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.
2) You and your fiancée live out of state and plan on getting married in Livingston County
One of you must apply 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 the original paid receipt or their state issued I.D.
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 livgov.com. or in our office. $25 for the first copy and $10 for each additional.