If a current address is not shown on the driver's license, a utility bill or government notification addressed to that person must be presented.  
  • A signed copy of a judgment of divorce, state annulment paper, or death certificate from the last marriage must be presented for those who have been married previously. To obtain a divorce, annulment, or death certificate contact the State of Wisconsin's Vital Records.
  • Date of ceremony.
  • Name of township, village or city and county where the ceremony will take place.
  • Name, home mailing address, and home telephone number of person performing the ceremony.  If the officiant is not a Wisconsin resident, they must obtain a Letter of Sponsorship.  Please contact the County Clerk for more information.
  • Both applicants must provide Social Security numbers.
  • Both applicants must apply in person at the same time.
  • Premarital medical exams and blood tests are not required.
  • Birth Certificates, Divorce Judgments, and Death Certificates that are not in English will require a notarized translation of the document(s) to English.

WAITING PERIOD
There is a statutory five-day waiting period, exclusive of the day of application, required from the time of application until the license is issued.  For example, if an application is completed on the 10th of a month, the license will be issued and can be used on the 15th of the month.  Counting the day after the issuance date, the marriage license is valid for exactly 30 days and must be used in that period of time.  Since the license is valid for 30 days after issuance, application can be made up to 35 days ahead of the ceremony, but no further in advance.  Licenses cannot leave the Clerk's office until the license becomes effective.  Couples should take into account that the office is not open Saturdays, Sundays or legal holidays.  If a couple is planning to be married on a Saturday, application would have to be made at least by the Friday preceding the week of the marriage to be able to pick up the license during office hours.  BEST "RULE OF THUMB" (considering weekends, etc.): Apply no less than 7 days before and no more than 35 days before the ceremony.  In some instances, a waiver may be granted in advance, due to unusual circumstances.  Waivers will not be granted to anyone under the age of 18.  The cost of the waiver is $25.00.

DIVORCED PERSONS
Persons divorced must wait six months from the date of judgment before marrying. This applies to residents and non-residents. Marriages of Wisconsin residents outside the state and contrary to Wisconsin laws are null and void in Wisconsin. Marriage in Wisconsin by a person residing in another state is prohibited if such marriage would be void in the home state or jurisdiction of the person.

EXPIRATION OF LICENSE
The license is valid for 30 days after the date of issuance. The marriage must be performed within this period.

CEREMONY
Any judge, ordained minister, priest, or court commissioner may perform the ceremony. In Washington County, the following individuals may perform ceremonies. If you wish to have your ceremony performed by one of the individuals below, you must call for an appointment. Two witnesses 18 years of age or older are required.

Circuit Court Commissioners:

Dolores A. Bomrad (262) 335-4341
Jeffrey A. Jaeger      (262) 251-9440

Commissioners Bomrad and Jaeger will perform ceremonies at the Courthouse,
if the Court Calendars permit. There is no fee for this service.

Washington County Supplemental Court Commissioners:

John A. Best (262) 335-2605
Karen Christianson (262) 673-7700
Christine Eisenmann Knudtson   (262) 334-1787   
John Grundahl    (262) 338-2337
Roland L. Pieper (262) 255-4500
William F. Alderson       (262) 707-5272

Supplemental Court Commissioners do not perform ceremonies at the
Courthouse. There is a fee charged for their services.

LICENSE FEE
A fee of $100 to be paid at the time of application is required. We do not accept credit cards, debit cards, or out-of-state checks.  There will be an additional $2.00 fee if the license is to be mailed.  Sorry, no refunds given.

MARRIAGE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY
When someone is married out of the United States, it is their responsibility to obtain the proper legal paper(s) from that country. It is important to get certified copies before you leave the foreign country and if the certificate is in a foreign language, you should obtain notarized translations of the document. This document will be your only proof of marriage. If a marriage is performed in a foreign country, a marriage license cannot be filed in Wisconsin.

If you have any questions, please call (262) 335-4301.

Sample Marriage Application


How to Obtain a Passport

The Washington County Clerk is a designated acceptance facility for obtaining a U.S. Passport. You will not receive your passport from us. Our role is to accept completed passport applications and fees for processing.

WHERE TO APPLY FOR A PASSPORT
Washington County Courthouse
County Clerk''s office - Room 2027
432 E. Washington Street
West Bend, WI 53095
Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday - Friday

FEES

PASSPORT BOOK
If 16 years of age or older, the Passport Book processing fee is $110 payable to "U.S. Department of State" and the separate execution fee is $25 payable to "Washington County Clerk."

If 15 or younger, the Passport Book processing fee is $80 payable to "U.S. Department of State," and the separate execution fee is $25 payable to "Washington County Clerk."  

PASSPORT CARD - NEW
The Passport Card is a U.S. Passport issued in card format. Like the traditional Passport Book, it reflects the bearer's origin, identity, and nationality and is subject to existing passport laws and regulations. Unlike the Passport Book, the Passport Card is valid only for International travel by land or sea between the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. It is not globally interoperable and is not valid for travel by air to or from any foreign destination."

If 16 years of age or older, the Passport Card processing fee is $30 payable to "U.S. Department of State" and the separate execution fee is $25 payable to "Washington County Clerk."

If 15 or younger, the Passport Card processing fee is $15 payable to "U.S. Department of State," and the separate execution fee is $25 payable to "Washington County Clerk." 

If applicant is under the age of 16, both parents or legal guardians must show valid identification, sign and take an oath before a passport acceptance agent.

Separate checks to U.S. Department of State and Washington County Clerk are required. Please do not bring cash. Our office cannot accept credit cards, debit cards, or out-of-state checks. By law, the passport processing fees and execution fees are non-refundable.

REQUIREMENTS
All applicants must appear in person. Along with the passport application, you must submit the following:

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • Proof of Identity
  • Two Photographs

Proof of U.S. Citizenship
A CERTIFIED copy of a birth certificate issued by the county or State serves as evidence of citizenship. It must have the seal of the issuing office and the filing or registration date, which must be within one year of birth.

If you are 18 or older and have an expired passport, you are required to submit the passport rather than a birth certificate.

When submitted an expired passport or a Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship for an applicant under the age of 18, you must include a CERTIFIED copy of the child's birth certificate, which includes the names of the parents. Please see the application for additional information for obtaining a passport for a child under the age of 18.

Naturalized citizens must present their original Naturalization Certificate.

All evidence of citizenship will be returned with your passport.

NOTE: Hospital, baptismal, birth registrations or photocopies of birth certificates are not acceptable.

Proof of Identify
Identification that includes your signature and physical description or photograph such as a valid driver's license or a Federal, State, or Municipal identification card qualifies as proof of identity.

Two Photographs
Two professional passport photos (2 x 2 inches) are required. Digitized photos will be accepted at the discretion of passport Services. School photos are not acceptable.

Complete all requested information on the application form. If all requirements are not met, the County Clerk's office cannot accept the application for processing.

EXPEDITED SERVICE
For normal processing, Passports should be received in approximately 4 - 6 weeks.

For faster processing, you may request expedited service and pay an additional fee of $60. You should receive your passport in approximately 2 - 3 weeks. The County Clerk's office cannot accommodate overnight deliver.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Do not sign the passport application until you are instructed to do so by the Passport Agent in the County Clerk's office.

Photocopies of the passport application will not be accepted.

Please refer to the application form for more detailed instructions or you may obtain information through the following:

Recorded message through the County Clerk's office
(262) 338-2841
Recorded Passport Information Center (Toll free number)
1-877-487-2778
TTD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793

Passport Information Website:
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Passport Email Access:
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To receive an email of all future Tax Deed Notices, please contact the Washington County Clerk's office:  clkmaryl@co.washington.wi.us

In the subject line, please use:  TAX DEED LIST

We will place your email address on our list and when tax deed properties are offered for bid, you will receive a notice via email.

If you have any questions, please contact the County Clerk's office at (262) 335-4301 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you would like a Washington County Directory mailed to you, please send your request, along with a check made payable to Washington County Clerk in the amount of $2.75 for each copy.

Washington County Clerk
432 E. Washington Street
P.O. Box 1986
West Bend, WI 53095

Directories may be picked up in the County Clerk''s Office
at a cost of $1.50.
OR
Click here for the 2013-2014 Washington County Directory