I am granting in-person appointments for the purpose of obtaining Marriage Licenses on a limited basis.
To schedule an appointment, the Marriage License must first be applied for by the Ingham County resident online then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
- Use this link to submit your marriage license application: Online Marriage License Application
- Be sure to click "Submit" when you are finish. This starts the three day waiting period with the day you click "Submit" serving as the first day. Please see the Waiting Period section below for more information about the three day waiting period.
- Once the three day waiting period is complete, you may pick up your marriage license. For office locations and hours, please Click here . Make sure you bring government-issued identification that shows your correct Ingham County address and the social security numbers of both parties. Only one party needs to be an Ingham County resident. Both parties do not have to be present to apply. If only one person comes in to apply, they must be the Ingham County resident.
- Please remember that your marriage license will expire 33 days from when you clicked the "Submit" button. If the marriage is not scheduled to occur within 33 days, please wait to submit your online marriage license application.
- Complete and print out the Marriage License Affidavit Worksheet . You can also complete this worksheet in the office. Make sure you bring: birth dates, birth places (city and state), current residence addresses, and social security number of both parties, and each parties' parents' full names, including maiden names and the state where each parent was born.
- For office locations and hours, please Click here.
- Make sure you bring government-issued identification that shows your correct Ingham County address. Only one party needs to be an Ingham County resident. Both parties do not have to be present to apply. If only one person comes in to apply, they must be the Ingham County resident.
- Once the application has been submitted, the three day waiting period begins. Please see the Waiting Period section below for more information.
You may request to waive the three (3) day waiting period by completing a waiver petition in the Clerk’s Office. If the waiver is approved, an additional $25 fee is added to the license fee.
- If one or both of the applicants plan on a traditional name change, as a result of marriage, (taking partner’s last name or hyphenating both last names), they may sign with that new name at the bottom of the license.
- Regardless of how the license is signed, there is no requirement in the State of Michigan for individuals to change their name and no time frame in which it must be done after the ceremony.
- The first step in the name change process is to visit the Social Security Administration.
- An individual will also need a valid state-issued ID or driver’s license, current social security card/number, and birth certificate. Other documents accepted in place of those listed above can be found here.
- The second step in the name change process is to visit the State of Michigan Secretary of State.
To change a name on a Michigan Identification Card or Driver’s license, an individual must go to any Secretary of State Branch Office with their valid driver’s license or state ID card, a certified copy of the marriage license, and their birth certificate or another form of proof of Legal Presence.
- When the individual has their new ID, they may then change their name with banks, credit unions, and others (i.e. insurance, bills, memberships, etc.).
Complete our marriage license request form and submit it by email, fax, or mail:
Occasionally, incomplete marriage licenses, or those with errors, will be submitted to my Office to be placed on file. Marriage License errors may occur if incorrect information provided on the application was not caught prior to the marriage ceremony or because the license was not properly completed during the ceremony.
The State of Michigan requires that all information on the Marriage License be complete and accurate. My Office files marriage licenses with the State of Michigan and you may choose to correct your license via the process below. Please note that the state may reject an incomplete or incorrect license, in which case you must correct it.
The process to do so is by petitioning the Court for an Ex Parte Order. To do so, please follow the steps below:
- Download and complete the Affidavit and Motion to Correct License of Marriage form and have it notarized (my Office provides notarization services for these forms at no additional cost).
- Return the completed Affidavit to the Clerk’s Office with payment of $50.00 by dropping it off at either office location, mailing it back, or placing it in the drop box (located in the lobby of the Ingham County Jail).
- Allow approximately 30 days for the Court order to be processed by the Clerk and the Circuit Court Judge, and, if approved, for the record to be corrected.
Clerk Byrum’s staff will notify you at the provided phone number when this process is complete.
After this process is complete, you may request a certified copy of the corrected record.