Marriage License Process

  1. Submit application (online or in-person at the Clerk’s Office)
    Michigan residents must apply in the County in which they reside.
    • The license is valid to be used for 33 days, beginning on and including the application date. 
    • Application hours at Charlotte: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • The day you apply online is the date used for starting the 3-day waiting period and 33-days validity
    • You do not have to pick it up exactly when the third day is up, that is just the minimum, but you must give the license to the wedding officiant prior to your ceremony.  Without the license a ceremony is not legally valid.
  2. Provide proof of identity and residence and social security number for both applicants
  3. $20 (or $30 non-resident) fee is due
    • Online payment option, additional fees apply
    • Or pay in-person
      • We accept cash, check, money order, debit or credit (there is an additional fee when using a card)

Certified Copies

A certified copy of a record on file is printed on special security paper and contains a raised, embossed seal. An old-style license, on only white paper issued for the ceremony, with a gold and/or raised seal is not considered certified.

For information about how to purchase certified copies of a marriage license on file with Eaton County (for which the ceremony has already been performed) visit Vital Records-Birth, Marriage, Death.

Additional Resources

One of the issued marriage ceremony licenses gets mailed/returned to:
Eaton County Clerk
1045 Independence Boulevard
Charlotte, MI 48813