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Marriage License Fees:
$20.00 – Residents
$30.00 – Non-residents
Bay County Clerk
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / M – F
(except for Court Approved Holidays)
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Marriage License applications are available through the Bay Clerk’s Office.
Do not apply if your ceremony will be held more than 34 days from today.
In order to get married in the State of Michigan, couples must apply in person and present current valid driver’s license or state I.D. to obtain a marriage license application.
You must be 18 years of age and the opposite gender to apply for a marriage application in Michigan.
The marriage license fee is $20.00 for residents of Michigan. $30 for non-residents.
There is a three-day waiting period after the application before the license may be issued and used.
Be sure to contact your local Bay Clerk’s office well in advance of the wedding for additional information or questions about applying for a marriage license application.
ID Requirement in Michigan:
The following is required of both parties:
Valid driver’s license or state ID showing current address.
Birth certificate or valid passport. If passport is used instead of birth certificate, full names of both parents and the state or country where they were born must be provided at time of application.
Social Security numbers of both parties pursuant to MCL 551.102.
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.
Waiting Period in Michigan:
There is a three (3) day waiting period in Michigan. The waiting period does not include the application day.
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*Online applications only (if applicable). License is not available for pick-up on weekends or holidays.
It is important that you verify all information with the Bay Clerk’s office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.
If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse’s death must be provided.
Marriage License Fee Michigan:
The marriage license fee is $20 for residents of Michigan. $30 for non-residents. Preferred method of payment is cash. For guidance on additional methods of payment, please call ahead.
Blood test in Michigan:
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can get married with parental consent. Your parents must appear with their own identification and if a custodial parent, proof of their custody. If you are 15 or younger, you will need both parental consent and the approval of the probate court.
No. However, only one of you need to be present and have all required documentation when applying for a marriage license. You will need to show a a photo copy, front and back, of your fiancé’s driver’s license or state ID.
Common Law Marriages:
No, unless entered into the relationship prior to January 1, 1957.
License Validity Time:
Marriage licenses are valid for 33 days from the date of issuance.
You must get married within thirty days.
A minister of the gospel who is ordained or authorized by his or her church to perform marriages and who is a pastor of a church in this state, or continues to preach the gospel in this state may perform marriages. Ministers must complete a marriage certificate and give one to the couple. Another marriage certificate must be returned to the county clerk who issued the license within 10 days after the marriage.
3423 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48909
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Additional information can be found on the Bay County Michigan website.