Bay County Clerk

Cynthia A. Luczak

Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941
Voice: (989) 895-4280
Fax: (989) 895-4284

News & Events


 Sam Easter | By Sam Easter |
June 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM, updated June 24, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Bay County Clerk says she'll be ready should Supreme Court strike down gay marriage ban


BAY CITY, MI -- A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of gay marriage is expected any day now and Bay County ClerkCynthia Luczak says she'll be ready to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples should the nation's highest court strike down Michigan's gay marriage ban. Read more ...

 (Article courtesy of MLive)



 Sam Easter | seaster@mlive.comBySam Easter |

on May 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM, updated May 15, 2015 at 10:46 AM

With recall petition rejected, Bangor Township Supervisor Terry Watson announces retirement

BAY CITY, MI -- The Bay County Election Commission on Thursday, May 14, voted 3-0 to reject petition language aimed at recalling Bangor Township Supervisor Terry Watson.

Read more ...

(Article courtesy of MLive)


Sam Easter | By Sam Easter |

on May 04, 2015 at 2:00 PM, updated May 04, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Bay County leaders sound off on Prop 1, clerk encourages voters to turn out Tuesday

 BAY CITY, MI -- Bay County voters – and citizens around the state – cast their ballots on Proposal 1 Tuesday, May 5, capping off months of debate on a plan to fix Michigan's aging roads.

Bay County Clerk Cynthia Luczak said she isn't sure how the passionate discussion leading up to Election Day will translate in the voting booths. Read more ...

 (Article courtesy of MLive)


April 17, 2015 - Lansing.  Bay County Clerk Cynthia Luczak joins Gov. Snyder, Sen. Mike Green, Michigan State Police officials, legislative staff and lobbyists in the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 34 which revamped the Concealed Carry Weapon Permit process.





State Senator Mike Green, 2015 Miss Bay County, Mallory Rivard and Bay County Clerk, Cynthia A. Luczak

Bay County Clerk, Cynthia A. Luczak, celebrated the 61ST annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade with 129 other parade entrants and over 50,000 spectators.


Effective January 12, 2015- New internet services for those individuals unable to apply in person for a Bay County birth, death or marriage certified record.
VitalChek assists your ordering those records online 24/7/365 at your convenience from the privacy of your home or office at a minimal processing fee and postage rate established by the urgency of the matter.

Certified copies are $14 for the first record, $3 for additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time.
VitalChek processing fee of $10
Option (1) Postage $1 USPS regular mail
Option (2) Postage $19 UPS Next Day delivery

VitalChek is an online service authorized by the Bay County Clerk to securely order certified Bay County birth, death and marriage records.

Please visit www.vitalchek for additional information and the direct secure link to VitalChek.

Call Bay County Clerk (989)895-4280


September 17, 2014

Bay County Clerk to offer online ordering of Bay County certified Births, Deaths and Marriages starting January 2015.

Published MLive September 17, 2014

Cynthia A. Luczak, Bay County Clerk, visited Ms. Adcock's third grade glass at Hampton Elementary to explain the election process for the November 4, 2014 Election. Click to view notes from the class!

October 17, 2013

Bay County Clerk, Cynthia A. Luczak, and fellow Rotarian Claudia Weiler distribute dictionaries to Ms. Arnold's third grade class at Bangor West Elementary School. Students are photographed showing the longest word in the English language on the last page of their dictionaries, compliments of Bay City Rotary Club(s).

August 14, 2013

Bay County Clerk, Cynthia A. Luczak announces new public service offered at her office.

The Bay County Clerk’s office is pleased to announce a new public service offering: the Michigan Centralized Birth Certification System. The Michigan Centralized Birth Certification system is a collaborative effort between the Michigan Department of Community Health and County and City Vital Records Clerks to allow state certified copies of birth records to be issued at a local level. The system allows clerks to access birth records from 1935 to the present via a secure state application managed by the Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics. Local clerks may search for records not held in their local collections, print certified copies, and request modifications or additions to records that are incomplete or accurate. Bay County is one of a select few Michigan counties currently piloting the system which is expected to streamline services and provide more convenient access to certified copies of records that were previously only available through Michigan Department of Community Health in Lansing. Local clerks could potentially save on storage space, maintenance costs, and indexing fees, while providing faster service for area residents. Michigan’s implementation of the Michigan Centralized Birth Certification System has positioned the state years ahead of pending federal regulations concerning birth certificates and the issuance of official copies of these records, making Bay County a pioneer in record consolidation and centralization. Certified copies of birth certifications though the Michigan Centralized Birth Certification System may be obtained for $26.00 at the Bay County Clerk’s office. Applicants must have been born in Bay County and will need to provide photo identification to take advantage of this new local service.

Bay County Clerk partners in organ donation drive, has forms available in office

Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012, 7:15 AM

BAY CITY, MI — Bay County Clerk Cynthia Luczak is inviting local residents to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry through her office.

Luczak is partnering in a massive statewide campaign to add to the 2.5 million Michiganders who already are registered. Michigan ranks 45th nationwide in the percentage of adults who have officially recorded their wishes to donate their organs, eyes and tissue.

The national average is 42 percent of adults, while Michigan's is 30 percent. Statewide, about 3,000 patients are waiting for organs.

"There's a critical need for life-saving organs in our state, so Michigan needs more residents to commit to giving organs and tissue," Luczak said. "It could be the only chance some of us ever have to save a life, or give sight to the blind."

While Michiganders used to be able to declare themselves donors just by signing the back of their driver license or state identification, they now must take the extra step of joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, either at or by calling 800-482-4881, or by visiting a Secretary of State branch office.

Gift of Life Michigan is the state's only federally designated organ recovery organization and works with the Michigan Eye Bank, which handles cornea donations and transplants. One donor can provide up to eight organs, plus corneas and tissue for up to 50 people.

Donation forms are available now in the Office of the Bay County Clerk in the Bay County Building, 515 Center Ave., Bay City. Residents also can call the office at 895-4280 for more information.
(Article courtesy of MLive)

National Day of Prayer, May 5, 2011, was observed at the Bay County Building

The following area pastors and speakers led those in attendance in prayer:
Pastor Patty Mudd, Bay Valley Christian Church
Pastor John Leitner, Bay City River of Life Church
Pastor Loyd Ayers, Lighthouse Free Methodist Church
Pat Draves Aglow, International
Pastor John Boyer, New Life Missionary Church
Pastor Rick Webb, Fraser Road Church of God
Pastor Michael Baranek, In His Presence Ministries
Tonya VanTol, Bay Valley Christian Church
Brandon Taets, Bay Valley Christian Church
Pastor Matt VanderTol, Bay Valley Christian Church
Pastor Marco Salazar, Bay Valley Christian Church
Kathy Tarnosky, Bay Valley Christian Church
Anita Lohr, Bay Valley Christian Church
Pastor Mark Haines, Bay City Wesleyan Church

Photos courtesy of Tom Clark

The Bay County Clerk's Office is hosting a Passport Fair in Bay City, Michigan on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The Bay County Clerk's Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating "Passport Day in the USA" a national passport acceptance and outreach event. In addition, the office will be open for all other regular services for your convenience.

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PRESS RELEASE-August 31, 2009
Michigan Association of County Clerks
Supports Charitable Organization
Kalamazoo- The Michigan Association of County Clerks held their 101st Annual conference is Kalamazoo from August 23-26 this summer. The Clerks come together each year for their continuing education. For many years, the clerks have brought door prizes representing their communities, which would be given away to attendees during the conference. Diane Zuker, Clinton County Clerk and President of MACC suggested earlier this year that clerks consider doing something for others, by selecting a charitable organization to make contributions to. Members of the Association agreed with the idea. President Zuker with the help of Tim Snow, Kalamazoo County Clerk and 1st Vice-President of MACC selected Kalamazoo area Loaves and Fishes as the recipient. Anne Lipsey, Director of Loaves and Fishes was happy that their organization was selected as the beneficiary. Directory Lipsey noted that this is the busiest time of year for Loaves and Fishes with so many children at home during the summer break, President Zuker stated that the clerks plan to make this a tradition at their future conferences.


Cynthia Luczak, as your Bay County Clerk, supports many charitable events during her term of office. During this Memorial Day weekend golf outing, she sponsored a golf hole at the 1-800-BOARDUP golf outing which raised over $1400 for the Bay County Firefighters Association helping needy Bay County families.

On the road again! Cynthia A. Luczak will be taking her office to Bangor John Glenn High School, 3201 Kiesel Road, Bay City, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to process passport applications for any student, parent, teacher, administrator or member of the general public who wishes to apply for a U.S. Passport Book or U.S. Passport Card in compliance with the Western Hemisphere Initiative which requires all U.S. citizens to travel with the proper credentials after June, 1, 2009. Contact the Bay County Clerk’s office for more details.

On April 23, 2009, parents were invited to participate in the "Take Your Child to Work" day in county government. Clerk Luczak took her daughter, Megan, to the office which provided an opportunity for her to understand public service and various responsibilities of the profession. Beside the educational aspects, I know that Megan enjoyed lunch and the shopping too!


Bay County Clerk, Cynthia A. Luczak, took her office on the road to accept passport applications from the Bangor John Glenn Spanish class at Bangor John Glenn High School. Ms. Zagorski‘s class plans on visiting France and Spain in 2010. "I and my staff were honored to help facilitate the passport application process for these students at their own school. With the many time constraints placed on students and their families these days, it was much more convenient for the Clerk to go to the class instead of the class coming to the Clerk’s office in downtown Bay City. Ms. Zagorski was a pleasure to work with during this endeavor and it would surely be an adventure to travel with her" stated C. Luczak. "If 2010 was not a huge State Elected officer election year, I and my staff might consider tagging along!"


Clerk Luczak joined over 130 other St. Paddy’s Day parade entrants in Bay City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Center Avenue. This year celebrated the 55th anniversary of the annual march down Center Avenue.


In celebration of "March is Reading Month", Bay County Clerk Cynthia Luczak was privileged to participate in the program by appearing before the first grade class at Immanuel Lutheran School in Bay City. "I welcomed the opportunity to promote literacy in our community. I continue to support the Literacy Council of Bay County." stated C. Luczak.
Ms. Luczak read some poetry from the Caroline Kennedy Collection and spoke of the late President Kennedy. President Obama and the overall political process was discussed. Many of the first graders in this class had read and were familiar with Duck for President. It was a very enjoyable day for the students and Ms. Luczak.

The Bay County Clerk's Office is hosting a Passport Fair in Bay City, Michigan on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The Bay County Clerk's Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating "Passport Day in the USA" a national passport acceptance and outreach event. In addition, the office will be open for all other regular services for your convenience.

Bay County Clerk, Cynthia A. Luczak, introduced Bay City’s Annual Martin Luther King Celebration keynote speaker, Devon Gilliam of Essexville, to the Bay County Clerks Association at their January meeting. Mr. Gilliam took the opportunity to present his version of Dr. Martin Luther King’s "I Have A Dream" speech to the association.

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