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

Notary Public Information

A Notary Public is a person authorized by the state in which the person resides to administer oaths (swearing to truth of a statement), take acknowledgments, certify documents and to take depositions if the notary is also a court reporter. The signature and seal of a stamp of a notary public is necessary to attest to the truth of a person making an affidavit and to attest that a person has acknowledged that he/she executed a deed, power of attorney or other document, and is required for recording in public records. The Secretary of State of each state appoints notary publics for a specified term of years.

A Notary Pubic must see proof of identity (for example, driver’s license) of the person that is executing a document.

To Become a Notary Public

  • The applicant must have a completed bond and an application which can be obtained at an insurance company.
  • The applicant files the bond in the County Clerk’s Office and will sign the bond in the presence of the County or Deputy County Clerk.
  • The fee is $10. Checks or money orders can be made payable to: Ionia County Clerk. Credit card payments accepted.
  • Applicant must take an oath of office.
  • The County Clerk’s Office will initial and seal the application and return it to the applicant.
  • The applicant will then file the sealed application with the State of Michigan, along with another $10 fee. The mailing address to the State of Michigan will be on the application.

Attention: The new applications for Michigan Notary Public Commission and Attorney Reappointment state that incomplete and/or handwritten applications will be returned.

Learn More about becoming a Notary Public »

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.