Marriage License Information
The age for getting married is 18 without parental consent and 16 with parental consent. Parent must appear with their identification with 16 or 17 year old applicants. Custodial Parents must appear and bring proof of custody.
NOTE: THE REQUIREMENT FOR PREMARITAL COUNSELING FOR INDIVIDUALS APPLYING FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.
Applicants will be provided with written educational material by the Wayne County Clerk regarding prenatal care and the transmission and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Where to Apply
It is necessary to obtain a marriage license from the County Clerk of the county in which either applicant resides. Only Wayne County residents can apply here. 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. You may apply at the main office or at one of our satellite offices.
You must pay in cash or credit card when you apply. The fee is $20.00 if one or both is a Wayne County Resident or $30.00 if both parties are out of state residents. We do not accept personal checks.
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.
YOU MAY APPLY FOR A WAIVER OF THE THREE DAY WAITING PERIOD FOR A FEE OF $10.00
HOWEVER, YOU MUST APPLY AT THE DOWNTOWN DETROIT OFFICE TO RECEIVE YOUR LICENSE AT THE SAME TIME YOU APPLY, THE SATELLITE OFFICES WOULD MAKE THEM AVAILABLE THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY FOR THAT OFFICE AFTER 12 NOON.
To Obtain a Copy of a Marriage License
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. One certified copy of a marriage license if $22.00 and $7.00 for each additional copy purchased at the same time. Marriage License search for an uncertified copy is $11.50 for years 1937 to present, before 1937- $11.50 for each 3 year interval. Personal Checks are not accepted. Click here for the Marriage Certificate Order form.
Every person must present a valid drivers license or valid State Identification as proof of residency.
Every person must present a CERTIFIED COPY [with seal] of their birth certificate registration with parental information. Hospital certificates and baptismal certificates will not be accepted.
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-94card attached to your passport. For person 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.
MINORS MUST HAVE DOCUMENTATION THAT INCLUDES PARENTS NAMES.
The Wayne County Clerk’s Office performs marriage ceremonies. We offer mass ceremonies available for $100.00 and Private Ceremonies available for $150.00. For further information, or to reserve a time, please call (313) 224-5515.
For futher information on our Private Wedding Cermonies, click here.
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