How to Get Married in Michigan

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Michigan!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Michigan!

How to Get Married in Michigan

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: To apply for a marriage license in Michigan, you must be 18 years of age and of the opposite gender. There is a 3 day waiting period. The county clerk can waive the 3 day waiting period for "good and sufficient cause shown." For the purpose of marriage application, residency is determined by a current valid driver's license or state I.D.:

  • If you are a Michigan resident, you must apply in the county where you live. If both parties are Michigan residents, you may apply in either county.
  • If both parties are out-of-state residents, you must apply in the county where you are going to be married.

3.  The following is required of both parties:

  • Valid driver's license or state ID showing current address.
  • Birth certificate or valid passport. If passport is used instead of birth certificate, full names of both parents and the state or country where they were born must be provided at time of application.
  • Social Security numbers of both parties.

Under 18: Persons 16 and 17 years of age must show a certified copy of their birth certificate and have written consent of one parent or legal guardian, who must appear at the time of application with picture identification.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Marriage license fees are $20.00 for Michigan residents; $30.00 for out-of-state residents.

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. 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.

Valid: Your marriage license will expire 33 days from the date of application and if you are a Michigan resident, you must apply in the county where you live. If both parties are Michigan residents, the license is valid throughout the state. If both parties are out-of-state residents, the license is valid in that county only.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in Michigan.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

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

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.

Click here to apply online for your Michigan marriage license.

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