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Vital Records Division

Marriage Records

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

  • Online
  • In Person
    • At any of the Ottawa County Clerk locations (see right-side column).
    • Fee is $15; additional copies of the same marriage certificate requested the same day are $6 each. Cash, check, money order or Visa, MasterCard or Discover are acceptable as payment.
  • By Mail
    • Complete the application for certified marriage record (PDF). Use only one form per record request.
    • Fee is $15; additional copies of the same marriage certificate requested the same day are $6 each. Method of payment includes checks/money orders payable to OTTAWA COUNTY CLERK.
    • Mail the completed application and the appropriate fee:

      Ottawa County Clerk
      12220 Fillmore Street, Room 130
      West Olive, MI 49460
  • By Email
  • By Fax
    • Complete the application for certified marriage record (PDF). Use only one form per record request.
    • Fax the application to (616) 994-4583.
    • Fee is $15; additional copies of the same marriage certificate requested. the same day are $6 each. Visa, MasterCard or Discover are the only acceptable method of payment when faxing.
    • Contact the Ottawa County Clerk at (616) 994-4531 with payment information.

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.