Before the wedding ceremony takes place, the couple will need to obtain a marriage license from the county they reside. The marriage license will need to be brought to the wedding for the Officiant, Bride and Groom, as well as, two witnesses to sign the legal document.
The couple should know the date of their wedding ceremony before they apply for their license. The application must take place 30 days from the date of the wedding ceremony.
To apply for the marriage license, you will typically need: Copy of Birth Certificate of bride and groom, Driver’s License, Social Security Cards, proof of residence, (if not shown on Driver’s License) and applicable fees.
Good Information to be aware of:
- Most Marriage Licenses are good for 30-33 days after document is picked up from court house. It must be signed within that allotted time. Check with the County Clerk for their local deadlines.
- Two witnesses, over the age of 18 will need to be available to sign the marriage license, along with the Officiant.
- The signed marriage license will need to be turned into the County Clerk office it was administered to process. Be sure to know who will turn in the signed document to the County Clerk’s Office.
For West Michigan Wedding Ceremonies, we direct our couples to the following Clerk’s Offices for Marriage License Applications:
- Kent County https://www.accesskent.com/Departments/CountyClerk/marriage_app.htm
- Ottawa County https://www.miottawa.org/MLR/
- Allegan County http://www.allegancounty.org/Government/DC/Marriages.asp?pt=
- Barry County http://www.barrycounty.org/depts/clerk/marriage/