Vital Records - Marriage License


ONLINE APPLICATION:

We are pleased to announce an online application for marriage. This form may be submitted online, saving you time in our office. Follow the prompts below and complete the form.  Be sure to "submit" and "confirm" the form when finished. 

To obtain your marriage license, at least one party must physically visit the Mason historical courthouse or Lansing Branch Office.The person appearing in the office must be an Ingham County resident and must present a valid Michigan Driver’s License or Michigan Identification Card and provide social security numbers for each party.

Please keep in mind that the marriage license will expire 33 days from when the “submit” button is pressed. If the marriage is not to take place within the next 33 days, please wait to submit your online marriage application.

On-Line Marriage Application

YOUR MARRIAGE CEREMONY MUST TAKE PLACE WITHIN 33 DAYS OF APPLICATION.

IF YOUR LICENSE EXPIRES, YOU WILL HAVE TO RE-APPLY.



WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU WHEN APPLYING FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE:


1. Picture identification IS required & must be presented at the time you apply showing your correct address. Only one party needs to be a resident of Ingham County. Both parties do not have to be present to apply. If only one person comes in to apply, they must be the Ingham County resident.
2. Birth dates, birth places (city and state), current address and social security numbers of each applying party.
3. Each parties parents’ full names, including mother’s maiden names and the state where each parent was born.

Marriage License Affidavit worksheet

You must obtain your license in the county where you reside. If one or both of you have an Ingham County address, you must apply at the Ingham County Clerk’s Office for your license. The fee is $20 and is required at the time you apply. You can use the license to be married anywhere in Michigan.


OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS:

Applicants coming from out-of-state must apply for their license in the county in Michigan where the marriage is taking place. The fee in Ingham County is $30 payable at the time you submit your signed/notarized affidavit. Out-of-state marriage affidavits may be mailed to our office once they have been signed by both the bride and groom before a notary public.

We ask that when you mail the affidavit, please include contact phone numbers for each of you, the wedding date, and your payment. This can be done on a separate piece of paper or a sticky note. We will not be able to process your request for the marriage license if there are any questions or problems and we are unable to contact you.

All out-of-state affidavits should be mailed to PO Box 179, Mason MI 48854. The Marriage Licenses must be picked up in person prior to the ceremony. We will not mail the marriage licenses. 

Out-of-State Marriage License Affidavit worksheet


**When you pick up your marriage license you will receive instructions as to how to process your license once you have been married. **



WAITING PERIOD:

Michigan has a three (3) day waiting period. The following is a list of the pick up schedule:

  IF YOU APPLY ON:
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURS., or FRI.
PICK UP:
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
FOLLOWING MONDAY

You may request to waive the three (3) day waiting period by completing a waiver form in the clerk's office. If the waiver is approved, an additional $25 fee is added to the license fee.   

Individuals applying for a marriage license are NOT required to receive blood testing or HIV counseling. However, the County Clerk is required to provide written educational materials regarding prenatal care and the transmission and prevention of venereal diseases and HIV infection.

 



MAIL OR FAX A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE INGHAM COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE FOR A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE -
APPLICATION

Information requested to complete request:  groom's name, bride's maiden name, date of marriage, mailing address, and phone number.

Our mailing address is: PO Box 179, Mason MI 48854. All mail requests are filled and mailed back out within five to seven business days from the date received in the Clerk's office.

**Please be advised that as of April 1, 2015, the cost for expedited mail service for vital record requests will be $25.00**


Contact Information

BARB BYRUM, County Clerk
inghamclerk@ingham.org


Mason Courthouse
341 S. Jefferson, PO Box 179
Mason MI 48854


Veterans Memorial Courthouse 
313 W. Kalamazoo, First Floor
Lansing MI 48933

Phone: (517) 676-7201
Fax: (517) 676-7254

Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *
Monday thru Friday

* The office may close for a short time during normal business hours due to occasional staff shortages.