Marriage License Application
Livingston County, MichiganCounty ClerkMarriage License Application

Marriage License Application

Certified copies may be purchased via  Online Ordering or you may mail in a request

There are two instances when you will need to apply for your marriage license from the Livingston County Clerk.  Please use the appropriate guidelines below (in-county vs. out-of-state) for filing fee and document requirements. 

                  1) You or your fiancée live in Livingston County and plan on getting married in Michigan.                                                                                                                         PDF IconMarriage License in state requirements
                 2) You and your fiancée live out of state and plan on getting married in Livingston County.
                                                            PDF IconMarriage License out of state requirements
Please complete the Online Marriage Application and bring with you to our office along with your birth certificates, driver's licenses and social security cards AFTER the 3-day waiting period.  You will also pay the marriage license fee(s) when you pick up your license.

One of you must pick up the license in person in our office and bring valid documents for both of you, i.e. birth certificates, drivers' license and social security cards. 

A hospital birth certificate (usually has hand/foot prints) is not acceptable. For purposes of marriage application, residency is determined by a current, valid driver's license or State issued identification card. 
Birth certificates must be in English. For translators please see Michigan Department of State certified translators

Fees (per couple)

           Michigan Resident(s)                    $20
           Out-of-State Residents                 $30
           Waiver of 3-Day Waiting Period   $50 (this does not include expedited fee)

Pick Up / Waiting Period Information

Do not apply more than 33 days from the date of your wedding. Your marriage license is only valid for 30 days.  The marriage license becomes valid on the 3rd day following application (MCL 551.103a).  Both parties do not have to be present to pick up the marriage license, however, the person coming to the office must provide verification documents for each of you.

A Marriage License is not available for pick-up on weekends or holidays. (list of County Holidays)

Apply on Monday; pick up on or after 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Apply on Tuesday; pick up on or after 3 p.m. on Friday.

Apply on Wednesday; pick up on or after 3 p.m. on Monday.

Apply on Thursday; pick up on or after 3 p.m. on Monday.

Apply on Friday; pick up on or after 3 p.m. on Monday.

Steps to take after the ceremony

Original Marriage License MUST be returned, via in person or mail, within 10 days of the ceremony. You will then be able purchase certified copies via or in our office. $25 for the first copy and $10 for each additional.