Each County's Clerks Office issues marriage licenses to County residents who wish to marry in the State of Michigan, and those out of state residents wishing to marry in the County. The County Clerks Office is the sole agency, under the laws of the State of Michigan that is vested with the authority to issue marriage licenses.
Marriage License applications are available through the your local County Clerk’s Office.
The following is required of both parties:
For the purpose of marriage application, residency is determined by a current valid driver’s license or state I.D.:
If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse’s death must be provided.
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can get married with parental consent. Your parents must appear with their own identification and if a custodial parent, proof of their custody. If you are 15 or younger, you will need both parental consent and the approval of the probate court.
There are no proxy marriages in Michigan; however, only one of you need to be present and have all required documentation when applying for a marriage license. You will need to show a a photo copy, front and back, of your fiancé’s driver’s license or state ID.
Common Law Marriage does not apply to anyone who entered into the relationship after January 1, 1957.
A minister of the gospel who is ordained or authorized by his or her church to perform marriages and who is a pastor of a church in this state, or continues to preach the gospel in this state may perform marriages. Ministers must complete a marriage certificate and give one to the couple. Another marriage certificate must be returned to the county clerk who issued the license within 10 days after the marriage.
Michigan requires two witnesses (who must be at least 18 years of age).
Marriage licenses are valid for 33 days from the date of issuance. You must get married within thirty days.
Do not apply if your ceremony will be held more than 34 days from today.
3423 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48909
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Additional information can be found on the Michigan Gov website.