Michigan Marriage License

Before a wedding ceremony can take place in the state of Michigan, a marriage license must be obtained from the local county clerk (Michigan residents) or the county in which the ceremony will take place (Non-Michigan residents)

What you’ll need to bring when applying for a Marriage License (Please verify with your County Clerk)

  • A Driver’s License or State ID

  • Birth Certificate (original or certified copy)

  • Social Security Card

  • Proof of residence if address listed on ID is incorrect

You may be able to apply for your marriage license online depending upon your county.

The Marriage License must be signed within 30 days of the application and will require a signature from the Officiant/Minister, Bride and Groom, and 2 witnesses 18 years of age or older.

Once signed, the Marriage License must be filed at the County Clerk’s office in the county in which you live. (Non-Michigan residents must file in the county in which they will be married.)

Unless you order a certified copy of your Marriage License you will not automatically receive one in the mail. Certified copies are helpful when changing your name on your Social Security Card and/or Driver’s License.

Michigan County Clerk Links:

Ingham

Kent

Lake

Mecosta

Montcalm

Muskegon

Newaygo

Oceana

Osceola

Ottawa