The procedures governing inspection on vital records documents prepared by the State Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Statistics, are followed by the Leelanau County Clerk's Office.
Each individual making a request must present identification.
If you would like to check as to whether a name has been recorded with our office for a marriage or death, please click here and email the name and any pertinent dates for reference.
The Leelanau County Clerk's Office will allow inspection of Indexes of Marriages, Death and Divorce records on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, unless Circuit Court is in session. Space permits only two people researching the same record at one time. The Clerk reserves the right to deny inspections at any time if the same shall interfere with any other staff services to people.
Birth Indexes are not available for public inspection. We will, however, with proper identification, verify a birth record if it is on file in our office. Birth records have been recorded in Leelanau County since 1867.
Record Books of Marriages and Deaths, upon specific request, are available for inspection by an individual eligible to receive a certified copy of the record and who has a legitimate research interest in inspecting the record when the record of interest cannot be located in the place specified in the Index or when there is the possibility that the record may not have been properly recorded or indexed.
Upon written request and payment of a search fee, we can verify the following facts:
(a) Name or names of the individual to whom the vital record pertains
(b) The nature of the event
(c) The date of the event
(d) The place of the event
(e) The date of the filing
A Certified Copy of a Death, Marriage or Divorce record may be issued to any applicant upon payment of the fee. (Please refer to Fee Structure Page.)
A Certified Copy of a Birth record can be issued ONLY to persons specified in "Application form for Birth Certificate" upon payment of that fee. (Please refer to Birth Certificate Page for rules.)