Office of County Clerk & Register of Deeds

Marriage Licenses - Procedure to Obtain

To obtain a marriage license in Kalamazoo County, the application process is done through the Kalamazoo County Clerk’s Office, 201 W. Kalamazoo Avenue, Room #103. The information for the application is entered online (click on link below). After the online portion is finished and you have secured the confirmation number (ON-YYYY-####) you must appear in person at the County Clerk’s Office to complete the process. This is generally done after observing a required 3-day waiting period; see Item 7 below.

THE CLERK’S OFFICE PROCESSES MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS DAILY FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 4:00 P.M.
License is NOT available for pick up on weekends and legal holidays.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Persons 18 years of age and older may contract marriage in Michigan without parents’ consent.
  2. For purposes of the marriage application, residency is determined by a current valid driver’s license/state-issued ID reflecting your correct Kalamazoo county address:
    1. If one or both persons is a Michigan resident, they apply in the county where either applicant lives. This license is valid throughout the State of Michigan.
    2. If both persons are out-of-state residents, they MUST apply in the county where they plan to be married. The license is valid in that county only.
  3. When practical, it is best for both applicants to come into the Clerk’s office to complete the process; this allows both parties the opportunity to review the information provided on the Marriage License. In most instances, the process can still be completed if only one of the two persons being married comes in. The following is required to be provided for BOTH PERSONS in order to complete the application:
    1. Valid driver’s license/state-issued ID showing correct address. A legible printed photocopy is accepted for the party not appearing in person. Non US citizens who do not have a driver’s license or state-issued ID must provide a valid passport issued from their Country of Citizenship and must appear in person.
    2. If under 21 years of age, CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATES are required.
    3. Other required information includes:
      • Full names of each person
      • Birth dates and places (city & state)
      • Complete address (no P.O. boxes)
      • How many times previously married
      • Parents’ full birth names
      • Parents’ STATES of birth (or country if not born in United States)
      • Both applicants’ social security number (Non US citizens who do not have a social security number must complete an affidavit in person at the Clerk’s Office.)
    4. Fee per couple: $20.00 for Michigan residents; $30.00 for out-of-state residents.
  4. The marriage must be solemnized within 30 days of the license becoming valid.
  5. Persons 16 and 17 years of age must show a CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATE; written consent of one parent or legal guardian, who must appear at the time of application, is required. If parents are divorced, custodianship must be proven. A valid driver’s license or state or federal government issued photo ID of the consenting parent must be presented.
  6. PLEASE REALIZE, information provided herein may not apply to all possible scenarios. Additional information or documentation may be required before this office will complete the marriage license application process and issue the license.
  7. A 3-day waiting period for a marriage license to be issued is required by Michigan law. This 3-day waiting period is considered satisfied if the online application is completed more than three days prior to coming into the Clerk’s office to pay the application fee and complete the process.

On-Line Marriage Application