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

Genealogy Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Ionia County Clerk’s Office has an area set aside for our genealogists! We welcome you to our office to review and search a number of books at your leisure. Due to limited space, we only allow two (2) people at a time in the genealogy area. You may call ahead and reserve the table by calling 616-527-5322. The Clerk reserves the right to limit genealogy hours based upon staffing and the court docket.

Due to the physical condition of the vital records, the Ionia County Clerk’s Office prohibits the direct review of all vital records (MCL 33.2895, Administrative Rule R325.3234, Subrule 4).

Only certified copies of records can be purchased. A certified copy of a birth, death or marriage record is $10 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy of the same record.

  • The birth and death records/certificates on file in the Ionia County Clerk’s Office go back as far as 1867
  • The marriage records on file in the Ionia County Clerk’s Office go back as far as 1837

Verifications of Records/Information

The County Clerk’s Office will verify information from two (2) records for you at no charge. For more than two (2) verifications:

  • Researchers must complete a Record Request form:
  • Each item verified will be $2
  • The verifications will be processed in 1-2 days and any requested records and/or verifications will be mailed to the return address listed on the request form

Genealogy Requests by Mail

To request copies of vital records (marriage, death and birth) for genealogy purposes:

  • Submit a Vital Records Request Form.
  • A check/money order made payable to: Ionia County Clerk
  • A self-addressed, postage paid envelope for the return of requested documents
  • Send the request form, check/money order and self-addressed envelope to: Ionia County Clerk’s Office, 100 W. Main Street, Ionia, MI 48846
  • Mail requests are processed in 1-2 days
  • If you wish to pay for the records by credit/debit card, see instructions below. If payment is made by a credit/debit card, please indicate this on the Request for Vital Records form.
How to Pay Online
  1. Go to GovPay
  2. Enter your name
  3. For Type of Fee, select Copy Fee
  4. Enter payment amount ($11 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy)
  5. Fill out payment information and click Process Payment

Local Genealogical and Historical Societies

Ionia Genealogical Society

Ionia Historical Society

State of Michigan Vital Records

County Clerk

Greg Geiger
County Clerk

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

Email:
clerk@ioniacounty.org

Phone:
(616) 527-5322

Fax:
(616) 527-8201

Hours:
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.