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, marriage and divorce; concealed pistol applications, Notary, registration of DBA (Doing Business AS) and DD214 (discharge from military).
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.
Online land record searching & printing options
Tapestry, occasional searchers online search option:
- Tapestry- $6.95 for a per name/legal description search copies are $1.00 per page, click here (https://www.landrecords.net )
Laredo, professional searchers subscription based:
- Laredo-for a subscription-based account, please contact
Chief Deputy Register of Deeds
Phone: (989) 344-3203
The public also has access to land records by using the public computers located at the Crawford County Register of Deed’s office.
Property Fraud Alert
Property Fraud is when someone illegally uses your property for financial gain. It occurs when someone files a fraudulent document in the Register of Deed’s Office against your property, making it look like they own your home or property.
According to the FBI, this is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. The residents of Crawford County may now take advantage of a new, FREE service being offered by the Crawford County Register of Deed’s office to help protect people against property fraud. Participants may choose whether to receive their alerts via e-mail or by phone.
Jamie McClain, County Clerk & Register of Deeds is very excited to offer the citizens of Crawford County this service free of charge. This alert system will provide an early warning for subscribers to become aware of what may have otherwise gone undetected.
Sign up for free today: https://pfa.fidlar.com/MICrawford
County Clerk’s Office
County Clerk & Register of Deeds
Phone: (989) 344-3200
Chief Deputy Clerk
Phone (989) 344-3206
Chief Deputy Register of Deeds/Deputy Clerk
Phone (989) 344-3203
Phone (989) 344-3207
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)