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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.