Marriage License Information

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Where to get one

 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. 

Application Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age to apply for a marriage application in Michigan.
  • In order to get married in Michigan, couples must apply in person, with current valid driver’s license or state I.D. to obtain a marriage license from the County Clerk of the COUNTY in which either applicant resides.
  • The marriage license fee is $20.00 for residents of Michigan. $30 for non-residents.
  • Blood tests are not required for a marriage license.
  • There is a three-day waiting period after the application before the license may be issued and used.
  • Michigan requires two witnesses (who must be at least 18 years of age).
  • Marriage license is valid for 33 days.

Important Information

 Marriage License applications are available through the your local County Clerk’s Office.

  • In order to get married in the State of Michigan, couples must apply in person and present current valid driver’s license or state I.D. to obtain a marriage license application.
  • Requirements may vary as each county in Michigan could have their own set of rules. It is important that you verify all information with your local County Clerk’s Office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.

 

The following is required of both parties:

  • Valid driver’s license or state ID showing current address.
  • Birth certificate or valid passport.  If passport is used instead of birth certificate, full names of both parents and the state or country where they were born must be provided at time of application.
  • Social Security numbers of both parties pursuant to MCL 551.102.

 

For the purpose of marriage application, residency is determined by a current valid driver’s license or state I.D.:

  • If you are a Michigan resident, you must apply in the county where you live.  If both parties are Michigan residents, you may apply in either county.  The license is valid throughout the state.
  • If both parties are out-of-state residents, you must apply in the county where you are going to be married. The license is valid in that county only.

 

 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.


Copy of Certificate of Marriage License

Vital Records
3423 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48909
Ph: 517.335.8656


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.