Marriage Licenses

Marriage License Applications (PDF) accepted until 4 p.m. at:

Vital Records
200 N. Main Street
Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Phone: 734-222-6720

Requirements

  • One or both applicants must appear in-person to apply for the marriage license. If only one applicant is present, they must have all items listed above for both persons. Photocopies (front and back) of drivers license and birth certificate for applicant that is not present will be accepted.
  • Persons 18 years of age and older may contract marriage in Michigan without parents consent. Persons 16 and 17 must show a certified copy of their birth certificate. Written consent of one parent listed on the birth certificate, who must appear at the time of application, will be required. Valid identification of parent is required.
  • For purposes of marriage application, residency is determined by a current, valid drivers license or State issued identification card.
  • If one person is a Washtenaw County resident, you may apply in our office. The license is valid throughout the state.
  • If both persons are out-of-state residents, they must apply in the county where they are to be married. The license is valid in that county only.
  • The following is required of both persons at the time of application:
    • Valid Drivers license or State-issued identification (ID) showing a correct address.
    • Birth certificate (only certificates issued by a government office; not a hospital certificate).
    • Social Security Card (if card is not available, you must know the number). If an applicant does not have a Social Security Number they must appear in person.
  • Foreign born persons; in addition to State issued ID, or Drivers License (if available), must have one of the following:
    • Green card
    • Unexpired Employment Authorization Card
    • Naturalization Papers
    • Valid passport, U.S. or Foreign (with acceptable visa status, if applicable)
    • Canadian or Mexican born persons may use their birth certificates (if translated)
  • Inmates in the Michigan Department of Corrections system; see information here.
  • Premarital counseling or testing is no longer required.

Fees (per couple)

Michigan Resident(s)
$20
Out-of-State Residents
(Marriage must occur in Washtenaw County)
$30

Payments types accepted 

Cash, check, money order, debit, credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, only)

Information

  • The marriage license becomes valid on the 3rd day following application.
  • License is not available for pick up on weekends or legal holidays
  • The marriage ceremony must be performed within 33 days of application
  • A list of judges, magistrates and mayors who perform marriages in Washtenaw County is available upon request.
  • Additional information or documentation may be required before this office will complete the marriage license application.
  • If you have further questions please call 734-222-6720.
  • Certified copies should be available 7 to 10 business days after date of marriage.

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