The County Clerk’s office will provide written information concerning transmission and prevention of venereal diseases and HIV infection, as individuals are not required to receive blood testing or HIV counseling.
Michigan residents must apply in person for the license in the county in which one of the applicant’s lives, but can be married anywhere within the state. The application fee is $20 for a Michigan resident. There is a three day waiting periods after application is made and the license must be used within 33 days of the application date. You may access the marriage license form online.
Persons 16 or 17 years of age must appear with their parent or legal guardian to execute a consent form. Proof of age must be submitted, driver’s license must be presented, and parental identification may also be required. An additional fee of $50.00 will be charged for all 3 day waiting period waivers.
Out-of-state individuals applying for a Michigan marriage license must apply for the license in the county in which the marriage will take place and one of the applicant’s must appear in person to apply. The out-of-state application fee is $30.00.
The Ogemaw County Clerk’s office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The office is closed for all legal holidays. Additional information may be acquired by calling 989.345. 0215.
Acquiring Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Ogemaw County keeps records of births and deaths that occurred in Ogemaw County. It also maintains the marriage license record for individuals that applied in Ogemaw County. Most records are available to anyone and this applies to death, marriage, or divorce records. Michigan birth records less than 100 years old are restricted to certain individuals.
For individuals needing vital records from other counties or the State of Michigan please see the information at the end of this section for relevant information.
Birth records are NOT public records and can only be obtained by the following persons:
An individual may apply in person or via the mail. Please provide the name, date of birth, place of birth, parent’s name (including the mother’s maiden name) and your return address & phone number if requesting by mail. The first certified copy is $10.00 and each additional copy is $5.00 ordered at the same time. All copies issued the Ogemaw County Clerk’s office are certified and have a raised seal. Payment must be included with the request for copies along with a copy of your driver’s license or photo identification. Please make the check or money order payable to County of Ogemaw.
- The individual named on the record
- The parents of the individual named on the record
- Legal guardian/legal representative (provide court order)
- An heir of the person named on the record
Requests should be mailed to: Ogemaw County Clerk, 806 W. Houghton Ave., Room 101, West Branch, MI, 48661.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The office is closed all legal holidays. You may contact 989.345.0215 with questions.
If you were adopted, your original Michigan birth record was sealed by a court. In this case, you can only obtain a copy of your birth certificate from the Michigan Department of Health. It will indicate your adopted name and adoptive parent’s names.
The Ogemaw County Clerk’s office has death certificates for individuals who died in Ogemaw County. Death certificates are public records and may be viewed by anyone. You will need to provide the name and date of death for the individual record you are requesting.
Death records may be ordered in person or via mail. The fee for the first certified copy is $10.00 and $5.00 for each additional certified copy at the time the first one is requested. You may download a request form or mail your request to: Ogemaw County Clerk, 806 W. Houghton Ave., Room 101, West Branch, MI, 48661. Please make your check or money order payable to the County of Ogemaw. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to expedite processing.
The Ogemaw County Clerk’s office only has marriage records for individuals who applied for their license in Ogemaw County. Marriage licenses are public record and can be obtained by anyone. You will need to provide the names of the parties as well as the date of the marriage.
Marriage license may be ordered in person or via mail. The fee for the first certified copy is $10.00 and $5.00 for each additional certified copy at the time the first one is requested. Mail requests should be sent to: Ogemaw County Clerk, 806 W. Houghton Ave., Room 101, West Branch, MI, 48661.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday –Friday. The Ogemaw County Building is closed for legal holidays. You may contact 989.345.0215 for more information.
For individuals needing vital records from other counties, you may contact the appropriate County Clerk’s office; or,
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, The Ogemaw County Clerk’s office is closed for state and federal holidays. You may contact the County Clerk’s office staff at 989.345.0215 for more information.
- Michigan Department of Health to order a record request online
- By phone at 517.335.8656
- To speak to a customer service representative
- To speak to a customer service representative about correcting a record at 517.335.8660
- Mailing address – Vital Records Request, POB 30721, Lansing, MI 48909
To order a record in person – 3423 North Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (1/2 mile north of Grand River Ave.)
Vital Certificate Request Form - For Marriage, Death & Birth Certificate Requests. (click here for form)
The Ogemaw County Clerk’s Office now accepts payment by credit/debit card. To pay by credit/debit card
- You must first contact the Clerk's Office, 989-345-0215
- Request a pay location code and amount
- Then you will be directed to call 888-604-7888 or log onto www.govpayexp.com (This will direct you to the GPS website) to submit your payment.