Effective February 28, 2017 the Clerk’s Office will be closed for the lunch hour (12-1 p.m.) until further notice.
Bay County Clerk Office
The Bay County Clerk files and maintains all vital records including Birth, Death and Marriage certificates. Records date back as far as 1867.
Genealogy is researched Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m. Business professional names on assumed names and co-partnership forms are also issued from the Clerk.
The County Clerk serves as the Chief Election Officer and maintains an accreditation with the State of Michigan. The Clerk programs Optical Scan voting equipment to be utilized in every election. Legislation effective 1/1/05 places the County Clerk in charge of all school elections.
The County Clerk, with the assistance of local clerks, maintains a highly advanced statewide voter registration system known as QVF, the Qualified Voter File. Many states have followed the lead of Michigan election officials in this technology.
Campaign Finance reporting is held accountable under the watchful eye of the Clerk who files and scrutinizes reports of candidates, ballot question committees, and independent committees.
The office also secures military discharge records, verifies notary public applications for the state, and concealed weapons permits.
The County Clerk is also Clerk of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court and maintains all court files.
The Clerk is a member of various committees by virtue of the office including: Plat Board; Gun Board; Board of Canvassers; Apportionment Committee; Election Commission; and Bay County Board of Commissioners.
THE BAY COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE NOW ACCEPTS CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS FOR IN PERSON TRANSACTIONS
IN ORDER TO PERFORM OUR STATUTORY DUTIES AS WELL AS SERVE THE PUBLIC, OUR LIMITED PUBLIC SERVICES HOURS WILL BE:
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
9:00 AM UNTIL 12:00 PM
1:00 PM UNTIL 4:00 PM.
CONTACT BY TELEPHONE WILL BE SUSPENDED DURING THE MORNING HOURS WHILE WE SERVE THE PUBLIC, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
DUE TO ELEVATED COVID-19 CASES, WE ARE ENCOURAGING CUSTOMERS TO CONDUCT BUSINESS BY MAIL.
PLEASE SEND PHOTO ID AND A CHECK WITH VITAL DOCUMENT REQUEST TO:
BAY COUNTY CLERK
515 CENTER AVENUE
BAY CITY, MI 48708
S.O.S. News Update - Online Voter Registration is Live, Presidential Primary Series, and More
Click here for more information.
To use this convenient website, visitors must currently have a Michigan Driver’s License or Personal Identification Card
and qualify to vote in the state of Michigan (i.e., citizen, age, residency).
Are you ready for Real ID? Click here for more information.
Voter Registration Statistics
METHODS OF PAYMENT
We accept cash, checks and U.S. money orders at this time.
For your convenience an ATM machine is located outside of our 1st floor office. ** Coming Soon ** Credit Cards to be accepted
Wednesday & Thursday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Computer terminals are available daily. Record retrieval will be limited to Wednesday and Thursday due to staff reductions.
BAY COUNTY DIRECTORIES
"Know Your County Officials", Current (2019) County Directories available at the Clerk's Office - FREE
2016 Bay County Plat Books are available for purchase - $30.00 Each
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