Certified Copies of Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Records
Certified copies of vital records are available through the Clerks Office. All copies issued by this office are certified copies with a raised seal. The issuance of certified copies is governed by Michigan statutes. These statutes are available for inspection in the Vital Records office.
- $12 for the first copy of the record
- $5 for additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time
- $20 per copy of a judgment of divorce record
We accept cash, credit cards (subject to a small fee) or money orders. We do not accept personal checks. Thank you.
Requests may be made in person or by mail if the proper form, accompanied by the required fees (in the form of cash or money order made payable to Monroe County Clerk) and a photocopy of the front and back of the valid drivers license or state issued I.D. The request must be mailed to the Monroe County Clerks office at 106 E First Street, Monroe, MI 48161. Mail requests take approximately 7 to 10 business days. A self addressed, stamped, business envelope needs to be included as well. This is the form to fill out and send in: Certified Records Mail Order Form
Requests made in person at the Clerks office can usually be fulfilled the same day.
All certified records can be ordered online by going through our Online Services page. There will be an $11 shipping and handling fee charged through the provider for records ordered online. Orders placed are typically received and mailed the next business day.
Birth records for births occurring in Monroe County are available from the Clerks office beginning with the year 1874.
Birth certificates are confidential records and available only to the person or parents of the person named on that record. Additional documentation will be required of applicants stating they are an heir, legal guardian or legal representative of the person named on the record. Official, certified paperwork must be shown to us in these cases in order to release the documents.
This office requires a current valid driver's license or state issued ID as identification for birth certificate requests. If you do not have a valid ID the click on the link and find a list of alternative ID.
Records for deaths occurring in Monroe County are available from the Clerks Office beginning with 1867. These records are public and anyone can obtain a copy, but a valid Driver's License or State ID must be presented in order for us to release the records.
Marriage records are available beginning with the year 1818, for licenses applied for and subsequently filed with the Monroe County Clerk. These records are public and anyone can obtain a copy, but a valid Driver's License or State ID must be presented in order for us to release the records.
Judgments of Divorce
Certified divorce records can usually be obtained one week after they have been filed and signed by the Judge of record.