Marriage Licenses

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HOW TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE

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Following is information concerning application for a Marriage License.

Requirements

Both applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants ages 16 or 17 years of age must appear with their certified birth certificate and their parent or legal guardian (with Order of Guardianship or Custody and photo identification) to complete a consent form.

You may apply for your license between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays at the County Clerk’s office, located in the Michael E Kobza Hall of Justice at 990 Terrace Street, 1st floor. The following is required of both parties at the time of application:

  • Proof of age such as:
    • Certified birth certificate as we need full names of all parents, including maiden names and birthplace of parents OR
    • Driver’s license or State identification card OR
    • Passport OR
    • Military Identification Card
  • Social Security Number

Ceremony

A wedding ceremony must take place.  Prior to applying for your license, please schedule your ceremony with someone ordained to perform marriages, or you may schedule with the District Court Magistrate at 231-724-6329, or with the County Clerk at 231-724-6221 x0.

Payments

In state residents pay a fee of $20 to be paid when you apply for the license. Out-of-state residents pay a fee of $30 at the time of application.

Waiting Period

There is a three day waiting period so you must apply at least three days before your wedding date. For example, apply on Monday, the license will be valid on Thursday. The license is valid for 30 days.

Present Applicants

Both applicants do not need to be present at the time of application. The one who is present must be a resident of Muskegon County and must have all the information needed for both parties along with all of the necessary papers. 

Photocopies

Photocopies will not be accepted.

Helpful Resources

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