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How to Apply for a Marriage License in Michigan

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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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.

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In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

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ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license.
You should know your Social Security numbers.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Michigan.

Application Requirement: Applicants intending to marry must obtain a marriage license from the county clerk in the county in which one of the parties lives (or, if both parties are non-residents, in the county where the marriage is to be performed), and deliver it to the person who is to solemnize the marriage, before the marriage can be performed. Both applicants are not required to appear in person at the time of applying. However,
he or she will be required to complete all information about both applicants:

•  A photocopy of the front and back of the other person's driver's license.
•  Full names;
•  addresses, dates and places of birth;
•  Bride's name after marriage

Identification requirements vary in each county. A valid drivers license or certified copy of birth certificate may be requested.

Waiting Period: 3 days. The county clerk can waive the 3 day waiting period for "good and sufficient cause shown."

Fees: $20 for residents, and $30 for non-residents. $15.00 of it is allocated for family counseling services. Wayne County is authorized to charge more. A probate court may waive the marriage license fee in cases of undue hardship.

Blood Tests: No tests

Under 18 : Applicants 18 years of age may marry without parental consent.

•  Applicants 16 years of age may marry with parental or legal guardian written consent.

•  Applicants under the age of 15 with parental consent and probate court permission.

Marriage of a Minor: The legal marriage of a minor "shall release such minor from parental control."

Common Law Marriage: No. However, the State does recognize common law marriages that are valid in other states.

Solemnization Authority: Marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:
•  Federal, probate, district, and municipal judges, and district court magistrates, in their court area;

•  Mayors, in their city;

•  Wayne County clerks;

•  Ministers of the gospel, anywhere in the state, "if the minister is ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of the denomination, and is a pastor of a church in this state, or continues to preach the gospel in this state";

•  Non-resident ministers of the gospel, anywhere in the state, if the minister is authorized to solemnize marriages by his or her state's laws.

Solemnization Form: No particular form or oath is required. The parties merely solemnly declare that they take each other as husband and wife before at least two witnesses and the person officiating. A special law allows "the people called Friends or Quakers" and "people of any other particular denomination, having, as such, any peculiar mode of solemnizing marriages" to solemnize their marriages in their own manner.

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Solemnization Fee: Mayors and Wayne County clerks are specifically authorized to collect a fee (set by their city, or county commissioners) for solemnizing marriages. The money is to be turned in to the government. There are no specific provisions concerning fees charged by others.

Certificate: After the wedding ceremony the person who solemnizes the marriage fills in (typed or legibly printed) the certificate with the time and place of the marriage and the names and residences of the two witnesses, and signs it. The part marked "duplicate" is given to the newlyweds, and the original must be mailed to the county clerk that issued it within 10 days. The clerk records the information in a registration book, and mails it on to the the state registrar. The person who performs the marriage must also keep a record ''in a book used expressly for that purpose. The license, when fully filled out, thus serves a "double purpose" and becomes the certificate.

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

Officiants: A minister of the gospel who is ordained or authorized by his or her church to perform marriages and who is a pastor of a church in this state, or continues to preach the gospel in this state may perform marriages. Ministers must complete a marriage certificate and give one to the couple. Another marriage certificate must be returned to the county clerk who issued the license within 10 days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 33 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Michigan.

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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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.

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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
St. 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
St. 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


Durham Town Clerk
Durham, CT
860.349.3452


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
St. 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


St. Clair County Clerk
Port Huron, MI
810.985.2200


St. 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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