**APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW REQUIRED. SEE BOTTOM OF MAIN COUNTY CLERK PAGE.**
We are open to the public by appointment only as follows:
Monday through Thursday from 10:00-1:00 and 2:00-4:00 for marriage licenses and new CPL Licenses and until 4:30 for all other services.
Friday from 10:00-11:00 and 12:00-3:00 p.m. for all services.
For CPL renewals, please follow the instructions on how to renew your CPL license under our Concealed Pistol License tab.
1. YOU MUST FIRST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. Due to limited space inside the offices, it will be necessary for you to have all of your requests/applications completed before you are allowed inside the office, including having your identification documents and payment ready.
Both applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants who are 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.
One or both applicants must be a resident of Muskegon County. If both of you are a resident of another Michigan county, then you must apply in the county in which you live. If both of you reside out of state, you may apply as an out-of-state applicant.
YOU CANNOT APPLY MORE THAN 33 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING DATE.
This includes a three day waiting period which starts
when the application is notarized in our office.
Please complete the online Affidavit For License to Marry as a public user. The male’s information must be entered first and then the female’s. Make note of the online marriage number at the conclusion of your application to bring with you when picking up the license. The Courthouse is fully open to the public, if you do not have access to the internet, you may use the public computers located on the 6th floor of the Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You will need the full names of each parties’ parents and their birthplace, plus social security numbers for both parties who are applying for the marriage license. THE THREE DAY WAITING PERIOD STARTS WHEN THE APPLICATION IS NOTARIZED IN OUR OFFICE - NOT WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE AFFIDAVIT.
Picking Up Your License:
YOU MUST FIRST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT (please see bottom of main County Clerk's page). After you finish the online Affidavit for License to Marry, bring the online marriage number provided to our office. Only one applicant is necessary to be present when picking up the marriage license, however, the one who is present must have picture ID, be a resident of Muskegon County and must have the original picture ID or other proof of age of the person not present. Acceptable forms of proof of age and/or residency are: Certified birth certificate, Driver’s License or State Identification, Passport, or Military Identification. THE THREE DAY WAITING PERIOD STARTS WHEN THE APPLICAITON IS NOTARIZED IN OUR OFFICE .
There is a three day waiting period so you must apply for and pick up your license 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. NOTE: After applying, you will leave with your marriage license which will be valid three days from when you picked it up.
The three day waiting period starts when the application is notarized in our office.
The fee is $20.00 for Muskegon County residents and $30.00 for out of state residents, and is due when you come in to the Clerk’s office.
The County Clerk’s office will accept payments in the form of:
- check or money order made payable to Muskegon County Clerk, include your phone number and Driver’s License or State ID number;
- credit or debit card. Please note an additional service charge is applied to credit or debit card payments by the third party processor.
- Review an excerpt of certain Michigan Marriage Laws (PDF).
- Social Security Administration (if you are changing your name) https://socialsecurityofficenear.me/in/michigan/muskegon/