Michigan Marriage Laws

Michigan Outline

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
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 33 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

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.

Select your county to quickly generate the contact information for your local marriage authority.

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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.

View the Michigan Statutes on the official state site
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Alcona County

106 5th Street
Harrisville, Michigan

Phone: (989) 724-9410
Fax: (989) 724-9419
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Alger County

101 Court Street
Munising, Michigan

Phone: (906) 387-2076
Fax: (906) 387-2156
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Allegan County

113 Chestnut Street
Allegan, Michigan

Phone: (269) 673-0400
Fax: (269) 673-0490
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Alpena County

720 W. Chisholm Street Suite #2
Alpena, Michigan

Phone: (989) 354-9520
Fax: (989) 354-9644
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Antrim County

203 E. Cayuga St.
Bellaire, Michigan

Phone: (231) 533-8664
Fax: (231) 533-8740
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Arenac County

120 N Grove Street
Standish, Michigan

Phone: (989) 846-4626
Fax: (989) 846-9194
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Baraga County

2 S. Main St.
L’Anse, Michigan

Phone: (906) 524-6100 ext 698
Fax: (906) 524-6432
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Barry County

220 W State St
Hastings, Michigan

Phone: (269) 945-1286
Fax: (269) 945-1299
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Bay County

515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, Michigan

Phone: (989) 895-4280
Fax: (989) 895-4284
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Benzie County

448 Court Place
Beulah, Michigan

Phone: (231) 882-9671
Fax: (231) 882-5941
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Berrien County

811 Port Street
St. Joseph, Michigan

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Branch County

31 Division Street
Coldwater, Michigan

Phone: (517) 279-4306
Fax: (517) 278-5627
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Calhoun County

315 W. Green St
Marshall, Michigan

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Cass County

120 North Broadway, Room 123
Cassopolis, Michigan

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Charlevoix County

301 State St
Charlevoix, Michigan

Phone: (231) 547-7200
Fax: (231) 547-7217
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Cheboygan County

870 South Main St
Cheboygan, Michigan

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Chippewa County

319 Court Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

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Clare County

225 W. Main St.
Harrison, Michigan

Phone: (989) 539-7131
Fax: (989) 539-6616
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Clinton County

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

Phone: (989) 224-5140
Fax: (989) 224-5102
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Crawford County

200 W Michigan Avenue
Grayling, Michigan

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Delta County

310 Ludington Street
Escanaba, Michigan

Phone: (906) 789-5100
Fax: (906) 789-5196
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Dickinson County

705 South Stevenson
Iron Mountain, Michigan

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Eaton County

1045 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, Michigan

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Emmet County

200 Division Street
Petoskey, Michigan

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Genesee County

900 South Saginaw Street
Flint, Michigan

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Gladwin County

401 W Cedar Ave, Room 7
Gladwin, Michigan

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Gogebic County

200 N. Moore Street
Bessemer, Michigan

Phone: (906) 663-4518
Fax: (906) 663-4660
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Grand Traverse County

400 Boardman Ave., Ste. 101
Traverse City, Michigan

Phone: (231) 922-4760
Fax: (231) 922-4794
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Gratiot County

214 East Center Street
Ithaca, Michigan

Phone: (989) 875-5215
Fax: (989) 875-5254
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Hillsdale County

29 N Howell Street, Room 1
Hillsdale, Michigan

Phone: (517) 437-3391
Fax: (517) 437-3392
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Houghton County

401 E. Houghton Ave.
Houghton, Michigan

Phone: (906) 482-1150
Fax: (906) 483-0364
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Huron County

250 East Huron Avenue, Room 201
Bad Axe, Michigan

Phone: (989) 269-9942
Fax: (989) 269-6160
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Ingham County

341 S. Jefferson
Mason, Michigan

Phone: (517) 676-7201
Fax: (517) 676-7254
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Ionia County

100 West Main St
Ionia, Michigan

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Iosco County

422 Lake Street
Tawas City, Michigan

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Iron County

2 South 6th St, Suite 9
Crystal Falls, Michigan

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Isabella County

200 N. Main Street
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

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Jackson County

312 S. Jackson Street
Jackson, Michigan

Phone: (517) 788-4265
Fax: (517) 788-4601
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Kalamazoo County

201 W. Kalamazoo Ave. 1st Floor
Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Kalkaska County

605 N. Birch Street
Kalkaska, Michigan

Phone: (231) 258-3349
Fax: (231) 258-3337
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Kent County

300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Phone: (616) 632-7640
Fax: (616) 632-7645
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Keweenaw County

5095 4th Street
Eagle River, Michigan

Phone: (906) 337-2229
Fax: (906) 337-2253
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Lake County

800 Tenth St, Suite 200
Baldwin, Michigan

Phone: (231) 745-2725
Fax: (231) 745-8632
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Lapeer County

255 Clay Street
Lapeer, Michigan

Phone: (810) 667-0356
Fax: (810) 667-0362
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Leelanau County

8527 E Government Center Dr, Room 103
Suttons Bay, Michigan

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Lenawee County

301 N Main Street 3rd Floor
Adrian, Michigan

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Livingston County

200 E Grand River Ave
Howell, Michigan

Phone: (517) 546-0500
Fax: (517) 546-4354
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Luce County

407 West Harrie St.
Newberry, Michigan

Phone: (906) 293-5521
Fax: (906) 293-5553
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Mackinac County

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

Phone: (906) 643-7300
Fax: (906) 643-7302
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Macomb County

120 N. Main
Mount Clemens, Michigan

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Manistee County

415 Third Street
Manistee, Michigan

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Marquette County

234 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, Michigan

Phone: (906) 225-8330
Fax: (906) 228-1572
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Mason County

304 E. Ludington Avenue
Ludington, Michigan

Phone: (231) 843-8202
Fax: (231) 843-1972
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Mecosta County

400 Elm Street
Big Rapids, Michigan

Phone: (231) 592-0783
Fax: (231) 592-0193
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Menominee County

839 10th Ave.
Menominee, Michigan

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Midland County

220 West Elsworth
Midland, Michigan

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Missaukee County

111 South Canal, PO Box 800
Lake City, Michigan

Phone: (231) 839-4967
Fax: (231) 839-3684
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Monroe County

106 East First
Monroe, Michigan

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Montcalm County

211 West Main Street
Stanton, Michigan

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Montmorency County

12265 M 32 West
Atlanta, Michigan

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Muskegon County

990 Terrace Street, 1st Floor
Muskegon, Michigan

Phone: (231) 724-6221
Fax: (231) 724-6262
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Newaygo County

1087 Newell St.
White Cloud, Michigan

Phone: (231) 689-7235
Fax: (231) 689-7241
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Oakland County

1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Bldg 12E
Pontiac, Michigan

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Oceana County

100 State Street Suite M-1
Hart, Michigan

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Ogemaw County

806 West Houghton Ave. Suite 101
West Branch, Michigan

Phone: (989) 345-0215
Fax: (989) 345-7223
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Ontonagon County

725 Greenland Road
Ontonagon, Michigan

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Osceola County

301 W. Upton Ave.
Reed City, Michigan

Phone: (231) 832-3261
Fax: (231) 832-6149
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Oscoda County

205 E. 11th St.
Mio, Michigan

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Otsego County

225 West Main St.
Gaylord, Michigan

Phone: (989) 731-7500
Fax: (989) 731-7519
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Ottawa County

12220 Fillmore Street, Room 130
West Olive, Michigan

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Presque Isle County

151 E. Huron Ave.
Rogers City, Michigan

Phone: (989) 734-3288
Fax: (989) 734-7635
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Roscommon County

500 Lake Street
Roscommon, Michigan

Phone: (989) 275-5923
Fax: (989) 275-8640
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Saginaw County

111 S. Michigan Avenue, Room 101
Saginaw, Michigan

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Sanilac County

60 W. Sanilac, Room 203
Sandusky, Michigan

Phone: (810) 648-3212
Fax: (810) 648-5466
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Schoolcraft County

300 Walnut Street, Room 164
Manistique, Michigan

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Shiawassee County

208 North Shiawassee Street, 2nd Floor
Corunna, Michigan

Phone: (989) 743-2242
Fax: (989) 743-2241
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St. Clair County

201 McMorran Blvd. Room 1100
Port Huron, Michigan

Phone: (810) 985-2200
Fax: (810) 985-4796
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St. Joseph County

125 W. Main St.
Centreville, Michigan

Phone: (269) 467-5500
Fax: (269) 467-5628
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Tuscola County

440 N. State St
Caro, Michigan

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Van Buren County

219 E. Paw Paw St. Suite 303
Paw Paw, Michigan

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Washtenaw County

200 North Main Street, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Wayne County

2 Woodward Avenue, Rooms 201 & 207
Detroit, Michigan

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Wexford County

437 East Division
Cadillac, Michigan

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