>> CLICK HERE to play the video "How to Apply for a Macomb County Marriage License"
CLICK HERE to apply for a Macomb County marriage license using the Online Marriage Application system.
After using the Online Marriage Application system, you will come to the Macomb County Clerk's office, located in the Court Building, 40 North Main Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043. The clerk will print your application form, you will sign it, and the clerk will notarize your signature. You must bring your driver’s license or state photo identification card. Only the bride or groom needs to attend (both are welcome to do so), but the person who comes must be a Macomb County resident. There is no charge for the notarization service. CLICK HERE for our current office hours and directions
Please Note: 16 and 17-year-old applicants are required to present a certified birth certificate, and the minor must be accompanied by a custodial parent or guardian who must sign a consent form. The custodial parent, guardian, and minor must present picture identification.
Apply In Person
When applying in person, Macomb County residents must show proper photo identification (driver's license with a Macomb County address). Birth certificates are helpful but not required; however, 16 and 17-year-old applicants are required to present a certified birth certificate, and the minor must be accompanied by a custodial parent or guardian who must sign a consent form. The custodial parent, guardian, and minor must present picture identification. CLICK HERE for directions to the Macomb County Clerk's Office.
If applicants live in two different Michigan counties, the applicant must apply in the county where he or she lives. We will need to see a valid driver's license or state ID to verify the applicant is a Macomb County resident.
If one person lives in Michigan and one out of state, apply at the office of the County Clerk of the Michigan resident. When both applicants live out of state, application must be made in the county in which the marriage will take place.
Although you will leave the County Clerk's office with your marriage license, applicants must wait three days from the day of application before the marriage license is valid. This waiting period does not include the application day. In order to waive the three-day waiting period a $10 waiver fee is required in addition to the $20 marriage license fee. The license is valid anywhere in the state for thirty-three (33) days from the date of application.
Where to Get Married?
Even though you apply for your marriage license in the county you live in, you can get married any place in Michigan.
To perform marriage ceremonies a person should be an ordained minister, magistrate (a civil officer with power to administer and enforce law -- Justice of the Peace), mayor of a Michigan city or a judge. Please note that Macomb County no longer has a "Justice of the Peace."
>> CLICK HERE for a list of local District Courts
>> CLICK HERE for the related Michigan State Statute
>> CLICK HERE for State Licensing Requirements