Marriage License

To obtain a Marriage License:

  1. One of the Applicants must be a resident of Manistee County. Out of State Residents must be getting married at a location within Manistee County.
  2. Each Applicant must present a Certified Birth Certificate with a raised seal on it.
  3. Each Applicant must know their Social Security Number.
  4. Each Applicant must present a Current Driver’s License or State ID.
  5. After applying, there is a three day waiting period (3 working days) to pick up the License.

The License is valid for thirty-three days from the application date anywhere in the State of Michigan.

Marriage License Applications may be submitted by filling out the Affidavit for License to Marry (PDF)

  1. There is a required 3-day waiting period to obtain the license after you submit your application.
  2. The marriage license will be mailed to you after the 3-day waiting period.
  3. Please include your wedding date, if possible, as well as a phone number.
  4. Submit payment (see "Fees") through our Vital Records Payment Portal.


  • Manistee County Residents: $20
  • Out of State Residents: $30
  • Waiver of three day waiting period (at discretion of the County Clerk): $50