Where to ApplyPlease 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 required documents. You can apply at the Wayne County Clerk's Downtown Detroit or Westland Office locations.
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.
- 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.
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
Marriage Application 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.
Completing the ApplicationWayne County Marriage License Application
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 lines. P.O. Boxes will not be accepted as an address.
After your marriage is performed, the Wayne County Clerk's Office must receive the 2nd and 3rd copies WITHIN TEN DAYS. The copies may be mailed to our Downtown Detroit Office, or personally returned to our Satellite Office in Westland.
There is a three-day waiting period after applying 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 THREE (3) WORKING DAYS FROM YOUR WEDDING DATE. The license is valid only in the State of Michigan (and in any county throughout the state).
YOU MAY APPLY FOR A WAIVER OF THE THREE (3) DAY WAITING PERIOD FOR A FEE OF $10.00.
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.
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 or register by 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.
To Obtain a Certified Copy of a Marriage License
Certified copies of marriage licenses may be obtained online, 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.
Our Satellite Office in Westland processes in-person Marriage Certificate requests. NO MARRIAGE CEREMONIES are performed at the Westland Satellite Office . The Satellite Office only has 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 PM 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.
Changing Names After Marriage
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.
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.**