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Macomb County Clerk's Office FAQs

Welcome to the "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website.  Here we try and answer some of your most frequently asked questions regarding services and information provided from the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Offices.

Click on the links below to view "Frequently Asked Questions" by department:

Birth Records Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Birth Records "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions about obtaining birth records in Macomb County.

CLICK HERE to return to the Birth Records Information home page.

Who can purchase a birth certificate?

The person and their parents listed on the record.

What identification is needed to get the birth certificate?

A valid driver's license or Michigan Identification card is required.

What if I do not have a valid driver's license or Michigan Identification card?

Then you are required to have three (3) pieces of different documentation showing your name (i.e. passport, insurance card, car registration).

What is the cost of a birth certificate?

The fee is $15.00 for the first certified copy and $5.00 for each additional certified copy of the same record.

How can I request a birth certificate?

You can purchase the birth certificate in person, by mail, fax-on-demand or online by visiting our safe and secure online ordering system.

I was born in a state other than Michigan; how can I obtain my birth certificate?

Each state capital maintains vital records for each county in their state. You would need to contact them or the County Clerk in the county you were born in.

Where can I obtain a birth certificate for my children and myself?

Birth certificates are obtained in the county where the birth occurred.

Business Registrations Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Business Registrations "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions when registering a business under an assumed name, searching for a business or obtaining a certified copy of a Macomb County business registration.

CLICK HERE for "Starting a Business" Frequently Asked Questions

CLICK HERE to return to the Business Registrations home page

How can I check if my new business name is available ?

You can search our website by clicking Search for Business Registrations.

How can I obtain a business registration form?

CLICK HERE to download the Sole Proprietorship certificate with instructions. CLICK HERE to download the Co-Partnership certificate with instructions. Or you may print the required business form on your fax machine. If you are calling from within Michigan, call 888-99-CLERK. If you are calling from out-of-state, call 310-575-5035. Request document 3150 for a Sole Proprietorship certificate with instructions. Request document 3155 for a Co-Partnership certificate with instructions.

Can I find the name of a business if I know the owner's name?

Yes, select this link to search by owner's name.

Can I find the owner's name if I know the business name?

Yes, select this link to search by business name.

How much does it cost to register a business name?

The fee is $10.00 to register a business name.

What do I have to do if I change the address of the business?

The fee is $10.00 to change the address. The form is available in the Clerk's Office or click HERE to download the Change Of Address Form.

Concealed Pistol License (CPL) Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Concealed Pistol License (CPL) "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions about obtaining a CPL in Macomb County.

CLICK HERE to return to the Concealed Pistol License Information home page.

How much does it cost to get a CPL?

The application kit is free. The Concealed Pistol License Processing Fee is $100 for new applicants or $115 for renewal applicants.  If fingerprinting is done by the County Sheriff, the additional $15 fingerprinting fee is paid to the clerk at the time of application.  Methods of payment accepted: cash, check, money order and credit cards. Make checks or money orders payable to: Macomb County Clerk.

Where can I obtain a Concealed Pistol License Application Kit?

The Concealed Pistol License Application Kit is available at your local Police Department, the Macomb County Sheriff's Department, or the Macomb County Clerk's Office. CLICK HERE for current clerk's office hours. Extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. You can also download the Concealed Pistol License Application by clicking HERE.

Where do I get fingerprinted?

Fingerprinting must be done within 45 days from the day you submit your application at the County Clerk’s Office. You must have your receipt with you when you get fingerprinted.  If choosing to be fingerprinted by the County Sheriff, that is done so at the Records Department, 43565 Elizabeth Road in Mount Clemens. CLICK HERE for Directions. 

Who is required to take training?

Training is required for all new applicants and any renewal applicants that had a CPL prior to July 1, 2001, and applicants renewing for the first time after July 1, 2001.

Who is excluded from training?

The training required is waived for an applicant who is a retired peace officer. Proof of retirement is required at the time of application. The training requirement for an active duty law enforcement officer is to present a letter on department stationary indicating that you have met the necessary training requirements and/or qualifications and are in good standing with the department.

Where do I go for training?

Call the National Rifle Association (NRA) or an affiliated club at 1-800-672-3888 and ask to be directed to the Education & Training Department.

What is the status of my CPL application?

If you are a new CPL applicant you should receive your license within 45 days of the application date.  If you are a renewal CPL applicant you should receive your license within 30 day of the application date.  If you have not received your license after that time you may call us to check on your status.

What happens if I lose my CPL?

If your CPL license is stolen, report that to your local police department. You may obtain a replacement license from the Clerk's Office for $10. Bring your government-issued picture ID (drivers license, etc) and the fee along with a copy of the police report and a new permit will be re-issued to you.

  • CLICK HERE to make an appointment using the "FastPass" system.
  • CLICK HERE for hours and directions to the Clerk's Office.

What happens if I move WITHIN Macomb County after I receive my CPL?

The permit is still valid until it expires, but you are required to have your current address updated with the county in which your permit was issued.

What happens if I move OUT of Macomb County (still within the state of Michigan) after I receive my CPL?

The license is still valid until it expires. After expiration, you would apply in the county in which you reside.

Death Records Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Death Records "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions about searching and obtaining death records in Macomb County.

 

How can I find out if someone died in Macomb County?

CLICK HERE to search the death record database.

Who can purchase a death certificate?

Anyone can purchase a death certificate because they are public record.

How much is a death certificate?

The fee is $15.00 for the first certified copy and $5.00 for each additional certified copy of the same record.

Can I purchase a death certificate from my local city office?

If a person died in Eastpointe, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights or Warren, you can contact that city directly.

If a person lived in Macomb County, but died in another county in Michigan, where do I get the death record from?

Death certificates are obtained in the county where the death occurred.

Election Department Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Election Department "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions about elections, voting and registration.

CLICK HERE to return to the Election Department home page

I will not be able to vote in person on Election Day. How do I obtain an absent voter's ballot?

By making a request in writing to the election official responsible for administering the election. The written request may be on a preprinted application form supplied by your city/township, in a letter or on a postcard. A written request must include a statutory reason why you will be eligible to receive an absentee ballot and your signature. Call your city/township clerk and ask for an absent voter's ballot application. You may vote absentee if you are registered to vote and are 60 years of age or more, unable to vote without assistance, expect to be absent from your community for the entire time the polls are open, are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial, have been appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence or unable to attend the polls due to religious beliefs.

How do I have my name placed on the permanent absent voter list?

Permanent absent voter lists are maintained by city and township clerks. Contact your clerk and asked to be placed on the permanent absent voter list. The clerk will then mail you an application for absent voter's ballot before each election.

Is my voter registration permanent?

Yes, however, you must reregister if you move from one community to another.

I registered to vote but have not received my voter I.D. card -- when will I receive one?

The issuance of voter I.D. cards is a function of your city or township clerk. It would be necessary to contact your city or township clerk to determine when or if your card was mailed.

Where do I vote on Election Day?

You may determine your polling location by checking the voter I.D. card issued by your city or township clerk. If you have misplaced your card, you may phone your city/ township clerk or this office at (586) 469-5209. Polling place information is available on this website by clicking on the "Polling Locations" title bar and also the Secretary of State's Voter Information Center at www.michigan.gov/sos.

Can I "split my ticket" in a primary election?

No. Michigan Election Law does not require you to publicly declare a political party preference before voting in state primary elections, however, you may vote only for candidates from one political party on the partisan ballot. In a state general election you may chose from candidates of any political party as well as candidates without party affiliation, commonly known as independent candidates.

May I receive assistance when voting?

Yes. Under state law, you may request assistance from the precinct board for voting assistance. When a voter asks the precinct board for voting assistance, two election inspectors who have expressed a preference for different political parties must provide the needed help. Under federal law, a voter who is blind, disabled or unable to read or write may be assisted with his or her ballot by any person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a union the voter belongs to.

May I bring my child with me to vote?

Yes. A minor child may accompany a voter in the voting booth at an election. Anyone under the age of 18 years is regarded as a minor child under state election law.

I would like to become an election inspector (election worker), how do I become appointed?

City/township election commissions appoint election inspectors. Contact your city or township clerk and ask for an election inspector application. Election inspectors must be registered voters in the county in which he or she is appointed to serve.

CLICK HERE for additional Elections and Voting Frequently Asked Questions.

Jury Room Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Jury Room "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions about serving as a juror in Macomb County.

CLICK HERE for to return to the Jury Room Information home page

What time does a juror have to arrive?

Jurors must be in the Jury Assembly Room on the 5th Floor of the Macomb County Circuit Court Building, 40 North Main, Mount Clemens between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.

How long does jury duty last?

A typical day is 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with lunch from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. and two 15-minute breaks. Jury duty is one day or one trial whichever is longer.

Are jurors allowed to bring cell phones, pagers and lap top computers?

You are welcome to bring your cell phone, a laptop computer, a radio with headphones, or other things to quietly occupy your time. As an added service, Wireless Internet Service is available. Lockers are also available (25 cents fee) for personal belongings. If you are selected as a juror on a court case, cell phones and pagers must be shut off before entering the courtroom.

Can jurors bring food for lunch?

Yes, you can bring your own food. There is a cafeteria located in the Court Building where jurors can get items for breaks and lunch.

Marriage License Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Marriage License "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions about applying for and requesting a copy of a marriage license.

CLICK HERE for to return to the Marriage License Information home page.

Do both of us have to come to the Clerk's Office to apply for a marriage license?

No, only one person is required to be here. They should bring a valid driver’s license or Michigan Identification card showing residency in Macomb County.

Do we have to take a health class, HIV class or blood test?

No, these are no longer requirements by the State of Michigan.

Do we need to bring our birth certificates with us?

No, but all of the required information is on the birth certificate.

Can we get married in your office?

No, you need to contact a wedding chapel in the yellow pages or the district court in the community where you live.

Where can I find a Justice of the Peace?

There is no longer a Justice of the Peace.

Do we have to come back to pick up the marriage license?

Yes, if you applied online; and no, if you applied by fax or mail.

If you used the Online Marriage Application system, you will come to the Macomb County Clerk's office. The clerk will print your application form, you will sign it, and the clerk will notarize your signature. You must bring your driver’s license or state photo identification card. Only the bride or groom needs to attend (both are welcome to do so), but the person who comes must be a Macomb County resident.

If you applied by fax or mail, then no, a marriage license need not be picked up in person. Once the marriage license application form is completed, the County Clerk will mail the marriage license to applicants who request to have their marriage license sent via First-Class U.S. Mail.

A marriage license may still be picked up in person. The most common reason to pick up a marriage license in person is if the license was applied for within ten days of the marriage and there might not be time for the marriage license to be sent via the mail. Only one marriage participant must come back to the County Clerk's Office. That person must bring the receipt given at the time of application. If you misplaced the receipt, your driver's license would be required.

It is important at the time you receive your marriage license that you review it to make sure all of the information on the license is typed correctly. If there is an error and you find it after the license is signed by the person performing the marriage ceremony, then a Circuit Court case would have to be opened to make the correction.

How does a spouse change her last name?

You may sign the marriage license with your spouse’s last name if that is the name you intend to take after you become married, but in order for it to become legal and valid, you must get your name officially changed with the Secretary of State (1-888-767-6424) and Social Security Administration (1-800-772-1213). These branch offices MAY NOT accept the copy you signed on your wedding day. In order to get a certified copy from our office, submit a request form (located on the other side of this document) and the appropriate fee ($15 for the first copy, $5 for each additional copy), and we will mail you certified copy of your marriage license that you can use at the Social Security Administration and Secretary of State.

Military Discharge Records Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Military Discharge Records "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions about filing Military Discharge Papers and obtaining a certified copy of a Macomb County Military Discharge Record. CLICK HERE for to return to the Military Discharge Records Information page

CLICK HERE for to return to the Military Discharge Records Information page

What do I need to get a copy of my DD214 if I did register it in your office?

A valid driver's license is required (no copy fee required.)

If I don't know if I registered by DD214, how do I get a copy?

If unsure of where a discharge was filed, write to National Personnel Records Center, Military Records Branch, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132 or visit their website www.archives.gov/veterans/

Notary Public Commission Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Notary Public "Frequently Asked Questions" page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find answers to typical questions about how to verify whether a person is a Notary Public and how to qualify for a Notary appointment. CLICK HERE to return to the Notary Public Commission Information page.

CLICK HERE to return to the Notary Public Commission Information page.

Where can I verify if someone is a Michigan notary public?

The Michigan Secretary of State offers a search option on their website. The information includes the individual's full name, county of appointment, appointment date, notary public expiration date, and status. To search their database, CLICK HERE.

What are qualifications to become a notary?

  • Be at least 18 years old;

  • Be a Michigan resident or maintain a place of business in Michigan;

  • Be a US citizen or possess proof of legal presence;

  • Be a resident of the county in which you request appointment;

  • For non-Michigan residents, maintain a principle place of business in the county where you request appointment;

  • Read and write in the English language;

  • Be free of any felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, or convictions for violating the Notary Public Act;

  • Not be imprisoned in any state, county or federal correctional facility. 

What do I do if I lost my notary commission certificate?

If your certificate has been lost or destroyed and you would like to replace it, you may request a duplicate by submitting a written request to the Office of the Great Seal with a $10.00 processing fee. Location: Office of the Great Seal, 108 South Washington Square, Suite 1, Lansing, MI 48918-1750. CLICK HERE for directions and hours.

What do I do if I need to change my name or my address?

If you legally change your name or your address after you have been commissioned as a notary public, or if your commission certificate contains an error, you must immediately notify the Office of the Great Seal at 888-SOS-MICH (888-767-6424) or by completing the "Request for Duplicate/Notice of Change Form." CLICK HERE to download this PDF. There is no need to reapply, and there is no charge to correct your records.

How do I obtain a bond?

You can contact your own insurance company or refer to your yellow pages under Bonds.

Can I notarize in other counties?

Yes, you can notarize throughout the state of Michigan once you have taken your oath of office. When you are in another county, other than the county you reside in, you must always include in your notarization "Acting in (name of county you are notarizing in) County."

Do I have to purchase a stamp and seal?

State law in Michigan does not require you to have a stamp or seal, but for documents that are going out of the state or out of the country it is required.

How do I obtain my stamp and seal?

You can obtain your stamp and seal through any office supply store or the company that you purchased your bond through.

Does the county notify me when my commission is going to expire?

No, the county does not. That is up to the notary public to obtain an application and reapply.

When do I reapply for my notary?

A person can apply no sooner than 60 days prior to the expiration of their current notary commission.

Can I fax my notary application to the Clerk's Office?

No. The only method the Clerk's Office will accept is in person.

If after you have fully viewed our F.A.Q.'s and still have a question, call us at 586-469-5205 or e-mail us at: clerksoffice@macombgov.org .