No, only one individual needs to be present; the individual picking up the license, however, MUST be a Wayne County resident and present proper I.D.
Please note that when you are picking up your license, you must have your receipt.
Each individual must have a CERTIFIED COPY of their birth certificate. If you do not have a birth certificate, a PASSPORT is acceptable.
- Please see Acceptable Documentation for further information.
- ALL foreign birth certificates MUST be translated into ENGLISH by a CERTIFIED TRANSLATOR in order to be accepted. A NOTARY OTHER THAN THE TRANLATOR must notarize the translator's signature.
- Birth Registrations, Hospital Certificates, and Baptismal Certificates ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Yes, both individuals are required to include their Social Security Numbers on their application; if you DO NOT have a Social Security number, you must inform the Wayne County Clerk's Office when applying.
You can pay with cash or a credit card when you apply. The fee is $20.00 if one or both individual(s) is a Wayne County resident, or $30.00 if both individuals are out-of-state residents.
Please note that WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS
There is a THREE-DAY WAITING PERIOD after the application has been filed. A marriage license is rendered VOID if it is not used (i.e. SOLEMNIZED) within 33 days of the date on the application.
- DO NOT APPLY MORE THAN 33 DAYS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DATE.
- In order to WAIVE the THREE-DAY WAITING PERIOD, you must fill out a waiver and pay an ADDITIONAL $10.00. Once this process is completed, you will receive your marriage license ON THE SAME DAY YOU APPLY.
- The license is ONLY VALID in the STATE OF MICHIGAN.
You must be at least 18 years of age in order to get married in the State of Michigan WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT and at least 16 years of age WITH PARENTAL CONSENT. Parents must appear IN PERSON with proper I.D. in order to legally represent both 16 and 17-year-old applicants. CUSTODIAL PARENTS must ALSO APPEAR IN PERSON WITH PROOF OF CUSTODY and PROPER I.D.
No. The requirement for premarital counseling for individuals applying for a marriage license has been eliminated. However, applicants WILL be provided with written educational material regarding the transmission (and prevention) of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
UPDATE 1/20/22IN-PERSON MARRIAGE CEREMONIES AT THE WAYNE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY DUE TO COVID-19 & REQUIRED OFFICE PREPARATION TO ADHERE TO CDC SOCIAL DISTANCING STANDARDS.
Print or type the information on all three copies IN BLACK INK ONLY!A SPOUSE WHO INTENDS TO CHANGE THEIR NAME AFTER MARRIAGE MUST SIGN & PRINT ALL THREE DOCUMENTS WITH THE NAME THEY WILL BE USING AFTER THE WEDDING.
The officiant must enter the name of the city, village, or township, and the name of the county in which the marriage is being performed. The officiant will also document the date of the marriage on the licenses.
The officiant will sign on his/her signature line, as well as type or print his/her name, title and complete address on the designated line.
After your marriage is performed, the Wayne County Clerk's Office must receive the 1st and 3rd copy WITHIN TEN DAYS. The copies may be mailed to our Downtown Detroit Office, or personally returned TO ANY ONE OF OUR SATELLITE OFFICES.
You must first obtain a CERTIFIED COPY of your marriage license.
Upon mailing your completed marriage licenses to the Wayne County Clerk's Office, wait approximately TEN DAYS to return and purchase a certified copy at any one of our locations. If you personally deliver your completed licenses to any one of our locations, you can purchase a certified copy THAT SAME DAY.
There is a $24.00 fee for the first certified copy, and $7.00 for each additional copy.Marriage Certificate Order Form "Rushed Delivery" Marriage Certificate Order Form
Next, you will take the purchased certified copy of your marriage license to your local Social Security Office and complete the necessary form(s). Subsequently, a new card with your changed name, but same number, will be mailed to you. From there, you will go to your local Secretary of State Office to update your other documents (i.e. driver's license, voter registration card, etc.).
**The Social Security Office will not keep your marriage license. If you cannot visit your local office, call 1-800-772-1213 to make arrangements to process by mail. In person or by mail, this service is FREE.**