Bay County Clerk

Katie Zanotti

Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941
Voice: (989) 895-4280
Fax: (989) 895-4284

Marriage Licenses

Bay County Clerk Fee Schedule

Marriage License NOTE:  If Divorced, each party must submit photo copies of all Divorce Judgement(s). If former Spouse is deceased, must present photo copy of a Death Certificate.

To apply for a marriage license in Bay County, apply at the Bay County Clerk's Office, 515 Center Avenue, Bay City, Michigan - We would appreciate if applicants appear no later than 4:30 PM to apply for a Marriage License

Men and women 18 years of age and older may contract marriage in Michigan without parents' consent.

Applicants 16 or 17 years of age must submit written and notarized consent of one parent or legal guardian, who must appear at the time of the application.

If one or both applicants is a Michigan resident they apply in the county where either applicant lives; the license is valid throughout the state of Michigan.

If both applicants are out-of-state residents, they must apply in the county where they plan to be married; the license is valid in that county only.

Information required of both applicants:

  • Full name
  • Birth dates and place of birth (city & state)
  • Valid driver's license/state issued I.D.
  • Times previously married
  • Social Security numbers
  • Parents' full birth & current names
  • Parents' city and state of birth

Fee per couple: $20.00 -- Bay County Residents
Fee per couple: $30.00 -- Out-of-State Residents

The marriage license becomes valid on the 3rd day following application.
The marriage must be solemnized/take place within 33 days of application.

Additional information or documentation may be required before this office will complete the marriage license application.

Bay County residents: For your convenience, an Affidavit for License to Marry application may be downloaded, printed and then submitted in person at the County Clerk's office, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., allowing at least 30 minutes for processing.

Out of State Residents: Instructions and application of Affidavit for License to Marry to be completed and returned to County Clerk office.

 If you have any further questions, please call (989) 895-4280.

Marriage Record Request
Marriage records for Bay County are available beginning the year of 1868.

Marriage licenses are filed in the county of application, your request can be processed ONLY if the marriage license was APPLIED for in Bay County, Michigan.  Effective January 1, 2007, the first certified copy, with the raised seal, is $14.00. Each additional certified copy of the same record, requested at the same time is an additional $3.00. If the date of marriage is not known, please add $1.00 per year search fee.You may request marriage records in person during regular business hours or you may send a written request. Please include the following when requesting via US Mail:

  • Name of both applicants at time of requesting a license 
  • Exact or estimated date of marriage
  • Number of copies requested
  • Self addressed stamped envelope to mail record
  • Please include a check or money order payable to:

Katie Zanotti, Bay County Clerk
515 Center Avenue, Suite 101
Bay City, MI 48708 
(989) 895-4280


For additional information, you might also try:

Michigan Vital Records On-Line

Michigan County Clerk's Contact Information

Vital Records Contact List-United States