Welcome to the Ionia County Clerk’s Office!

In order to provide efficient results to our visitors and to use taxpayer resources in the most economical way, the Ionia County Clerk’s Office uses a combination of in person, mail, email, and virtual methods of service. Our office has taken great strides to determine the best possible way of providing each service. Please call 616-527-5322, email clerk@ioniacounty.org or see the table below to find your service. Thank you and have a great day!

  • Mail or Email

    Save time and money, the services below do not require your presence and are done all by mail or email!

    • Birth Certificate Record Request
    • Marriage License Record Request
    • Death Certificate Record Request
    • Circuit Court Record Request
    • Filing for an Assumed Name
    • Filing for a Peddler’s License
    • Filing a Circuit Court Case
    • Filing a Circuit Court Document
    • Filing election paperwork
    • Paying Felony Court Fines and Costs
    • Filing a Personal Protection Order
  • In Person or Virtual Appointment

    These services do require your presence and may take some time, call ahead and get an appointment and we will have everything ready and waiting for you when you arrive!

    • Filing a new Birth Certificate
    • Filing for a new Concealed Pistol License
    • Filing for a Notary Application
    • Filing for a new Marriage License
    • Filing a Circuit Court Case
    • Filing a Circuit Court Document
    • Filing election paperwork
    • Filing a Personal Protection Order
    • Reviewing a Court Case
  • In Person – No Appointment

    These services do not require an appointment, but wait times may vary as we work you in around our visitors with appointments!

    • Filing a Personal Protection Order
    • Filing a Circuit Court Case
    • Filing a Circuit Court Document

Birth certificates will be on file in the county/state where the individual was born

  • Birth records 110 years or older can be issued to any applicant, unless the record is sealed
  • Birth records can be issued to the following:
    • to the individual who is the subject of the record
    • to a parent named on the record
    • to an heir
    • to a legal guardian upon proof of court order
    • a court order

No I.D. For Birth Certificate

  1. Provide ONE (1) Of These
    • Passport (with Photo and Signature)
    • Military I.D. (with Photo and Signature)
    • Employment I.D. (must have photo with a current paystub)
    • Student I.D. (must have Photo with a report card or school enrollment)
    • Department of Correction I.D. (Include probation papers, discharge
      papers; or proof of incarceration)

    If you can not provide any of the document’s listed, your parent(s) can get your birth certificate.

  2. Provide THREE (3) Of These
    • Social Security Card (MUST be signed)
    • Marriage License
    • Divorce Decree
    • IRS W-2
    • Your child’s birth certificate
    • A paycheck stub
    • Bank Statement
    • Voter Registration
    • Motor Vehicle Registration
    • Health Insurance Card
    • Utility Bill (gas/water/electric)
    • Doctor/Hospital/Dentist Bill


Certified copies of a birth record are $20 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy of the same record at the same time.

Please allow 5 business days for us to process your request. All requests will be processed in the order received. Thank you.

Requests by Mail

To request a copy of a birth record/certificate by mail:

  • Submit a Request for Vital Records form: Vital Records Request Form.
  • Submit a photocopy of your picture identification, such as a driver’s license.
  • A check or money order made payable to: Ionia County Clerk.
  • Credit/debit cards accepted
  • A self-addressed, postage paid envelope for the return of the record(s)
    Mail the above to:

Ionia County Clerk’s Office
100 W. Main Street
Ionia, MI 48846

For information on obtaining a vital record that is on file with the State of Michigan Department of Community Health, visit State of Michigan Vital Records.

County Clerk

Greg Geiger
County Clerk

Ionia County Clerk’s Office
100 W. Main Street
Ionia, MI 48846


(616) 527-5322

(616) 527-8201

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Genealogy Hours*
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Clerk’s Office is open for business during the noon hour. However, we recommend that you call our office first if you are planning on doing business during this time, as it is sometimes necessary to close the office during the noon hour when short-staffed.

*The Clerk reserves the right to limit genealogy hours based upon staffing and the court docket.