Marriage License Information

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Age Requirements | Where To Apply | Application Fee | Waiting Period
Obtain a Copy of a Marriage License | Required Documentation | Marriage Ceremonies

 

Download the Marriage License Application Packet

 

Where to Apply

Please note that a person obtains a Michigan marriage license from the County Clerk of the COUNTY IN WHICH THE APPLICANT RESIDES. Please note that the Wayne County resident MUST BE PRESENT WHEN APPLYING.

If BOTH parties are non-residents of Michigan, the applicants must apply in the county in which the marriage is to be performed. At least one of the parties must appear in person to apply with a required documents. You may apply at the main office or at one of our satellite offices.

Required Documentation

Those present must provide a valid driver's license or state identification to show proof of residency.
Every person must also present a CERTIFIED COPY [with seal] of their birth certificate or registration WITH PARENTAL INFORMATION. Hospital certificates and/or baptismal certificates will not be accepted. If only one person is applying they must show their I. D. along with their birth certificate or passport and their spouses birth certificate or passport.

NOTE: ALL FOREIGN BIRTH CERTIFICATES MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY A CERTIFIED TRANSLATOR. A NOTARY OTHER THAN THE TRANSLATOR MUST NOTARIZE THE TRANSLATOR'S SIGNATURE.

If you do not have a certified birth certificate, the following documentation will be accepted:

Valid U.S. Passport, signed by holder.
Letter of NO RECORD from the state of birth, along with NUMIDENT from Social Security.

FOREIGN BORN (All Documents MUST be originals)

Valid Passport, in English or with certified and notarized English translation. Passport must have full date of birth (day, month, and year)
Certified birth certificate, in English or with certified and notarized English translation. Certificate must contain full date of birth (day, month, and year)
Valid I-94 card attached to your passport. For individuals with refugee status, you must have the letter from your spouse that brought you into the U.S.
Valid Resident Alien Card / Valid Green Card
Valid Work Authorization Card
U.S. Naturalization Papers or Valid U.S. Passport, signed by holder
Canadian citizens ONLY may use card-sized birth certificates

Age Requirements

The age for getting married is 18 WITHOUT parental consent and 16 WITH parental consent. Parents must appear with their own identification when accompanying 16 or 17-year-old applicants. Custodial parents must appear IN PERSON and bring their proof of custody with them.

NOTE: THE REQUIREMENT FOR PREMARITAL COUNSELING FOR INDIVIDUALS APPLYING FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.

Applicants will be provided with written educational materials by the Wayne County Clerk regarding prenatal care and the transmission (and prevention) of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Application Fee

You must pay in cash or credit card when you apply. However, the NORTHVILLE SATELLITE OFFICE ONLY ACCEPTS CASH. The fee is $20.00 if one or both applicants is a Wayne County resident or $30.00 if both parties are out-of-state residents. We do not accept personal checks.

 

Waiting Period

There is a three-day waiting period after the application before the license may be issued and used. A marriage license is void unless the marriage is solemnized within 33 days from the date of application.

DO NOT APPLY MORE THAN 33 DAYS NOR LESS THAN 3 WORKING DAYS FROM YOUR WEDDING DATE. The license is valid only in the State of Michigan (and in any county throughout the state).

Please Note: Westland Satellite Office only processes Same Day Marriage Licenses until 2 PM. 

YOU MAY APPLY FOR A WAIVER OF THE THREE DAY WAITING PERIOD FOR A FEE OF $10.00.

To Obtain a Certified Copy of a Marriage License

Certified copies of marriage licenses may be obtained online - click here, in person, or by writing to the Wayne County Clerk, Marriage Certification Dept., 201 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit, MI 48226. In addition, individuals can obtain "Rushed Delivery" certified copies of marriage licenses via VitalChek click here.                                                 
 
Our two Satellite Offices in Westland and Northville Twp process in-person Marriage certificate requests. NO MARRIAGE CEREMONIES are performed at Northville or Westland Satellite Offices . The Satellite Offices only have same day certificate service for a Marriage that took place from 1996 to the present. An order for a Marriage that took place before 1996 at our Westland Satellite Office can be picked up the following business day after 1:00pm or mailed. An order for a Marriage that took place before 1997 at our Northville Twp Satellite Office can either be picked up the following Thursday or mailed. Our main office in Downtown Detroit, located on 2 Woodward Ave, has same day certificate service for all years of Marriage Licenses issued by Wayne County.

One certified copy of a marriage license is $24.00 and $7.00 for each additional copy purchased at the same time. A Marriage License search for an uncertified copy is $11.50 for years 1937 to present, whether found or not, and $11.50 for before 1937 and for each 3 year interval, whether found or not. Personal checks are not accepted. Please click here for the Marriage Certificate Order Form.
 

Marriage Ceremonies

The Wayne County Clerk's Office performs PRIVATE, small, civil marriage ceremonies, where our office PROVIDES YOUR WITNESSES. Please note that:
  • You are allowed to bring a MAXIMUM of 6 (six) guests with you for a PRIVATE civil ceremony.
  • The fee for a PRIVATE civil ceremony is $150.00 (includes our witnesses).
  • These ceremonies are ONLY performed at our Downtown Detroit Office.
  • If you call ahead and make an appointment, please have your ENTIRE PARTY PRESENT at your designated time, or you will have to wait until another opening is available.
  • To make an appointment, please call (313) 224-4680.
  • Walk-in PRIVATE civil ceremonies are offered Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please DO NOT arrive ANY LATER THAN 2:15 PM if you would like to participate in a walk-in PRIVATE civil ceremony.
The Wayne County Clerk's Office also performs MASS, civil marriage ceremonies (i.e. multiple couples at once) ON FRIDAYS ONLY at 3 PM, where our office PROVIDES YOUR WITNESSES. Please note that:
  • You are allowed to bring a MAXIMUM of 4 (four) guests with you for a MASS civil ceremony.
  • The fee for a MASS civil ceremony is $100.00 (includes our witnesses).
  • These ceremonies are ONLY performed at our Downtown Detroit Office.
  • You must arrive NO LATER THAN 1 PM on Friday to participate in a MASS civil ceremony.
  • Your ENTIRE PARTY must be PRESENT by 1 PM in order to get married during a MASS civil ceremony.
  • Please call (313) 224-4680 with any further questions.
Marriage Licence Application (click here)
Cathy M. Garrett
Wayne County Clerk
(313) 224-6262

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