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

Applying for a Marriage License

Marriage License Affidavit

  • If both parties are present at least one applicant must be a legal resident of the county. Applicants can apply in either county.
  • If one person applies, the applicant present must be a legal resident of the county. If the legal resident does not appear the applicant must apply in his/her county of legal residence.
  • An out-of-state marriage license may be issued to applicants who BOTH live outside of the state.
    • They must apply in the county that the marriage will take place.
    • An additional fee of $10 is assessed to the applicants as an Out-of-State Marriage (OSML) license fee.
    • This option and fee does not apply if only one resident is from out-of-state.
  • It is at the discretion of the County Clerk to determine an inmate’s residency. Ionia County does not recognize inmates as residents of the county, unless proof can be provided the inmate resided in Ionia County immediately prior to incarceration. This determination is based upon the fact that Ionia County does not reflect incarcerated individuals as residents in the 2010 Census.
    • Neither the County Clerk nor the staff of the County Clerk will travel offsite to issue an Affidavit for License to Marry or a Marriage License.
    • If the applicant marrying an inmate is a resident of Michigan they must apply in their county of residence.
    • If the applicant is NOT a resident of Michigan they may seek to apply for a license in the county that the inmate resided in immediately prior to incarceration or in the county where he/she is currently incarcerated. Please contact that County for their requirements as certain procedures may vary from county to county.
    • Applicants may seek to obtain a court ruling allowing a marriage to take place. Documentation ordering the Clerk to issue the marriage license must be deemed as an original copy and must be presented to the Clerk.  The Clerk’s Office is prohibited from providing legal advice as to how to pursue this option.
  • The three-day waiting period may be waived by the Clerk if good and sufficient cause is shown.
    • Ignorance of the law is not deemed as good and sufficient cause.
    • The three-day waiting period is waived only for applicants serving in active duty in the U.S. Military or in cases of medical emergencies. Other situations are at the discretion of the Clerk.
    • A $10 fee will be charged to waive the three-day waiting period (MLWV).
  • Residency is determined by the address on the applicant’s driver’s license or Personal ID card.
  • If you have been married previously, you must provide your fully executed Judgment of Divorce(s) to prove you are free to marry.
  • Birth certificates in English are required for both applicants to apply.
  • Applicants who do not possess a social security number must complete an Affidavit of No Social Security Number. This form is to be completed by the applicant who does not possess a social security number.  The applicant must present a photo ID with signature.

Note that the application for a marriage license is a sworn affidavit.  Making false statements in the marriage license affidavit is an act of perjury which is a prosecutable offense. (MCL 551.108)

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.