Online Application Process
At least one of the applicants must come in person to pick up the license and provide for both applicants proof of age, identity and residence (at least one in Eaton County.)
For any applicant not present a copy of their BIRTH CERTIFICATE and DRIVER’S LICENSE along with their SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER must be provided.
Information required to complete the application:
- full name, age, date of birth and registered residence of applicants
- proof of identity (in the form of a driver’s license, passport, military ID or state ID)
- proof of age (in the form of a birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, military ID or state ID)
- proof of residence (in the form of driver’s license, or current bill addressed to applicant)
Michigan residents must apply in the county of their current address
- the city and state you were born
- applicants’ social security number
- If an applicant does not have a social security number please contact our office for further instructions: 517-543-2478
- the full and correct spelling of your parents’ names, mothers’ maiden name
- the State your parents were born
- If outside of the US, provide City, State (or equivalent) and Country
Click here to go to the online application
- Submit application online
- The license is valid to be used for 33 days, beginning on and including the date you submit your application, so be sure your marriage date will fall within that timeframe otherwise you will have to re-apply.
- You will receive a confirmation on screen that your application has been submitted. If not, please contact our office at 517-543-2478 to verify we received your application
- Online payment option, additional fees apply
Or pay in-person when picking up
- Wait at least 3 calendar days after the application date
(You do not have to pick it up exactly when the third day is up, that is just the minimum, but you MUST give the license to the wedding officiant prior to your ceremony.)
- Come to Clerk’s Office and provide proof of identity and residence and social security number for both applicants
- Charlotte office hours for marriages applications: M-F 8 AM to 4:30 PM
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- Please allow for up to 30 minutes spent in our office when picking up the license
- For any applicant not present a copy of their BIRTH CERTIFICATE and DRIVER’S LICENSE along with their SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER must be provided, and it is helpful to have all documents for both.
We go by the address shown on your picture I.D., so if you have a change of address on the back be sure show us or copy both front and back. If your address on your ID is not up-to-date please bring a current bill addressed to you at your current address.
If an applicant does not have a social security number please contact our office for further instructions: 543-2478
- Affidavit is printed and proofed by applicant(s) for errors
- Applicant(s) signs affirming they are complying with Michigan marriage laws and application is true and correct
- $20 fee is due (if not previously paid online)
- we accept cash, check, credit or debit (there is a $2.50 fee with cards)
- License is printed
NOTE: While there is no blood test or HIV/AIDS classes required when applying for marriage licenses, we are required by State law to provide an educational pamphlet when you apply.
- It is important your personal information (spelling, dates of birth, parents information, etc.) on the marriage license is correct. Please thoroughly proof your license before you leave our office.
- If you find an error after you are married and the license has been filed with the State of Michigan Vital Stats office it will require a court order by the Circuit Court to correct; that fee is $150.00.
- The license is valid to be used for 33 days (starting on date of the application)
- There is a 3 day waiting period before the license can be picked up
- This waiting period can be waived with valid reason and for a fee of $15
- A valid reason such as the set wedding date does not allow enough time for the waiting period, and proof of this would need to be provided, such as a wedding venue rental agreement.
- The license is valid statewide, you can be married anywhere in Michigan once the affidavit has been completed and the waiting period has been fulfilled or waived and the marriage license has been delivered to the officiant and on hand for the ceremony.
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