How to Find Michigan Marriage Records
State of Michigan Vital Records Office
If you live in Michigan and need the marriage record in a hurry, the best option would be to drive to the State of Michigan Vital Records Office, which is part of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. They can provide copies for marriages that took place as far back as 1867. The address is:
South Grand Building – 1st Floor
333 S. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
They are open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. except on major or legal holidays. They accept cash, credit card and money order. The fee for the copy is $34. If you want the copy that same day, there is an additional $12, but the copy will be ready within two hours. If you want more than one copy, it’s an additional $16 per copy.
You can also go directly to the MDHHS’s website, print out an application, and order the marriage record through the mail. You’ll need to know the name of the bride and groom as well as their parents and the county where the marriage took place. They also require you to submit your own name, address and the reason you need the record.
You can print the application out and take it to the MDHHS office or send it through U.S mail with a check or money order. Regular mail takes about five weeks and rush mail takes about two weeks. The mailing address is on the bottom of the application.
Getting Michigan Marriage Records Online
As is the case in so many areas of our lives, it’s just so much easier and more convenient to get something online. You can fill out the online application and order the form through the state’s website. Other online sites offer you this service as well.
Some sites that provide this service are SearchQuarry, and VitalCheck. These third-party sites will provide you with the Michigan marriage records you need. All you’ll need to do is provide them with the information they request and use a credit card for payment. The fee may be slightly higher than the MDHHS depending on the service provider.
You can also get copies of marriage records with apostilles. These are slightly more expensive. If you just want information on marriages, you can get this from sites like Ancestry.com. However, this is not the same as getting a copy of a marriage record. Since marriage records are open to the public, anyone can get a copy of a marriage record.