Marriage License Guidelines
Livingston County, MichiganCounty ClerkMarriage License Guidelines

Marriage License Guidelines

Marriage License applications are available through the Livingston County Clerk's Office.  You must apply in person at the County Clerk's office.
The Marriage Information Sheet includes all information necessary to complete the application.

The following is required:

You must be 18 years of age to apply for a marriage application in Michigan.  Persons 16 and 17 years of age must show a certified copy of their birth certificate and have written consent of one parent or legal guardian, who must appear at the time of application with picture identification.


For the purpose of marriage application, residency is determined by a current valid driver's license or state I.D.:

  • If you are a Michigan resident, you must apply in the county where you live.  If both parties are Michigan residents, you may apply in either county.  The license is valid throughout the state.
  • If both parties are out-of-state residents, you must apply in the county where you are going to be married. The license is valid in that county only.

The following is required of both parties:

  • Valid driver's license or state ID showing current address.
  • Birth certificate (Passports are NOT acceptable substitutes. Birth certificates in a foreign language must be translated into English with a notarized signature.)
  • Social Security card to verify numbers of both parties pursuant to MCL 551.102.  If no Social Security card is available, an official document containing the applicant's full name and complete Social Security number will be accepted.  (Examples include a W2 form or tax document).
Fee per couple: $20.00 for Michigan residents; $30.00 for out-of-state residents.
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  • Your marriage license will expire 33 days from the date of application.  Do not apply if your ceremony will be held more than 34 days from today.

Pick-up/Waiting Period Information

Once you apply in person  and have met the above requirements, the marriage license becomes valid on the third day following application. It must be picked up at our office as follows:
Pick up - on or After:
License is not available for pick-up on weekends or holidays. 

Please Note:  One or both parties must appear at our office to apply for the marriage license, you must pick up the license in person.  If only one applicant is present, you must have all items listed above for both parties (a photo copy, front and back, of your fiancé's driver's license or state ID will be accepted). 

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