Marriage Licenses

Marriage Applications May be Submitted by Virtual Appointment or In-Person

Washtenaw County Vital Records
200 N. Main Street
Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Phone: 734-222-6720


  • One or both applicants must appear in-person to apply for the marriage license. If only one applicant is present, they must have all items listed below for both persons. 
  • The following is required of both persons at the time of application (Photocopies or pictures on a cellphone are acceptable):
    • Unexpired driver’s license, state-issued identification card, or Washtenaw County ID Card showing a correct address,
    • Birth certificate (does not need to be a certified copy - only certificates issued by a government office are acceptable, not a hospital certificate),
    • and Social Security Card (if card is not available, you must know the number). If an applicant does not have a Social Security Number they must appear in person.
  • Persons 18 years of age and older may contract marriage in Michigan without parental consent. Both parties to the marriage must be 18 years of age or older.
  • For purposes of marriage application, residency is determined by a current, valid driver’s license, State-issued identification card, or Washtenaw County ID Card.
  • If one person is a Washtenaw County resident, you may apply in our office. The license is valid throughout the state.
  • If both persons are out-of-state residents, they must apply in the county where they are to be married. The license is valid in that county only.
  • Foreign-born persons, in addition to state-issued identification card, driver’s license, or Washtenaw County ID Card, must have one of the following:
    • Green card,
    • Unexpired Employment Authorization Card,
    • Naturalization Papers,
    • Valid passport, U.S. or Foreign (with acceptable visa status, if applicable),
    • or Canadian or Mexican born persons may use their birth certificates (if translated)
  • Inmates in the Michigan Department of Corrections system; see information here.
  • Premarital counseling or testing is no longer required.

Fees (per couple)

Michigan Resident(s)$20
Out-of-State Residents
(Marriage must occur in Washtenaw County)
Waiver of Three-Day Waiting Period$50

Payments types accepted 

Cash, check, money order, debit, credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, only)


  • The marriage license becomes valid on the 3rd day following application (MCL 551.103a):
    • Apply on Monday and the license is valid to use on Thursday.
    • Apply on Tuesday and the license is valid to use on Friday.
    • Apply on Wednesday and the license is valid to use on Saturday.
    • Apply on Thursday and the license is valid to use on Sunday.
    • Apply on Friday and the license is valid to use on Monday. 
  • The marriage ceremony must be performed within 33 days of application.
  • A list of judges, magistrates, and mayors who perform marriages in Washtenaw County is available upon request.
  • Additional information or documentation may be required before this office will complete the marriage license application.
  • If you have further questions please call (734) 222-6720.
  • Certified copies should be available 7 to 10 business days after date of marriage.