Marriage License

Where to Apply & Where to Marry

If either of the couple are Michigan residents, they must apply with the county clerk where one or both have legal residence. Once the license is issued, Michigan residents can marry anywhere in the State. (MCL 551.101) Apply on-line and save time at: Monroe County License Portal website.

If neither of the couple lives in Michigan, they must apply with the county clerk where the marriage ceremony is to be performed. Once issued, the license can be used only in the issuing county. (MCL551.101)

In either case, a Michigan license is not valid outside the state of Michigan.

Requirements for Marriage Licenses

  • Both parties must have a driver's license or state ID.
  • Both parties must sign the affidavit and be present to apply for the license.
  • Both parties must be 16 years of age with the signed consent of their parents or 18 years of age without their parents consent. If either parent is divorced, they must bring proof that they have legal custody of that child before they can sign the consent form.
  • There is a three day waiting period after application. When applying online, the waiting period begins when the application is submitted.
  • Proof of age must be presented. Certified birth record required for anyone under the age of 25 (other government documents accepted). Driver's License acceptable for person over 25 years of age.
  • If both parties live outside the state of Michigan, the license must be used in Monroe County. If one or both of the parties live in Monroe County, the license will be valid in the entire State of Michigan.
  • Marriage licenses are $20 for Monroe County residents, and $30 for out of state residents. This fee is payable in cash or money order. No personal checks will be accepted.
  • Marriage must be solemnized within 30 days of the date of issue in the State of Michigan. (In Monroe County for out of state residents)
  • Social Security card and/or number is required to issue license.


  • The marriage license is available for pick up on the 3rd business day following the application.
  • License is not available for pick up on weekends and legal holidays.
  • In emergency situations, a $50 waiver fee, to waive the 3-day waiting period, is available.
  • The marriage must be solemnized within 33 days of application.
  • Clerks Office is located in the Monroe County Courthouse at:
    • 106 E First Street
      Monroe MI 48161
  • Persons 16 and 17 must show a certified copy of their birth certificate. Written consent of one parent or legal guardian, who must appear at the time of application, will be required. If parents are divorced, the parent must prove custodianship.
  • Additional information or documentation may be required before this office will complete the marriage license application.