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


Alger Register Of Deeds

101 Court St
Munising, MI 49862


Allegan County Recorder

113 Chestnut St
Allegan, MI 49010


Alpena Register Of Deeds

720 W Chisholm
Alpena, MI 49707


Antrim County Clerk

205 E Cayuga
Bellaire, MI 49615


Arenac County Clerk

P.O. Box 296
Standish, MI 48658


Baraga County Clerk

16 N 3rd St
L'Anse, MI 49946


Barry County , Register Of Deeds

220 W State St
Hastings, MI 49058


Bay County Clerk

515 Center Ave
Bay City, MI 48708


Benzie County , Register Of Deeds

448 Courtplace
Beulah, MI 49617


Berrien County , Register Of Deeds

811 Port St
St Joseph, MI 49085


Branch County , Register Of Deeds

31 Division St
Coldwater, MI 49032


Calhoun County Clerk

315 W Green St
Marshall, MI 49068


Cass County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 355
Cassopolis, MI 49031


Charlevoix County , Register Of Deeds

301 State St
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Cheboygan County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 70
Cheboygan, MI 49721


Chippewa County , Register Of Deeds

319 Court St
Sault Ste, MI 49783


Clare Register Of Deeds

225 W Main St
Harrison, MI 48625


Clinton County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 435
St Johns, MI 48879


Crawford Register Of Deeds

200 W Michigan St
Grayling, MI 49738


Delta Register Of Deeds

310 Ludington
Escanaba, MI 49829


Dickinson County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 609
Iron Mountain, MI 49801


Eaton County , Register Of Deeds

1045 Independence
Charlotte, MI 48813


Emmet Register Of Deeds

200 Division
Petoskey, MI 49770


Genesee County , Register Of Deeds

1101 Beach St
Flint, MI 48503


Gladwin Register Of Deeds

401 West Cedar St
Gladwin, MI 48624


Gogebic County , Register Of Deeds

200 N Moore St
Bessemer, MI 49911


Grand Traverse County , Register Of Deeds

400 Boardman St
Traverse City, MI 49684


Gratiot Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 5
Ithaca, MI 48847


Hillsdale Register Of Deeds

29 N Howell St
Hillsdale, MI 49242


Houghton County , Register Of Deeds

401 East Houghton Ave
Houghton, MI 49931


Huron Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 126
Bad Axe, MI 48413


Ingham County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 195
Mason, MI 48854


Ionia County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 35
Ionia, MI 48846


Iosco County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 367
Tawas City, MI 48764


Iron Register Of Deeds

2 South 6th St
Crystal Falls, MI 49920


Isabella County , Register Of Deeds

200 N Main St
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


Jackson County , Register Of Deeds

120 W Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201


Kalamazoo County , Register Of Deeds

201 W Kalamazoo Ave
Suite 102

Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Kalkaska County , Register Of Deeds

605 N Birch St
Kalkaska, MI 49646


Kent County , Register Of Deeds

300 Monroe Ave Nw
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Keweenaw Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Eagle River, MI 49924


Lake Register Of Deeds

P.O. Drawer B
Baldwin, MI 49304


Lapeer County , Registry Of Deeds

279 N Court St
Lapeer, MI 48446


Leelanau County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 595
Leland, MI 49654


Lenawee Register Of Deeds

301 N Main St
Adrian, MI 49221


Livingston County , Register Of Deeds

200 East Grand River
Howell, MI 48843


Luce Register Of Deeds

401 W Harrie St
Newberry, MI 49868


Mackinac Register Of Deeds

100 Marley St
St Ignace, MI 49781


Macomb County , Register Of Deeds

10 North Gratiot
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043


Manistee County , Register Of Deeds

415 3rd St
Manistee, MI 49660


Marquette County , Register Of Deeds

234 W Baraga Ave
Marquette, MI 49855


Mason Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 57
Ludington, MI 49431


Mecosta Register Of Deeds

400 Elm St
Big Rapids, MI 49307


Menominee Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Menominee, MI 49858


Midland County , Register Of Deeds

301 W Main St
Midland, MI 48840


Missaukee Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Lake City, MI 49651


Monroe County , Register Of Deeds

106 E First
Monroe, MI 48161


Montcalm Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888


Montmorency Register , Of Deeds

P.O. Box 415
Atlanta, MI 49709


Muskegon County , Register Of Deeds

990 Terrace St
Muskegon, MI 49442


Newaygo County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 284
White Cloud, MI 49349


Oakland County , Register Of Deeds Office

1200 N Telegraph Road
Pontiac, MI 48341


Oceana County Clerk

P.O. Box 111
Hart, MI 49420


Ogemaw County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 115
West Branch, MI 48661


Ontonagon Register Of Deeds

725 Greenland
Ontonagon, MI 49953


Osceola Register Of Deeds

301 W Upton Ave
Reed City, MI 49677


Oscoda Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 399
Mio, MI 48647


Ostego County , Register Of Deeds

225 W Main St Rm 108
Gaylord, MI 49735


Ottawa County , Register Of Deeds

414 Washington St Rm 305
Grand Haven, MI 49417


Presque Isle , Register Of Deeds

151 E Huron
Rogers City, MI 49779


Roscommon County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 98
Roscommon, MI 48653


Saginaw County , Register Of Deeds

111 S Michigan
Saginaw, MI 48602


Sanilac County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 168
Sandusky, MI 48471


Schoolcraft Register Of Deeds , 300 Walnut St

Room 164
Mannistique, MI 49854


Shiawassee County , Register Of Deeds

208 N Shiawassee St
Corunna, MI 48817


St Clair County , Register Of Deeds

201 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI 48060


St Joseph County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 388
Centeville, MI 49032


Tuscola County , Clerk Of Court

440 N State St
Caro, MI 48723


Van Buren County , Register Of Deeds

212 Paw Paw St
Paw Paw, MI 49079


Washtenaw County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107


Wayne County , Register Of Deeds

400 Monroe
Detroit, MI 48226


Wexford County , Register Of Deeds

437 East Division
Cadillac, MI 49601