Michigan Marriage License Laws and Requirements

Find out how to get married in MI

If you're getting married in the state of Michigan you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $20.00 for in-state residents and $30.00 for out-of-state residents.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Michigan to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is a mandatory 3 day waiting period before your license is issued to you. In most states, the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or federal holidays. In some instances, the day the application is filed is not included within the waiting period timeline.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 33 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Michigan or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Michigan. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Michigan marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Michigan. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or legally recognized in Michigan.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Michigan has 83 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Alcona Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 269
Harrisville, MI 48740

517-724-6802

Alger Register Of Deeds

101 Court St
Munising, MI 49862

906-387-2076

Allegan County Recorder

113 Chestnut St
Allegan, MI 49010

616-673-0450

Alpena Register Of Deeds

720 W Chisholm
Alpena, MI 49707

517-356-0115

Antrim County Clerk

205 E Cayuga
Bellaire, MI 49615

616-533-6353

Arenac County Clerk

P.O. Box 296
Standish, MI 48658

517-846-4626

Baraga County Clerk

16 N 3rd St
L'Anse, MI 49946

906-524-6183

Barry County , Register Of Deeds

220 W State St
Hastings, MI 49058

616-948-4810

Bay County Clerk

515 Center Ave
Bay City, MI 48708

517-895-4280

Benzie County , Register Of Deeds

448 Courtplace
Beulah, MI 49617

616-882-9671

Berrien County , Register Of Deeds

811 Port St
St Joseph, MI 49085

616-983-7111

Branch County , Register Of Deeds

31 Division St
Coldwater, MI 49032

616-467-5602

Calhoun County Clerk

315 W Green St
Marshall, MI 49068

616-781-0730

Cass County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 355
Cassopolis, MI 49031

616-445-4464

Charlevoix County , Register Of Deeds

301 State St
Charlevoix, MI 49720

616-547-7200

Cheboygan County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 70
Cheboygan, MI 49721

616-627-8808

Chippewa County , Register Of Deeds

319 Court St
Sault Ste, MI 49783

906-635-6300

Clare Register Of Deeds

225 W Main St
Harrison, MI 48625

517-539-7131

Clinton County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 435
St Johns, MI 48879

517-224-5140

Crawford Register Of Deeds

200 W Michigan St
Grayling, MI 49738

517-348-2841

Delta Register Of Deeds

310 Ludington
Escanaba, MI 49829

906-789-5105

Dickinson County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 609
Iron Mountain, MI 49801

906-774-0988

Eaton County , Register Of Deeds

1045 Independence
Charlotte, MI 48813

517-543-7500

Emmet Register Of Deeds

200 Division
Petoskey, MI 49770

616-348-1744

Genesee County , Register Of Deeds

1101 Beach St
Flint, MI 48503

810-257-3225

Gladwin Register Of Deeds

401 West Cedar St
Gladwin, MI 48624

517-426-7351

Gogebic County , Register Of Deeds

200 N Moore St
Bessemer, MI 49911

906-663-4518

Grand Traverse County , Register Of Deeds

400 Boardman St
Traverse City, MI 49684

616-922-4760

Gratiot Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 5
Ithaca, MI 48847

517-875-5215

Hillsdale Register Of Deeds

29 N Howell St
Hillsdale, MI 49242

517-437-3391

Houghton County , Register Of Deeds

401 East Houghton Ave
Houghton, MI 49931

906-482-1150

Huron Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 126
Bad Axe, MI 48413

517-269-9942

Ingham County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 195
Mason, MI 48854

517-676-7201

Ionia County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 35
Ionia, MI 48846

616-527-5322

Iosco County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 367
Tawas City, MI 48764

517-362-3497

Iron Register Of Deeds

2 South 6th St
Crystal Falls, MI 49920

906-875-3221

Isabella County , Register Of Deeds

200 N Main St
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

517-772-0911

Jackson County , Register Of Deeds

120 W Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201

517-788-4265

Kalamazoo County , Register Of Deeds

201 W Kalamazoo Ave
Suite 102

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

616-383-8840

Kalkaska County , Register Of Deeds

605 N Birch St
Kalkaska, MI 49646

616-258-3300

Kent County , Register Of Deeds

300 Monroe Ave Nw
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-336-3550

Keweenaw Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Eagle River, MI 49924

906-337-2229

Lake Register Of Deeds

P.O. Drawer B
Baldwin, MI 49304

616-745-4641

Lapeer County , Registry Of Deeds

279 N Court St
Lapeer, MI 48446

810-667-0356

Leelanau County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 595
Leland, MI 49654

616-256-9824

Lenawee Register Of Deeds

301 N Main St
Adrian, MI 49221

517-264-4597

Livingston County , Register Of Deeds

200 East Grand River
Howell, MI 48843

517-546-0500

Luce Register Of Deeds

401 W Harrie St
Newberry, MI 49868

906-293-5521

Mackinac Register Of Deeds

100 Marley St
St Ignace, MI 49781

906-643-7300

Macomb County , Register Of Deeds

10 North Gratiot
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

810-468-7002

Manistee County , Register Of Deeds

415 3rd St
Manistee, MI 49660

616-723-3331

Marquette County , Register Of Deeds

234 W Baraga Ave
Marquette, MI 49855

906-228-1525

Mason Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 57
Ludington, MI 49431

616-843-8202

Mecosta Register Of Deeds

400 Elm St
Big Rapids, MI 49307

616-592-0783

Menominee Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Menominee, MI 49858

906-863-9968

Midland County , Register Of Deeds

301 W Main St
Midland, MI 48840

989-832-6739

Missaukee Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Lake City, MI 49651

616-839-4967

Monroe County , Register Of Deeds

106 E First
Monroe, MI 48161

734-243-7081

Montcalm Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888

517-831-7339

Montmorency Register , Of Deeds

P.O. Box 415
Atlanta, MI 49709

517-785-4794

Muskegon County , Register Of Deeds

990 Terrace St
Muskegon, MI 49442

616-724-6221

Newaygo County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 284
White Cloud, MI 49349

616-689-7235

Oakland County , Register Of Deeds Office

1200 N Telegraph Road
Pontiac, MI 48341

248-858-0568

Oceana County Clerk

P.O. Box 111
Hart, MI 49420

616-873-4328

Ogemaw County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 115
West Branch, MI 48661

517-345-0215

Ontonagon Register Of Deeds

725 Greenland
Ontonagon, MI 49953

906-884-4255

Osceola Register Of Deeds

301 W Upton Ave
Reed City, MI 49677

616-832-3261

Oscoda Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 399
Mio, MI 48647

517-826-1109

Ostego County , Register Of Deeds

225 W Main St Rm 108
Gaylord, MI 49735

517-732-6484

Ottawa County , Register Of Deeds

414 Washington St Rm 305
Grand Haven, MI 49417

616-846-8310

Presque Isle , Register Of Deeds

151 E Huron
Rogers City, MI 49779

517-734-3288

Roscommon County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 98
Roscommon, MI 48653

517-275-5923

Saginaw County , Register Of Deeds

111 S Michigan
Saginaw, MI 48602

517-790-5251

Sanilac County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 168
Sandusky, MI 48471

810-648-3212

Schoolcraft Register Of Deeds , 300 Walnut St

Room 164
Mannistique, MI 49854

906-341-3618

Shiawassee County , Register Of Deeds

208 N Shiawassee St
Corunna, MI 48817

517-743-2279

St Clair County , Register Of Deeds

201 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI 48060

810-985-2200

St Joseph County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 388
Centeville, MI 49032

616-467-5602

Tuscola County , Clerk Of Court

440 N State St
Caro, MI 48723

517-672-3780

Van Buren County , Register Of Deeds

212 Paw Paw St
Paw Paw, MI 49079

616-657-8218

Washtenaw County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

734-994-1638

Wayne County , Register Of Deeds

400 Monroe
Detroit, MI 48226

313-224-5540

Wexford County , Register Of Deeds

437 East Division
Cadillac, MI 49601

616-779-9450