How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Michigan?
Often after a divorce, you find yourself needing a copy of the divorce certificate for insurance, business or legal purposes. This document can verify your name change, marital status, and identity and you can obtain one pretty quickly by following the process below.
Michigan’s Vital Records office is the department that handles all divorce records and requests for copies. They have been collecting and compiling divorce records since 1897. They offer three ways to obtain a record, through the online system paying by credit card, through the mail or in person.
You can visit the office in person at:
Vital Records Office is located at: 333 S Grand Avenue, 1st Floor, Lansing MI 48933 (corner of Grand Avenue & Kalamazoo Street)
Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Orders must be in by 3 p.m. to receive same-day service.
If you want to order by mail, realize that that processing takes between 4-5 weeks and expedited processing 2-3 weeks. You can download the application here and then mail it to:
Vital Records Requests
PO Box 30721
Lansing MI 48909
If you want expedited service, write “RUSH” on the envelope next to the name of the vital records office.
You will need the following information to fill out the form:
- Your name, address, and phone number.
- Your signature.
- The date of the divorce.
- Full names of both parties (including maiden names).
- County where the divorce was granted.
- Payment of fees.
The standard fee for a copy of your divorce certificate $34 and another $16 for each additional copy. If you want additional years searched then it is another $12 per year. Also if you want expedited service (even for walk-ins), you will pay another $12. For same day service, you can pay with cash, money order or credit card. A personal check may be used for mail orders only.
You may also use a service like VitalChek to obtain a copy of your divorce certificate. They offer expedited service options as well.