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Michigan Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Michigan. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Michigan. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Michigan.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 33 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration
  • Same-Sex Marriage Recognized: No

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Michigan

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Michigan

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Michigan

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Michigan to get an Ordination Package. Please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

Please note that weddings in Michigan do require the presence of two witnesses (apart from the officiant).

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Michigan

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Michigan marriage license from the appropriate office. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Michigan, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Michigan wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Michigan Marriage Code

Michigan law states that a "minister of the gospel" may officiate at weddings. The language used may give the impression that the right is restricted to clergy of a specific religion, but it's actually just an older phrasing than most states use today - ministers of any religion are afforded equal rights in Michigan. Any clergyperson authorized by his or her religious organization to solemnize marriages may perform weddings in Michigan. This includes ministers who have become a minister by getting ordained online by the Universal Life Church Monastery. In Michigan, individuals authorized to perform marriages are granted that power via section 7 of article 551 of Michigan's state code. Below, you will find an excerpt of this code. Universal Life Church ministers regularly officiate legally valid marriages in the State of Michigan.
551.7 Persons authorized to solemnize marriage; records; return of licenses and certificates; disposition of fees charged by mayor or county clerk.
Sec. 7.

(1) Marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:

(i) A minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner, anywhere in this state, if the minister or cleric or religious practitioner is ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of the denomination.

(j) A minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner, anywhere in this state, if the minister or cleric or religious practitioner is not a resident of this state but is authorized to solemnize marriages under the laws of the state in which the minister or cleric or religious practitioner resides.

(2) A person authorized by this act to solemnize a marriage shall keep proper records and return licenses and certificates as required by section 4 of 1887 PA 128, MCL 551.104.


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Alcona County

Alcona County Offices
106 5th Street
Harrisville, Michigan
48740

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Alger County

101 Court St
Munising, Michigan
49862

Alger County website »

Allegan County

2243 33rd St
Allegan, Michigan
49010

Allegan County website »

Alpena County

720 W. Chisholm Street Suite #2
Alpena, Michigan
49707

Alpena County website »

Antrim County

P.O. Box 520
Bellaire, Michigan
49615

Antrim County website »

Arenac County

120 N Grove Street
Standish, Michigan
48658

Arenac County website »

Baraga County

16 N. 3rd Street
L'Anse, Michigan
49946

Phone: (906) 524-6100 ext. 2
Fax: (906) 524-7017
Baraga County website »

Barry County

Barry County Courthouse - Floor 1
220 W State St
Hastings, Michigan
49058

Phone: (269) 945-1285
Fax: (269) 945-0209
Barry County website »

Bay County

Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, Michigan
48708

Phone: (989) 895-4280
Fax: (989) 895-4284
Bay County website »

Benzie County

Upper Level
448 Court Place
Beulah, Michigan
49617

Benzie County website »

Berrien County

701 Main Street,
St. Joseph, Michigan
49085

Phone: (269) 983-7111 ext. 8368
Fax: (269) 982-8642
Berrien County website »

Branch County

Courthouse
31 Division St.
Coldwater, Michigan
49036

Phone: (517) 279-4306
Fax: (517) 278-5627
Branch County website »

Calhoun County

County Building
315 W. Green Street
Marshall, Michigan
49068

Calhoun County website »

Cass County

Cass County Building
Room 123
Cassopolis, Michigan
49031

Cass County website »

Charlevoix County

Office of the County Clerk
203 Antrim Street
Charlevoix, Michigan
49720

Phone: (231) 547-7200
Fax: (231) 547-7217
Charlevoix County website »

Cheboygan County

Cheboygan County Clerk/Register
870 S. Main Street
Cheboygan, Michigan
49721

Cheboygan County website »

Chippewa County

319 Court Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
49783

Chippewa County website »

Clare County

225 W. Main St.
Harrison, Michigan
48625

Phone: (989) 539-7131
Fax: (989) 539-6616
Clare County website »

Clinton County

100 E. State Street, Suite 2600
St. Johns, Michigan
48879

Clinton County website »

Crawford County

200 W Michigan Avenue
Grayling, Michigan
49738

Crawford County website »

Delta County

310 Ludington Street
Escanaba, Michigan
49829

Phone: (906) 789-5105
Fax: (906) 789-5196
Delta County website »

Dickinson County

705 S. Stephenson Ave.
Iron Mountain, Michigan
49801

Dickinson County website »

Eaton County

1045 Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, Michigan
48813

Phone: (517) 543-4335
Fax: (517) 543-4475
Eaton County website »

Emmet County

200 Division Street, Suite 130
Petoskey, Michigan
49770

Phone: (231) 348-1744
Fax: (231) 348-0602
Emmet County website »

Genesee County

County Courthouse
900 S. Saginaw St.
Flint, Michigan
48502

Genesee County website »

Gladwin County

401 W. Cedar Avenue
Gladwin, Michigan
48624

Phone: (989) 426-7351
Fax: (989) 426-6917
Gladwin County website »

Gogebic County

200 N. Moore St.
Bessemer, Michigan
49911

Phone: (906) 663-4518
Fax: (906) 663-4660
Gogebic County website »

Grand Traverse County

Vital Records & Elections
400 Boardman Ave.
Traverse City, Michigan
49684

Grand Traverse County website »

Gratiot County

214 E Center St
Ithaca, Michigan
48847

Gratiot County website »

Hillsdale County

Hillsdale County Courthouse
Room 1
Hillsdale, Michigan
49242

Phone: (517) 437-3391
Fax: (517) 437-3392
Hillsdale County website »

Houghton County

Houghton County Courthouse, 2nd Floor
401 E. Houghton Ave.
Houghton, Michigan
49931

Houghton County website »

Huron County

250 East Huron Avenue, Room 201
Bad Axe, Michigan
48413

Phone: (989) 269-9942
Fax: (989) 269-6160
Huron County website »

Ingham County

Mason Courthouse
341 S. Jefferson
Mason, Michigan
48854

Phone: (517) 676-7201
Fax: (517) 676-7254
Ingham County website »

Ionia County

Ionia County Clerk's Office
100 W. Main Street
Ionia, Michigan
48846

Phone: (616) 527-5322
Fax: (616) 527-8201
Ionia County website »

Iosco County

422 W. Lake Street
Tawas City, Michigan
48764

Phone: (989) 362-3497
Fax: (989) 984-1012
Iosco County website »

Iron County

2 South 6th Street Suite 7
Crystal Falls, Michigan
49920

Iron County website »

Isabella County

County Clerk's Office - Rm 240
200 N. Main Street
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
48858

Phone: (989) 317-4070
Fax: (989) 772-6347
Isabella County website »

Jackson County

312 S. Jackson street
Jackson, Michigan
49201

Jackson County website »

Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County Clerk/Register Office
201 W. Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
49007

Kalamazoo County website »

Kalkaska County

605 N. Birch Street
Kalkaska, Michigan
49646

Phone: (231) 258-3300 option 3
Fax: (231) 258-3337
Kalkaska County website »

Kent County

County Administration Building
300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan
49503

Phone: (616) 632-7640
Fax: (616) 632-7645
Kent County website »

Keweenaw County

5095 4th Street
Eagle River, Michigan
49950

Phone: (906) 337-2229
Fax: (906) 337-2253
Keweenaw County website »

Lake County

800 Tenth St
Suite 200
Baldwin, Michigan
49304

Phone: (231) 745-2725
Fax: (231) 745-8632
Lake County website »

Lapeer County

255 CLAY STREET
LAPEER, Michigan
48446

Phone: (810) 667-0356
Fax: (810) 667-0362
Lapeer County website »

Leelanau County

8527 E. Government Center Drive, Suite 103,
Suttons Bay, Michigan
49682

Phone: (231) 256-9824
Fax: (231) 256-8295
Leelanau County website »

Lenawee County

25 N. Main St.
Judicial Bldg. 3rd Floor
Adrian, Michigan
49221

Phone: (517) 264-4599
Fax: (517) 264-4790
Lenawee County website »

Livingston County

Courthouse
200 E Grand River Ave
Howell, Michigan
48843

Phone: (517) 546-0500
Fax: (517) 546-4354
Livingston County website »

Luce County

407 West Harrie St.
Newberry, Michigan
49868

Phone: (906) 293-5521
Fax: (906) 293-5553
Luce County website »

Mackinac County

100 S. Marley, Rm 10
St. Ignace, Michigan
49781

Phone: (906) 643-7300
Fax: (906) 643-7302
Mackinac County website »

Macomb County

Clerk's Office
40 North Main. 1st Floor
Mount Clemens, Michigan
48043

Phone: (586) 469-5120
Fax: (877) 443-9505
Macomb County website »

Manistee County

415 Third Street
Manistee, Michigan
49660

Phone: (231) 723-3331
Fax: (231) 723-1492
Manistee County website »

Marquette County

Courthouse Annex
234 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, Michigan
49855

Phone: (906) 225-8330
Fax: (906) 228-1572
Marquette County website »

Mason County

Mason County Clerk
304 E. Ludington Avenue
Ludington, Michigan
49431

Phone: (231) 843-8202
Fax: (231) 843-1972
Mason County website »

Mecosta County

Room 131
400 Elm Street
Big Rapids, Michigan
49307

Phone: (231) 592-0783
Fax: (231) 592-0193
Mecosta County website »

Menominee County

Courthouse - 2nd Floor
839 10th Avenue
Menominee, Michigan
49858

Phone: (906) 863-9968
Fax: (906) 863-5819
Menominee County website »

Midland County

220 W Ellsworth St
Midland, Michigan
48640

Phone: (989) 832-6739
Fax: (989) 832-6680
Midland County website »

Missaukee County

Clerk's Office
111 South Canal
Lake City, Michigan
49651

Phone: (231) 839-4967 Ext 201
Fax: (231) 839-3684
Missaukee County website »

Monroe County

106 E First Street
Monroe, Michigan
48161

Phone: (734) 240-7020
Fax: (734) 240-7045
Monroe County website »

Montcalm County

Administrative Building
211 W. Main St.
Stanton, Michigan
48888

Montcalm County website »

Montmorency County

12265 M-32
Atlanta, Michigan
49709

Phone: (989) 785-8022
Fax: (989) 785-8023
Montmorency County website »

Muskegon County

Muskegon County Clerk
990 Terrace Street, 1st floor
Muskegon, Michigan
49442

Muskegon County website »

Newaygo County

1087 Newell St
White Cloud, Michigan
49349

Phone: (231) 689-7235
Fax: (231) 689-7241
Newaygo County website »

Oakland County

1200 N. Telegraph
Building 12 East
Pontiac, Michigan
48341

Oakland County website »

Oceana County

100 S. State Street
Suite M-10
Hart, Michigan
49420

Phone: (231) 873-3977
Fax: (231) 873-1943
Oceana County website »

Ogemaw County

Ogemaw County Clerk
806 West Houghton Ave - Room 101
West Branch, Michigan
48661

Phone: (989) 345-0215
Fax: (989) 345-7223
Ogemaw County website »

Ontonagon County

Ontonagon County Clerk
725 Greenland Rd
Ontonagon, Michigan
49953

Phone: (906) 884-4255
Fax: (906) 884-6796
Ontonagon County website »

Osceola County

301 W. Upton
Reed City, Michigan
49677

Osceola County website »

Oscoda County

311 S. Morenci St
Mio, Michigan
48647

Oscoda County website »

Otsego County

225 West Main St.
Gaylord, Michigan
49735

Phone: (989) 731-7500
Fax: (989) 731-7519
Otsego County website »

Ottawa County

12220 Fillmore Street
Room 130
West Olive, Michigan
49460

Phone: (616) 994-4531
Fax: (616) 994-4538
Ottawa County website »

Presque Isle County

P.O. Box 110
Rogers City, Michigan
49779

Presque Isle County website »

Roscommon County

500 Lake St.,
Roscommon, Michigan
48653

Phone: (989) 275-5923
Fax: (989) 275-8640
Roscommon County website »

Saginaw County

111 S. Michigan Avenue, Room 101
Saginaw, Michigan
48602

Saginaw County website »

Sanilac County

Courthouse, Room 203,
60 West Sanilac
Sandusky, Michigan
48471

Phone: (810) 648-3212
Fax: (810) 648-5466
Sanilac County website »

Schoolcraft County

300 Walnut Street, Room 164,
Manistique, Michigan
49854

Schoolcraft County website »

Shiawassee County

208 North Shiawassee Street
Corunna, Michigan
48817

Phone: (989) 743-2242
Fax: (989) 743-2241
Shiawassee County website »

St. Clair County

St. Clair County Clerk
201 McMorran Blvd. Room 1100
Port Huron, Michigan
48060

Phone: (810) 985-2200
Fax: (810) 985-4796
St. Clair County website »

St. Joseph County

County Clerk's Office - General Division
125 W. Main St.
Centreville, Michigan
49032

Phone: (269) 467-5602
Fax: (269) 467-5596
St. Joseph County website »

Tuscola County

440 N State St
Caro, Michigan
48723

Tuscola County website »

Van Buren County

Van Buren County Clerk
212 E. Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw, Michigan
49079

Phone: (269) 657-8218 Ext 6
Fax: (269) 657-8298
Van Buren County website »

Washtenaw County

Clerk/Register of Deeds
200 N. Main
Ann Arbor, Michigan
48107

Phone: (734) 222-6700
Fax: (734) 222-6528
Washtenaw County website »

Wayne County

Woodward Avenue, Rooms 201 Sz. 207
Detroit, Michigan
48226

Wayne County website »

Wexford County

County Clerk
437 East Division Street
Cadillac, Michigan
49601

Phone: (231) 779-9450
Fax: (231) 779-0447
Wexford County website »