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?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and 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