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Michigan is an open-record state. Due to this, individuals are free to obtain many different types of records including birth, death, divorce and marriage. In the state of Michigan, such vital records are maintained and issued by the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Vital Records Office. This office has marriage records on file that date back to 1867. Divorce records, on the other hand, have only been registered on a state level since 1897.

Unlike other states, Michigan only offers individuals a single method for requesting Marriage Records and that is through the mail. Luckily, the Vital Records Office makes it quite straight forward for individuals to make requests this way. On their website they offer a free printable application that can then be mailed to their office. This application calls for required information including the names of the bride and groom, the date on which the marriage occurred, the location at which it occurred and the names of the requestors. The Vital Records Office also asks that individuals provide a reason for requesting a record and the relationship the requestor has to either party named on the marriage license. Due to the nature of this method, it can take up to 5 weeks from the date on which the request was received for results to be returned. However, individuals who need their records returned faster can opt for expedited service which will see that waiting period cut down to 3 weeks.

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As is usually the case, fees are associated with obtaining Michigan Marriage Records. For normal processing, which will take up to 5 weeks, individuals are asked to pay a non refundable $26 dollar fee. Those who need additional certified copies are asked to pay $12 for each successive copy after paying the original $26. Alternatively, those who opt for expedited processing will be asked to pay an additional $10 fee on top of everything else to have 2 weeks shaved off of the processing time bringing it down to 3 weeks.

Unfortunately, the Vital Records Office does not accept requests for Michigan Marriage Records over phone nor in-person.

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Vital Records Office contact info:
Address: Department of Community Health
Vital Records
3423 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48913

Phone: (517) 335-8656


Due to the system in Michigan, the only way to obtain Marriage Records is through the US Postal Service. This poses a problem because even if expedited shipping is asked for individuals are still asked to wait 3 weeks. Add to that the fuss of having to gather all of the necessary information and things can get messy. Luckily, many different online service providers have been appearing to take away this hassle. Such service providers accept requests 24/7 and typically return results within minutes. Backed by a full-refund guarantee, requesting Michigan Marriage Records through an online service provider removes nearly all the waiting. Give one a try here. Order a professional Marriage Records Search with Archives today!