getting your marriage license in michigan

bride kissing groom while he is signing their marriage license
photo courtesy of karyn may photography

WOOT! You’re getting married! If you’re at this step, then you’re getting married REALLY soon – within 33 days to be exact, since that is how long you will have once you apply for your marriage license in the state of Michigan! We know this part isn’t as fun as the rest of the planning, but…you gotta do it. Here’s a step-by-step guide for the state of Michigan; for county-specific details, click on your county below.


Make sure you know your date before applying!


You can apply online or in person. Click on your county below to find the address for your county clerk’s office as well as the online marriage license application.


You will need to provide social security numbers for both applicants. Applicants without a social security number must provide a legal explanation in-person at the county clerk’s office.


Government-issued birth certificates and current driver’s licenses or state IDs (copies sufficient) are required for both applicants. Documents must be in English. Parent or guardian consent is required for 16 to 17 year old applicants. One parent must be present to sign consent form with valid government issued ID.


At least one applicant must be a resident of the county in which you are to be married. If both parties are from out of state, but getting married in Michigan, they must apply for their license in the county where their ceremony will take place. Proof of address is required with either a valid driver’s license or state ID.

6. FEE

$20 for county residents; $30 for out-of-state applicants.


License must be picked up in person – with all required documents – at the county clerk’s office no sooner than 3 days after submitting your application.

Please Note:

Licenses are good for 33 days from and including application date.

Witnesses must be 18 or older.

Licenses may be used in any county in Michigan.

If ceremony is to be in English, then both parties must understand English.

Happy Wedding Planning!


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