Crawford County Clerk and Register of Deeds
The mission of the Crawford County Clerk and staff is to maintain the integrity of Crawford County vital records and elections and provide other quality services to the public. We will utilize the best available technology while maintaining a friendly customer-oriented office.
The County Clerk/Register of Deeds is the general recorder for numerous official County records.
Vital Records handles records of birth, death and divorce; concealed weapons permits, marriage licenses, registration of DD214 (discharge from military) Notary and Passports.
Legal Records handles the filing of all civil cases over $25,000 for the 46th Judicial Circuit Trial Court and processes all felony criminal cases bound over from District Court. Also processes appeals from other agencies such as Probate Court, MESC and driver’s license restoration cases and provides personal protection orders. Other activities include processing of change of venue cases to and from Crawford County Circuit Court, collecting bond money for criminal and civil cases, handling new attorney admissions to the State Bar, releasing certificates for construction liens, issuing veteran’s vending permits, and managing record traffic control orders.
Register of Deeds
Register of Deeds serves as the repository for real and personal property documents. The Register of Deeds records, indexes and provides access to land transactions such as deeds, mortgages, etc., and certain personal property filings known as UCC transactions, oil and gas, mineral rights, liens.
History Of The Crawford County Clerk’s Office
The duties of the county clerk/register of deeds have roots back to the times of the Magna Carta in England. Historically, state government has placed the responsibilities of receiving, storing, retrieving and safeguarding the public records upon the county’s clerk and register of deeds by statute. These duties consist of maintaining all circuit court legal records, registration of some business entities, recording military DD 214 forms for our veterans, processing license applications to carry concealed pistols, and all records relating to birth, death, and marriage, occurring in Crawford County.
In addition, the Clerk also acts as clerk to all official county boards, including the Board of Commissioners and Elections Commission. Some of the millions of documents safeguarded by the Crawford County Clerk/Register of Deeds date back to 1879, the year Crawford County was organized. The offices of county clerk and county register of deeds are combined as allowed by law and is one of 31 Michigan counties to operate a combined office.
Crawford County Register of Deeds is responsible for the recording and management of all real estate documents per year with literally thousands of documents stored dating back to the original U.S. government land patent.
County Clerk’s Office
County Clerk & Register of Deeds
Phone: (989) 344-3200
Chief Deputy Register of Deeds
Chief Deputy Circuit Court Clerk
200 W Michigan Ave.
Grayling, MI 49738
Phone: (989) 348-2841
Fax: (989 344-3223
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
(closed 12pm – 1pm for lunch)