Marriage records are a matter of public record. The license is recorded in the county in which the applicants lived at the time of their marriage. Out-of-state applicants record their marriage license in the county in which they were married.
How to Obtain a Certified Marriage Record
Certification of Documents
The Ottawa County Clerk’s Office electronically certifies documents filed with the Clerk pursuant to MCL 565.232. However, certain entities may require a certified copy that contains a traditional raised seal on the document even though an electronic certification is legally permissible under Michigan law. In this event, you will need to provide the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office with appropriate written documentation from the entity indicating they refuse to accept an electronically certified copy prior to receiving a raised seal certified document. Furthermore, if you are requesting a certified copy of a Clerk record for purposes of submitting a passport application or for international issues, such as international marriage, adoption or custody issue, you most likely will need a traditional raised seal on the document.
Pursuant to MCL 750.248, any person who falsely makes, alters, forges or counterfeits a public record or a certificate or attestation of a Clerk of Court on an order or in relation to a matter in which the certificate or attestation may be received as legal proof with the intent to injure or defraud another person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.