Marriage License Application

Certified Copies
Looking for a copy of an existing marriage license? Order Online or visit the Marriage Records page for more information.


There are two instances when you need to apply for your marriage license from the Livingston County Clerk. Please use the appropriate guidelines below (in-county vs. out-of-state) for filing fee and document requirements.

In-State Applicants

You or your fiancée live in Livingston County and plan on getting married in Michigan.

Out-Of-State Applicants

You and your fiancée live out of state and plan on getting married in Livingston County.

Applying for a Marriage License

Step 1: Complete the Online Marriage Application

Do not apply more than 33 days from the date of your wedding. Your marriage license is only valid for 30 days.

Step 2: Wait Three Days

The marriage license is available to be picked up on the third day following your online application submission. (MCL 551.103a) A Marriage License is not available for pick-up on weekends or holidays.

Step 3: Pick Up Your License

After the three day waiting period, visit the Livingston County Clerk’s Office from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up your license. Please call us at (517) 546-0500 to verify that your license is ready if you are unsure.

Only one party needs to be present, but documents must be provided for both parties. You must provide the following for both parties when picking up the license:

  • Birth certificates
  • Drivers licenses or state-issued identification cards (must be current and valid)
  • Social security cards
  • Payment for license fees (below)
Date Applied Pick Up (On or After )
Monday Thursday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Monday
Thursday Monday
Friday Monday
Saturday Tuesday
Sunday Wednesday

Birth Certificate Requirements
Hospital birth certificates (usually has hand/foot prints) are not accepted. Birth certificates must be in English. For translators, please see Michigan Department of State certified translators.


Michigan Residents
Out-Of-State Residents
Waiver Of 3-Day Waiting Period*
*Does not include expedited fee

Step 4: Return Signed License

The original marriage license must be returned within 10 days of the ceremony. The Officiant should return your license via mail or in-person. You will then be able to purchase certified copies. The couple may keep the Unofficial duplicate copy of the license as a souvenir copy, but it is not valid for legal purposes. Certified copies can be purchased and used for legal purposes, such as changing your name on a Social Security card or changing your name on a Driver’s License or State ID.

Order Certified Copies of Your Marriage License

County Clerk
Jenny Nash, Livingston County Treasurer

Elizabeth Hundley
County Clerk

Kristi Cox
Chief Deputy County Clerk



(517) 546-0500


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Historical Courthouse

200 E. Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 546-4354