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Apply for Marriage License

  • General Requirements
    • State Law: The State of Michigan through MCL 551.101, 104, 106 requires all parties intending to be married to obtain a marriage license from the county clerk of the county in which either applicant resides.
    • In-State Residents: must apply for license in the county in which they live. The marriage may then occur in any county in the state.
    • Out-of-State Residents: must apply for license in the county in which they will be married.
    • Educational Materials: The County Clerk is required to provide applicants with educational materials on the transmission and prevention of venereal disease and HIV infection.
    • Age & Date of Birth: for both applicants. Each must be at least 18 years old. However, a 16 or 17 year old can apply with written consent of a parent of guardian.The consent must be notarized. Forms are available from the County Clerk's Office.
  • Documentation Required to Obtain License
    • Birth Certificates: Each applicant must provide a certified birth certificate or a paper copy of a certified birth certificate, an official foreign birth certificate with an English translation, or a permanent resident alien card or naturalization certificate. Note: For foreign language birth certificates a certified translation is required.
    • Government Issued Pictured Identification: For both applicants such as a driver’s license or state identification card. A passport can be used for pictured identification if an additional piece of documentation is included to show residency. Paper copies of these documents are acceptable.
    • Judgment of Divorce or Death Certificate: If previous marriage was terminated by divorce or death, a paper copy of one of these certified documents is required.
    • Social Security Cards: For both applicants. If you are exempt from having a social security number due to other legal reasons (citizen of another country here with a passport, work or student visa or in the process of becoming a citizen of this country) or exempt because of religious convictions pursuant to MCL 551.102{sec. 2(3)}, you must provide applicable documentation and must sign an affidavit to that affect. If you are ineligible to obtain a social security card, you must sign an affidavit to that affect in lieu of having the social security information.
  • How to Apply

    Apply for a Marriage License Online
    *Please remember: There is a required 3-day waiting period to obtain a license after submitting an application. You cannot apply before 33 days of your wedding date.

  • Fees

    Payment due at time of pick-up of Marriage License. Fees can be paid with cash, money order, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

    • Michigan Residents: $20
    • Out-of-State Residents: $30
  • Time Constraint Requirements
    • Waiting Period: there is a required 3-day waiting period to obtain a license after submitting an application. To be granted a waiver for the 3-day waiting period the couple must present one of the following at time of application:
      • Notarized statement from the Clergy as to when he or she will solemnize the marriage.
      • Professional Wedding Invitation (Note: computer generated invitations will NOT be accepted.)
      • Newspaper Announcement
      • Military Deployment papers
    • Application Expiration: marriage must take place within 33 days from date of application.
  • Translation Agencies

    Michigan Department of State certified translators: Translator's Resource List