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How to Apply for a Marriage License in Michigan

Marriage license Laws in the state of Michigan, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Michigan marriage laws before filling out the Michigan marriage license form.

Requirements often change, so please call the Michigan Marriage License Dept. at your issuing county curcuit courthouse or register of deeds office to verify address, fees and hours of operation.



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Michigan Marriage License Rules

Residency Requirement in Michigan:

You do not have to be a resident of Michigan, but the fee is $10 more for out of state residents.

Residents need to apply for their marriage license in the county in which one of them lives. Non-residents need to apply for their marriage license in the county where they plan on getting married.

Even though you apply for your marriage license in the county you live in, you can get married any place in Michigan.

Previous Marriage:

You need to know the date (mm/dd/yy) and how the last marriage ended. If it was within the last 6 months, you will need to bring proof of the divorce that can be left with the Clerk.

ID Requirement in Michigan:

Picture id such as Drivers License. You can also use Military ID, DD 214, You must also have a certified copy of your birth certificates.

You will also need to know your parents addresses, and your mothers' maiden names. Foreign birth certificates need to be translated into English, and be notarized.

Covenant Marriage Option:

No.

Waiting Period:

There is a three (3) day waiting period in Michigan. The waiting period does not include the application day. The waiting period may be waived by the county clerk for "good and sufficient cause shown." The license is valid anywhere in the state for thirty-three (33) days from the date of application.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

$20 if you are a resident of Michigan. $30 for non-residents. Some counties may charge more. Bring cash. Most counties do not accept checks.

Requirements and fees may vary as each county in Michigan could have their own requirements.

Other Tests:

None.

Proxy Marriages:

No. 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 photocopy of the front and back of your partner's driver's license.

Cousin Marriages:

No.

Common Law Marriages:

No, unless entered into the relationship prior to January 1, 1957.

Same Sex Marriages:

No.

Under 18:

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.

Secret Marriages:

Back in 1897, secret marriages were approved. If a couple requests a secret marriage, if permitted by a judge, after the ceremony is solemnized, the officiant returns the certificate, but the judge may seal the file and allow no publicity about the marriage.
What Qualifies One for a Secret Marriage?

Witnesses:

Witnesses have to be at least 18 years of age. Some counties follow this new law more strictly than others.

Officiants:

Marriages may be performed by federal, probate, district, and municipal judges, and district court magistrates, in their court area; mayors, in their city; County clerks; ministers and pastors of the gospel, both resident and non-resident. The Michigan Statutes also have a provision that allows for marriages to "be solemnized in the manner heretofore used and practiced in their respective societies or denominations."

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

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

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

Michigan County Clerk's Office

Alcona County Clerk
Harrisville, MI
989.724.6807
Alger County Clerk
Munising, MI
906.387.2076
Allegan County Clerk
Allegan, MI
616.673.0450
Alpena County Clerk
Alpena, MI
517.356.0115
Antrim County Clerk
Bellaire, MI
231.533.6353
Arenac County Clerk
Standish, MI
989.846.4626
Baraga County Clerk
L'Anse, MI
906.524.6183
Barry County Clerk
Hastings, MI
616.945.1285
Bay County Clerk
Bay City, MI
989.895.4280
Benzie County Clerk
Beulah, MI
231.882.9671
Berrien County Clerk
Saint Joseph, MI
616.983.7111
Branch County Clerk
Coldwater, MI
517.279.4306
Calhoun County Clerk
Marshall, MI
616.781.0730
Cass County Clerk
Cassopolis, MI
616.445.8621
Charlevoix County Clerk
Charlevoix, MI
231.547.7200
Cheboygan County Clerk
Cheboygan, MI
231.627.8808
Chippewa County Clerk
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
906.635.6300
Clare County Clerk
Harrison, MI
989.539.7131
Clinton County Clerk
Saint Johns, MI
989.224.5140
Crawford County Clerk
Grayling, MI
989.344.3200
Delta County Clerk
Escanaba, MI
906.789.5105
Dickinson County Clerk
Iron Mountain, MI
906.774.0988
Eaton County Clerk
Charlotte, MI
517.543.7500
Emmet County Clerk
Petoskey, MI
231.348.1744
Genesee County Clerk
Flint, MI
810.257.3282
Gladwin County Clerk
Gladwin, MI
989.426.7351
Gogebic County Clerk
Bessemer, MI
906.663.4518
Grand Traverse County Clerk
Traverse City, MI
231.922.4760
Gratiot County Clerk
Ithaca, MI
517.875.5215
Hillsdale County Clerk
Hillsdale, MI
517.437.3391
Houghton County Clerk
Houghton, MI
906.482.1150
Huron County Clerk
Bad Axe, MI
989.269.9942
Ingham County Clerk
Mason, MI
517.676.7201
Ionia County Clerk
Ionia, MI
616.527.5322
Iosco County Clerk
Tawas City, MI
989.362.3497
Isabella County Clerk
Mt. Pleasant, MI
517.772.0911
Jackson County Clerk
Jackson, MI
517.788.4265
Kalamazoo County Clerk
Kalamazoo, MI
616.383.8840
Kalkaska County Clerk
Kalkaska, MI
231.258.3300
Kent County Clerk
Grand Rapids, MI
616.632.7590
Keweenaw County Clerk
Eagle River, MI
906.337.2229
Lake County Clerk
Baldwin, MI
231.745.4641
Lapeer County Clerk
Lapeer, MI
810.667.0356
Leelanau County Clerk
Leland, MI
231.256.9824
Lenawee County Clerk
Adrian, MI
517.264.4606
Livingston County Clerk
Howell, MI
517.546.0500
Luce County Clerk
Newberry, MI
906.293.5521
Mackinac County Clerk
Saint Ignace, MI
906.643.7300
Macomb County Clerk
Mt. Clemens, MI
586.469.5120
Manistee County Clerk
Manistee, MI
231.723.3331
Marquette County Clerk
Marquette, MI
906.225.8330
Mason County Clerk
Ludington, MI
231.843.8202
Mecosta County Clerk
Big Rapids, MI
231.592.0783
Menominee County Clerk
Menominee, MI
906.863.9968
Midland County Clerk
Midland, MI
517.832.6739
Missaukee County Clerk
Lake City, MI
231.839.4967
Monroe County Clerk
Monroe, MI
734.240.7020
Montcalm County Clerk
Stanton, MI
989.831.7339
Montmorency County Clerk
Atlanta, MI
517.785.8022
Muskegon County Clerk
Muskegon, MI
231.724.6221
Newaygo County Clerk
White Cloud, MI
231.689.7235
Oakland County Clerk
Pontiac, MI
248.858.0572
Oceana County Clerk
Hart, MI
231.873.4328
Ogemaw County Clerk
West Branch, MI
517.345.0215
Ontonagon County Clerk
Ontonagon, MI
906.884.4255
Osceola County Clerk
Reed City, MI
231.832.6104
Oscoda County Clerk
Mio, MI
989.826.1110
Otsego County Clerk
Gaylord, MI
517.732.6484
Ottawa County Clerk
Grand Haven, MI
616.846.8310
Presque Isle County Clerk
Rogers City, MI
800.334.5698
Roscommon County Clerk
Roscommon, MI
989.275.5923
Saginaw County Clerk
Saginaw, MI
989.790.5251
Saint Clair County Clerk
Port Huron, MI
810.985.2200
Saint Joseph County Clerk
Centreville, MI
616.467.5602
Sanilac County Clerk
Sandusky, MI
810.648.3212
Schoolcraft County Clerk
Manistique, MI
906.341.3618
Shiawassee County Clerk
Corunna, MI
517.743.2242
Tuscola County Clerk
Caro, MI
517.672.3780
Van Buren County Clerk
Paw Paw, MI
616.657.8218
Washtenaw County Clerk
Ann Arbor, MI
734.994.2501
Wayne County Clerk
Detroit, MI
313.224.6262
Wexford County Clerk
Cadillac, MI
231.779.9450
 

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