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.
*NOTICES FROM THE CLERK*
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
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: https://micourt.courts.michigan.gov/CaseSearch/Court/C57
The Emmet County Clerk’s Office mailed out juror questionnaires to 4,500 Emmet County residents. (The questionnaire is also available online as a fillable and downloadable PDF file here.) The law requires that the questionnaires be completed and returned within 10 days. Circuit Court Judge Jennifer E. Deegan reminds all citizens that it is your civic duty to participate in this process as our judicial system could not operate without you. By filling out the questionnaire, you will be placed into a pool of potential juror applicants for the coming year. Failure to timely complete and return the form could result in a Show Cause order. If you have any questions or concerns about the form, please contact the Clerk’s Office.
COUNTY CLERK’S SERVICES
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
• Military Discharge (DD-214)
• Notary Public Information
• Contact Information for Townships and Local Municipalities
The Clerk’s Office has the following forms available to download as PDFs:
• Petition and Affidavit for Personal Protection Order (domestic)
• Petition and Affidavit for Personal Protection Order (non-domestic)
• Petition and Affidavit for Personal Protection Order (non-domestic sexual assault)
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.