About the County Clerk

Mission Statement

Maintain public records for the citizens of Manistee County. Provide information requested in a proficient and timely manner.

Primary Functions

The Manistee County Clerk’s Office has three major functions:

  • Maintain Vital Manistee County Records
  • Election Coordinator for Manistee County
  • Clerk of the Circuit Court
    • Processes and maintains all Circuit Court files

Vital Records

The Clerk’s Office issues, indexes and records Vital Records such as Marriage Licenses, Birth Certificates and Death Certificates.

Election Coordinator

The Clerk’s Office is responsible for all Election Activities in Manistee County.

Clerk of the Circuit Court

As Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Clerk’s Office maintains the Circuit Court Records of the 19th Circuit Court, Juvenile Court and the Family Division of the Circuit Court.

Boards & Commissions

The County Clerk is also the Clerk for the Board of Commissioners and statutorily serves on numerous County Boards and Commissions.

Court Forms
Search for State of Michigan court forms, including Personal Protection Order forms on the Michigan Courts website.

Personal Protection Forms


Genealogy Research

Genealogy research is temporarily suspended.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. However, your health and welfare as well as our Staff are our main concern. Thank you for your understanding. Stay well.

Jill M. Nowak
Manistee County Clerk