County Clerk

For your convenience, Mecosta County Clerk now offers "Online" and "Call Center" orders for Birth, Death and Marriage records using your credit card through an approved and secure internet/call center ordering service called VitalChek Network Inc. VitalChek offers the convenience of ordering vital records for your family from the privacy of your home or office, on an expedited basis, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

VitalChek charges a $12.95 processing fee in addition to the Mecosta County Clerk's fee of $10.

Click HERE to order online.

To order through the Call Center:
- Toll Free: 888-568-9145
- Toll Free Fax: 888-985-7413

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Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To obtain a marriage license:

  • Birth Certificates for each party.
  • Divorce Decrees (When applicable)
  • Mecosta County resident.
  • 18 years of age.
  • Out-of-State residents must apply in the County where they will be married.
  • License issued after a three day waiting period. (Valid for 30 days)


Michigan Residents.................$20


Check made payable to:

400 Elm St.
Big Rapids, MI 49307


For more marriage license information, please call (231) 592-0783

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Birth records are not public records and can only be obtained by the individual or the parents of the individual either in person or through the mail.


Mecosta County certified copies of births, deaths and marriage licenses can be ordered online with a credit card thru VITALCHECK.

In Person:

Fill out a request form and may be asked to show I.D.

By Mail:

Complete a request form and send name, birthdate, place of birth, father’s name, mother’s maiden name, signature, return address, copy of driver's license and the proper fee in a check or money order.

Certified copies of death and marriage records are also available at the County Clerks Office.


$10.00 for the first copy and $5.00 for each additional copy of the same record. Check made payable to:

400 Elm St.
Big Rapids, MI 49307


For more vital record information, please call (231) 592-0783
request form (Birth Certificate, Marriage License, Death Certificate)
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A form from the County Clerk’s Office must be completed.

If there is more than one owner, all owners must sign the business registration form, in the presence of a Notary Public.

If the business is owned by a Corporation, a copy of the corporate papers is required (first and last pages only, with signatures of corporate officers).

If registering the name of a franchise, include a copy of the Franchise Agreement (first and last pages only.)


A $10.00 check made payable to:

400 Elm St.
Big Rapids, MI 49307


For more assumed name information, please call (231) 592-0783
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You must be 18 years of age or older, a Michigan resident, and reside in Mecosta County.

Applicant must purchase a $10,000 bond from an insurance company. Bond is then filed with the County Clerk along with a $10.00 filing fee. Applicant fills out a notary application form given to them by the Clerks’ staff or downloaded from the Secretary of State.

Completed application must contain County Clerk’s seal and signature. The application form must then be sent by the applicant to the “State of Michigan” along with a check or money order in the amount of $10.00.

Notary commission will be sent directly to the applicant and will be valid for 6 to 7 years.

For more notary public information, please call (231) 592-0783

Notary Application

  • Concealed Pistol License.....................$115
  • Court Section Fees:
    • Filing Fee...................................$175
    • Motion Fee.................................$20
    • Certified Copy Fee (1st page)....$10
    • Each Additional Page.................$1
    • Record Copy Fee (per page).....$1
  • Record Search Verification...................$5

Note: Please make all checks or money orders payable to Mecosta County Clerk's Office.

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As of 12/1/2015, to apply for a “CPL” an applicant must submit:
An updated CPL Application, found at
Training Certificate, current within 5 years of application date

  • New Applicant $115 (includes $15 fingerprinting fee)
  • Renewal Applicant $115 (must apply within 1 year after expiration date)
  • Re-Application $115 – for a license that has been expired more than a          year, applicant must retake training course and be reprinted

Michigan Firearm Laws can be found at

CPL Facts:

  • Once approved the CPL License must be mailed to the applicant’s address.
  • The clerk has 45 days from the date of fingerprints on a new or reapplication to issue or deny a CPL, and 30 days on renewal applications.
  • If the applicant fails to get fingerprints within 45 days, the license automatically becomes “withdrawn”.
  • CPL holders can apply for a renewal up to 6 months before expiration of current license.
  • No picture is needed; your driver’s license picture will be uploaded to your CPL. In the event your driver’s license picture cannot upload, there will be an $8 picture fee.