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.
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
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.
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.
MASS WEDDING CEREMONIES ARE OFFERED ON FRIDAYS ONLY AT 3 PM
PLEASE NOTE THAT COUPLES MUST ARRIVE AT OUR OFFICE BEFORE 2 PM IN ORDER TO TAKE PART IN MASS CEREMONIES ON FRIDAYS, ONLY.
Marriage Licence Application (click here)