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

  • Birth records 100 years or older can be issued to any applicant, unless the record is sealed
  • Birth records 99 years old to present can be issued as follows:
    • 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

To obtain a birth record for genealogy purposes, please visit the genealogy page for more information.


Certified copies of a birth record are $10 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy of the same record.

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.
  • 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

  • Mail requests are processed in 1-2 days

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

Janae K. Cooper

Janae K. Cooper
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
Mon: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
No genealogy on Tuesdays
Wed-Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.