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200 Division St., Suite 130 ~ Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 348-1744

Fax: (231) 348-0602
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Apply Online for Marriage Licenses, Notaries, DBAs, and New CPLs here.

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Request Certified Birth, Death, and Marriage Records here.

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Notice of Emmet County Early Voting Precinct Canvass
The Emmet County Early Voting Precinct Canvass will take place on Tuesday February 27, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. In the Board of Commissioners Room 200 Division St. Petoskey, MI 49770.

Notice of Public Accuracy Test of Voting Equipment
To the qualified electors of Emmet County, State of Michigan: Notice is hereby given that a Public Accuracy Test for the electronic equipment that will be used for early voting for the February 27, 2024 Presidential Primary is scheduled for February 8, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. in the V.F.W. Hall, 599 W. Conway Rd. Harbor Springs, MI 49740. The Public Accuracy Test is conducted to demonstrate that the computer programming used to tabulate the votes cast at the election meets the requirements of Michigan election law.

2024 Presidential Primary | Early Voting
Notice is hereby given that early voting for the 2024 Presidential Primary will
take place from February 17, 2024 – February 25, 2024, at the V.F.W. Post 2051, 599 W. Conway Rd. Harbor Springs, MI 49740. Voting will take place each day from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm.

Change to DBA Fees
Beginning on January 1, 2024 the fee for a new DBA will be $16.00 and for the renewal of a DBA will be $14.00.

August 8th, Special Election Results
A Special Election took place August 8th, 2023, to vote on the Pellston Public School’s Bond Proposal. You can find the results (when available) by clicking the button below:
View Results

Monthly Closing
The Clerk’s Office will close at 4:45 p.m. on the last day of the month, each month, for the purpose of account reconciling. Please plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Change to Marriage License Requirements
Beginning on January 1, 2022, the Clerk’s Office will require that both parties be present when applying for a marriage license or when picking up a license after applying online. In addition, both parties will be required to have a copy of their birth certificate to apply for a license. To speed up the process and save time, we encourage those who wish to apply for a marriage license to continue to utilize our online application process. Please call the Clerk’s Office at 231-348-1744 with questions.

New CPL Applicants and Fingerprinting Appointments:
If you are planning to come in to apply for a new CPL or to utilize our fingerprinting service for other reasons, we ask that you call the Clerk’s Office in advance to set up an appointment. This will allow us to limit contact and accommodate everyone in a timely fashion.


County Clerk Staff

Emmet County Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-1745

Chief Deputy Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-1744

Senior Court Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-0695

Senior Court Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-1740

Senior/Jury Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-0642

Deputy Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-0668

Deputy Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 348-1762

Online records search is now available

The State of Michigan provides basic information for public cases and may be viewed online or by mobile device. Please note the online records search function does not work well with the Internet Explorer browser. It is recommended that users switch to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge when accessing the online records search here.


The Clerk’s Office provides many services to the public, including the following:
    • Birth Records
    • Death Records (Death Record Index available from 1867 to present)
    • Marriage Records & Marriage License Applications (Index available from 1856-present)
    • Concealed Weapons License (CPL) Application
          –(Firearm laws effective Dec. 1, 2015)
    • DBAs (Assumed Names) & Dissolutions
    • Divorce Packets
    • Genealogy
    • Military Discharge (DD-214)
    • Notary Public Information
    • Contact Information for Townships and Local Municipalities


Duties of the County Clerk

The Office of County Clerk is a four-year, partisan office established by the Michigan Constitution charged with many statutory duties. The first Clerk of Emmet County was C.R. Wright, who served from 1855 to 1856. The longest serving Clerk was Winfield S. Hinds, who served from 1931 through 1962.

The County Clerk, as Clerk of the Circuit Court, has the responsibility for the care, custody and maintenance of all Circuit Court records, and is the keeper of the Seal of the 57th Circuit Court.

In addition, the County Clerk serves as clerk to the Board of Commissioners, Jury Commission, Board of Canvassers, Concealed Weapons Licensing Board, and the Tax Allocation Board. The County Clerk is a member of the Special Election Scheduling Committee, County Election Commission, and the County Plat Board. The County Clerk is also the chief election official for the county and the keeper of all vital records for the county.

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
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