Request Process

In Person
If you have a smartphone, you can take a photo of both the completed application and valid driver’s license or state issued photo ID and email the County Clerk the images.

After request has been reviewed, the County Clerk’s Office will contact you to proceed with processing your credit/debit card payment.


  • Complete and sign the Birth Certificate Application Form (PDF).
  • Photocopy your valid driver’s license or state issued photo ID. The photocopy must be clear and readable.
  • Acceptable payment forms include cash, check, or money order.
Mail application, photocopy of your ID and appropriate fee to:
Grand Traverse County Clerk
400 Boardman Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49684

Photo Identification
If you do not possess a valid driver's license or state issued photo ID, please see page 2 of the application form for alternatives.

Processing Requests
We try to send out birth requests received by mail the same day or by the next business day. Birth records for newborn children are usually available within 2 weeks from the birth date.