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Eau Claire County, Wisconsin Overview

Eau Claire County is located in the state of Wisconsin. The county was formed in 1856. The county seat is Eau Claire. As of 2014, the county has a population of 101,564. The county has a total area of 645 square miles, 638 square miles of which is land, and 7.3 square miles is water. The county consists of 15 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 54703 recorded as the one with the largest population. Eau Claire County borders the following counties: Chippewa County, Wisconsin to the north; Trempealeau County, Wisconsin to the south; Clark County, Wisconsin to the east; Pepin County, Wisconsin and Dunn County, Wisconsin to the west; Buffalo County, Wisconsin to the southwest, and; Jackson County, Wisconsin to the southeast.

Eau Claire County Clerk Information

The County Clerk’s office performs a variety of tasks. The tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Issuing marriage licenses
  • Administering elections
  • Delinquent property tax administration / tax deed sales
  • Official record keeping for the County Board
  • Providing public notice of county activities and meetings
  • Issuing timber cutting notices

Eau Claire County Marriage License Requirements

When And Where Do We Apply?

Wisconsin residents who will be getting married in Wisconsin must apply at the County Clerk’s office in the county where one of the applicants has lived for the last 30 days; this license is valid anywhere in Wisconsin.

If applicants are getting married in Wisconsin, but neither has lived in Wisconsin for the past 30 days, they must apply in person in the county where the ceremony will be performed.

Applicants must apply at least 7 calendar days but not more than 35 days before the ceremony. After application, the license is issued 6 days from that date; then the license must be used within 30 days.

Information And Documents Needed

All applicants must exhibit a Certified Birth Certificate. A certified birth certificate is obtained from the Register of Deeds office in the county in which the birth occurred. Hospital-issued certificates, faxed copies, photocopies and notifications of birth registration are not certified birth certificates and are, therefore, unacceptable.

Both applicants must apply in person and present photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, alien card or a school ID.

Both applicants must present proof of current address. A current address is where an applicant has actually lived for the past 30 days. A driver’s license, ID card, lease agreement, bank statement or a bill may be used if it contains a current address.

If either applicant has been previously married, a signed and dated copy of the divorce decree, annulment or death certificate from the most recent marriage must be presented. A divorced person may not remarry until 6 months after the granting of the Judgment of Divorce regardless of where the action took place.

Applicants need to provide their Social Security Numbers.

Applicants will be asked the date of the wedding, where the wedding will take place (city, village or township), name of the church, home or facility and the Officiant’s Name, Address And Phone Number.

Minimum Age To Marry

No one under the age of 16 can get married in Wisconsin, regardless of circumstances. An applicant between the ages of 16 and 18 must obtain the consent of his/her parents or legal guardians. If both parents are deceased, the appointed legal guardian must sign.

Can I Get Married In The Courthouse?

The Family Court Commissioner, Nathan Novak, performs marriages in the Courthouse at no charge. An appointment may be made by calling (715) 839-6029. Other Eau Claire County Court Commissioners are available for hire.

Fees

The marriage license fee is currently $95.00. There are no refunds and they cannot accept out-of-state checks. Payments can be made by cash, local check or credit card (credit card payments will be charged a convenience fee).

Below is the physical address of the County Clerk:

Janet K. Loomis, County Clerk
Government Center
3rd Floor
721 Oxford Ave.
Suite 3350
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715-839-4801
Email: janet.loomis@co.eau-claire.wi.us

Eau Claire Register of Deeds Information

The Register of Deeds office serves as the official county repository for land records and vital records, implementing statutory changes, system modernization, program and procedure evaluation to assure quality and timely customer service.

The Department files and records real estate documents such as deeds, mortgages, satisfactions, subdivision plats, certified survey maps and Federal tax liens utilizing optical imaging technology for permanent storage and retrieval.

Birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership and military discharges are indexed and filed in safe archival storage for convenient access to issue certified copies upon request.

Linked below are Vital Record Application Forms. Please complete forms to receive a copy of your vital record. $3.00 fee each additional copy of the same record, issued at the same time as the first copy. Applicant must provide a valid driver’s license for identification. Refer to 2nd page of application for other options. In-person requests for certified copies are usually completed within 10-15 minutes of application. Mailed requests for certified copies are completed within 1-2 business days plus mail time.

Below is the physical address of the Register of Deeds:

Kathryn Christenson, Register of Deeds
Government Center –
1st Floor
721 Oxford Ave.
Rm 1310
Eau Claire, WI 54703-5481
Phone: 715-839-4745
Fax: 715-855-6242

Eau Claire Clerk of Circuit Court Information

The Clerk of Circuit Court has many roles:

Statutory:

To provide record keeping and collect all fees, fines and forfeitures for the judicial system. Wisconsin Statute 753.30 outlines the duties and powers of this position.

Financial:

The Clerk of Courts Office has a budget approved by the County Board. They collect over 3.6 million a year in fees, fines and forfeitures.

Supervisory:

They have 20 employees working in the office. The Clerk of Circuit Court is responsible for all personnel matters; creating and enforcing office policies, hiring new staff, annual performance evaluations, providing training opportunities, and ensuring all appropriate rules and guidelines are followed.

Staff Backup:

The Clerk of Circuit Court will fill in for staff when needed. This may include court hearings and jury trials, receptionist duties, filing, or assisting the public.

Department Head:

The Clerk of Circuit Court prepares and presents reports to the County Board and its subcommittees. The Clerk of Circuit Court represents the office in meetings and functions.

Liaison:

The Clerk of Circuit Court works closely with the judges, district court administrator, state offices and other Clerks of Circuit Court to address issues within the court system.

Committee Member:

The Clerk of Circuit Court is a voting member of the Criminal Justice Collaborative Council (CJCC). The CJCC is a group of stakeholders that collaborate on the issues affecting the Eau Claire County Criminal Justice System. The Clerk of Circuit Court is often asked to be a member of ad hoc committees or work groups.

Search and Copy Requests

In person: Come to the Clerk of Courts Office and utilize the Public Access computer in the lobby to locate the case file you are requesting. If you are unable to locate your case number or wish to have Clerk of Court staff locate this for you, a $5 statutory research fee must be paid. If the case file has been scanned, the file can be viewed on the public access terminal and you may request to purchase documents directly from the computer. The cost of printed documents is $1.25/page. If the record is NOT scanned, you will request the file from counter staff who will pull the file for your viewing. If you require copies, a clerk will make the copies for you at the statutory rate of $1.25/page. They can certify copies for an additional $5/case number.

By fax or mail: You may call their office and provide the case number, document name and filing date for the documents you wish to purchase. If you do not provide your case number, a $5 statutory research fee must be paid. They can pull the file and provide you with the page count and cost to purchase the documents you are requesting. The cost to obtain documents is $1.25/page and if you need certified copies there is a $5/case number fee. They can then fax to a number provided (up to 15 pages only) or send to you in the required self addressed stamped envelope (Please note: certified copies can not be faxed). A postage fee may also be paid. They require prepayment, prior to sending any information which can be mailed or paid via credit/debit card through the third party agency who processes such payments on their behalf. See information for payment by internet or phone on their Payments page. If you have any questions please call the Clerk of Courts office at 715-839-4816 and press the prompt for the case type you are requesting. Please note the clerk has up to 10 days to complete copy requests by fax or mail.

E-Filing

Ultimately, eFiling will be available for all case types in all counties. The mandatory e-Filing rule (Wis. Stat. §801.18) became effective July 1, 2016. Use of the circuit court e-Filing system is currently voluntary in some counties for attorneys and self-represented litigants. Those who choose not to participate may continue to use paper in counties that are not mandatory. Beginning February 15, 2017 Eau Claire County became a mandatory eFiling county.

Below is the physical address of the Clerk of Circuit Court:

Susan Schaffer, Clerk of Circuit Court
Government Center
2nd Floor
721 Oxford Ave
Suite 2220
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: (715) 839-4816
Fax: (715) 839-4817
Email: EauClaire.Info@wicourts.gov

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