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Marriage Laws U.S. Michigan License Bay County

Marriage license Laws in the state of Michigan, here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Bay County marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Bay County Marriage License Office

Bay County Clerk
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 895-4280
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Bay County

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Residency Requirement in Bay County:

You do not have to be a resident of Bay County, but the fee is $10 more for out of state residents.

Residents need to apply for their marriage license in the county in which one of them lives. Non-residents need to apply for their marriage license in the county where they plan on getting married.

Even though you apply for your marriage license in the county you live in, you can get married any place in Michigan.

Previous Marriage:

You need to know the date (mm/dd/yy) and how the last marriage ended. If it was within the last 6 months, you will need to bring proof of the divorce that can be left with the Clerk.

ID Requirement in Bay County:

Picture id such as Drivers License. You can also use Military ID, DD 214, You must also have a certified copy of your birth certificates.

You will also need to know your parents addresses, and your mothers' maiden names. Foreign birth certificates need to be translated into English, and be notarized.

Covenant Marriage Option:


Waiting Period:

There is a three (3) day waiting period in Bay County. The waiting period does not include the application day. The waiting period may be waived by the Bay County Clerk for "good and sufficient cause shown." The license is valid anywhere in the state for thirty-three (33) days from the date of application.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Bay County: $20 if you are a resident of Michigan. $30 for non-residents. Some counties may charge more. Bring cash. Most counties do not accept checks.

Requirements and fees may vary as each county in Michigan could have their own requirements.

Other Tests:


Proxy Marriages:

No. However, only one of you need to be present and have all required documentation when applying for a marriage license. You will need to show a photocopy of the front and back of your partner's driver's license.

Cousin Marriages:


Common Law Marriages:

No, unless entered into the relationship prior to January 1, 1957.

Same Sex Marriages:


Under 18:

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can get married with parental consent. Your parents must appear with their own identification and if a custodial parent, proof of their custody. If you are 15 or younger, you will need both parental consent and the approval of the probate court.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.


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


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."

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vital Records
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.

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