The Basics: Michigan Marriage License Requirements

So you're planning to get married somewhere in Michigan - but how the heck do you make it legal? Here are the basics to getting a marriage license in Michigan.

Requirements include:

  • At least 18 years old without parental consent.
  • Michigan residents must apply in the county where you live; if you each live in different counties, you can apply in either county. You can have your ceremony anywhere in the state.
  • Out of state resident must apply in the county where you will be married.

Documentation required:

  • Driver's license
  • Social Security number
  • Birth Certificate

Check with the county clerks office to find out if you can get the application online or if you are required to go in person. You will be required to provide the documentation listed above. After submitting your application, required documentation, and payment of $20 - $30 (depending on your residency) there is a 3 day waiting period to receive your marriage license.

Your marriage license will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and needs to be turned in to the same county clerks office it was received from within 10 days of the ceremony. Michigan requires your marriage license to be signed by an officiant and good news - I am ordained if you'd like me to sign your license as well. If you need copies of your marriage license (I highly recommend you at least get one), you will have to pay a fee to receive it - pricing may vary by county.

That's it! Although it may seem like a lot, it's a relatively simple process. Now you're ready to officially get married in Michigan!