Leelanau County Clerk

Michelle L. Crocker

A Special Message from Michelle L. Crocker, Leelanau County Clerk:

During the Leelanau County building closure to the public, the County Clerk’s Office will be fully staffed with limited public exposure. The phones will continue to be answered Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and all emails will be responded to.

There are a multitude of services that can be handled through the mail, such as:

  • Assumed Names, Co-Partnerships, Marriage Applications, Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses, Birth Certificates or Death Certificates

We will accept all new case filings either via the U.S. Postal Service or in person by appointment.  There is also a drop box located in the lobby of the Government Center that will be checked throughout the day. Court monies due will continue to be accepted via the mail or telephone.

  • All elections filings for County Office will continue to be received, as well as Precinct Delegate Affidavit. Please call in advance to schedule an appointment

Notary Applications will also be processed by appointment.

The County Clerk is the Register of County vital statistics.  Records and indexes are maintained on all Leelanau County births, deaths and marriages.

The Clerk's office accepts applications and issues all marriage licenses, reviews and records all county birth and death certificates and issues certified copies on request.

The County Clerk, as Chief Election Officer, supervises elections, receives and files county petitions, serves as a member of the County Election Commission, Clerk of the County Election Scheduling Committee and the County Board of Canvassers.  When federal and state elections are held, the County tabulates returns on election night.

The County Clerk is Clerk for the County Board of Commissioners, prepares Minutes of Board of Commissioner Meetings and presents communications.  While overseeing the Accounting Department, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining county expenditures and monitors county monthly claims, along with the administrator, which are approved by the Board of Commissioners.

All accounts payable checks and county payroll checks preparation, tax withholding deposits, and all necessary reports are done in the Clerk's Office; the County Clerk, as well as the County Treasurer, signs all county checks.

Various other duties of the County Clerk include: Passport Photo services; Clerk of the Gun Board and issuing Concealed Weapons permits after approval, filing Assumed Name or Co-Partnership Certificates for businesses and processing Notary Public Commissions.  The County Clerk also serves as a member of the County Plat Board, member of the County Apportionment Commission, filing of Veterans Discharges (DD-214 forms), granting Peddler's Licenses and processing of qualified Veterans Death Benefits checks, as well as doing all necessary oaths of office.

The County Clerk is the Keeper of many County Records.

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This page last updated on 6/29/2020.