Apply For A Michigan Marriage License

What do I need to do to get married in Michigan?

Besides all the planning that goes into your wedding, you will also need to obtain a marriage license before your wedding ceremony. Marriage licenses are issued by the County Clerk’s office in all 83 counties in Michigan. If you or your fiance are Michigan residents, you must apply in a county where one of you resides. For Michigan residents, the license is good throughout the state and you do not need to marry in the county that issued your license. However, if neither one of you is a Michigan resident, you should apply in the county where the wedding is taking place.

What is needed to file the application?

In order to apply for your marriage license, either you or your fiance will need to file the application in person at a County Clerk’s office. For both parties, you need to provide proof of age and residency. For proof of age, you must present a certified birth certificate or passport. If you use a passport for this purpose, you must also give the names of both parents and the state or country where they were born. For proof of residency, you must provide a state issued driver’s license or identity card. If only one of you is present to file the application, then you must provide this information for your fiance as well, including the actual birth certificate or passport. For their driver’s license, a photocopy of both the front and back of the card is sufficient. You must have these documents when you file the application and when you pick up the license. You will also need to give the full name, address, birth place, and social security number of both parties in order to complete the application.

How long does it take to get the license?

Michigan has a mandatory three day waiting period so you must wait at least three days after filing the application before you can pick up the license at the County Clerk’s office.

Is there a fee for the license?

Yes, you must pay the applicable license fee when you file the application. The cost depends on where you apply and whether you are a Michigan resident, but generally the fee is around $20 for Michigan residents and an additional $10 for out of state residents.

How long is the license valid?

The license expires 33 days from the date of application, or in other words 30 days after the waiting period ends. If your wedding takes place after the license expires, you will need to reapply for a new license and pay the license fee again.


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