Marriage License


Michigan Marriage License Requirements:

The Basics

• Your marriage license must be obtained from the County Clerk’s Office in the county in which either you or your fiancé resides.

• Nonresidents of Michigan who wish to be married in Michigan should apply in the county where their wedding will take place.

• Either you or your fiancé must apply for your marriage license in person.

• There is a three-day waiting period from the time you apply until your license is issued. The license is valid for 33 days from the date of application.

What to Bring

• Identification: Requirements vary by county; many counties require that you present a full-size, certified birth certificate and a valid driver’s license or Michigan state I.D. card.

• Applicants must be able to provide their birth name as well as their mother’s and father’s full birth names and dates of birth. In some counties, you will need to know the city and state of your parents’ birth.

• Money: The cost for a marriage license in most counties is $20 ($30 for non-Michigan residents). Some municipalities accept cash only, so cal ahead.

• Proof of Age: Eighteen is the legal age for marrying without parental consent; there are special restrictions for persons ages 16 or 17 who wish to marry.

County Clerk Offices

Here is a partial list of local marriage-license offices. Call your town or city clerk’s office if it is not listed here. Most offices are open Monday through Friday excluding holidays; hours vary slightly.

Genesee County Clerk Circuit Court Building
900 S. Saginaw St., 2nd Floor
Tel: 810-257-3228
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Lapeer County Clerk

255 Clay Street

Lapeer, MI 48446

(810) 667-0356

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M – F Closed for holidays Observed by Lapeer County

MACOMB COUNTY (you can now apply on line!)
Macomb County Clerk
40 N. Main St.
1st Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Tel: 586-469-5120


  • $20.00 — application fee for Michigan residents
  • $30.00 — application fee for non-residents of Michigan
  • Method of payments accepted: cash, check, VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

Please make checks payable to: “Macomb County Clerk.”


8-7 p.m.

Oakland County Clerk
1200 N. Telegraph Rd.
Tel: 248-858-0572
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


St. Clair County Clerk201 McMorran Blvd.Room 1100Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone:                                 (810) 985-2200
Fax:                                 (810) 985-4796

Office Hours

                Monday-Thursday:                 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
                Friday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Washtenaw County Clerk/Registrar
County Court House
200 N. Main St., Suite 100
Ann Arbor
Tel: 734-222-6720
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wayne County Clerk
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Ave., Room 201
Tel: 313-224-5520
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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.”


License is valid for thirty (30) days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vital Records 3423 North Martin Luther King Boulevard P.O. Box 30195 Lansing, MI  48909 Phone: (517) 335-8656


State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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