How do I know what county to get my marriage license in?
The answer depends on whether or not you are a Michigan resident. If you are, you need to get your license in the county in which either you or your future spouse reside. The license can then be used anywhere in the state. If you are not a Michigan resident, you must obtain your license in the county where you will be married
Must witnesses to marriages be 18 years old?
Yes, witnesses are required to be 18 years of age or older.
How much does it cost to get a copy of a birth certificate?
All certified copies (birth, death or marriage certificates) are $13.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy of the same record purchased at the same time.
I live far away, how can I get a copy of my birth certificate? Do I have to come in person?
Requests may be made by mail by completing the forms that can be printed. You are required to send a copy of your driver’s license or state identification card with your request.
Can you obtain certified copies of marriage licenses or death certificates by mail?
Request can be made by mail by printing the on-line forms and mailing them to the Clerk’s office with the proper fees.
How long does it take to get a copy of a birth certificate or other document?
Requests made in person can be obtained generally within a few minutes at the Clerk’s office. Mail requests are generally filled within a day of receipt at Clerk’s office.
Can I get a copy of someone else’s birth, death, or marriage certificate?
Birth records are confidential and are available only to the person or parents of the person named in the record. If you are an heir, legal guardian, or legal representative of the person whose birth certificate you are requesting, additional documentation is required. Contact this office at (269)657-8218, Option 6. Death and marriage certificates are public records and available upon request.
I am adopted and want a copy of my original birth certificate. Can I get it from this office?
Adopted persons’ birth records are not always available through this office. Contact the
Michigan Department of Community Health in Lansing at (517)335-8656.
Why do I have to register my business name with the county?
Michigan law requires that persons who own, conduct or transact business in a county, register the business name in that county as a matter of public record.
My business has been incorporated with the state. Do I also have to file with the county?
No. Corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and non-profit organizations owned by corporations do not file at the county level.
How much does it cost to file my business name?
The fee is $10.00, and the certificate is required to be renewed every five years.
I have a DBA in another county and want to do business in Van Buren County, do I have to file a DBA there?
You are required to file a DBA in the county where the business is located, and you may
also file in Van Buren County. We will request to see and make a copy of the DBA filed in the home county.
Where can I apply for a passport in Van Buren County?
You can apply for a passport at the Van Buren County Department of Land Services at the Administration and Land Services Building, 219 Paw Paw Street, 3rd floor, in Paw Paw, from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Passport photos can also be taken there for a $10.00 fee.