How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Michigan?
The Great Lakes state of Michigan with 11,1000 inland lakes is the place for trout fishing! Michigan’s largest city of Detroit is the birthplace of the automobile industry and Motown Records. Michigan offers a lot of fascinating American history making it an excellent location for weddings.
Rules and Regulations
Before queuing up that Motown music for your wedding reception, be sure to review the rules and regulations you need to comply with before marrying there.
- You must be 18 years or older to be married in Michigan.
- If you are 16-17, you can get married with parental consent.
- Maryland requires two witnesses (18 or older) to be present at your wedding.
- If one of you is a resident, then you must visit the County Clerk's office in the city where you reside. If both parties are residents, then you can apply in any town/city. If both of you are out-of-state residents, then you need to apply in the town/city where you will be married. Call ahead some offices require an appointment.
- If you have been married before, you will need to provide the date of dissolution of the marriage.
- Cousin marriage is not allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
To apply for a marriage license in the state of Michigan, both of you must appear in person, together at the County Clerk’s office. You must bring with you the following paperwork:
- $20 fee for Michigan residents and $30 fee for out-of-state applicants.
- A current, valid ID such as driver’s license, passport, or certified copy of your birth certificate.
- Both parties social security numbers.
- If previously married, date of divorce or death.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 3-day waiting period for getting married in Maryland after you receive your marriage license. The license is only good for 30 days to be sure to plan accordingly.
Who Can Officiate
Only a minister of the gospel who is ordained by and registered to preach at a church in the state, and continues to preach the gospel is authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of Michigan. The minister must complete the marriage certificate and return it to the county where it was obtained, within ten days of the marriage ceremony.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal. Your minister will fill out the marriage certificate and file the state portion and provide you with your copy.