With more than 130 employees, serving a population of 1.2 million residents, the Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office is one of the largest and busiest offices in the state of Michigan.
Lisa Brown, Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds, is the official
"keeper of the record," responsible for overseeing the receipt, storage,
retrieval and safeguarding of public records -- including Circuit Court
legal documents; registration for small businesses; military discharge
forms; license applications to carry concealed pistols; and all records
relating to birth, death and marriage occurring in Oakland County.
Clerk also acts as Clerk to all official Oakland County boards,
including the Board of Commissioners and Election Commission. The Election Division
is responsible for printing ballots and maintaining the permanent
records of all countywide elections, regular elections and special
In addition, the Clerk/Register of Deeds office is responsible for the recording and management of more than 800,000 real estate documents per year.
the Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office is a leader in the
use of technology, scanning, storing and viewing millions of documents
electronically. A cutting-edge eFiling program that allows attorneys to
electronically file Oakland Circuit Court pleadings with the Legal
Division was launched and is the first step toward a "paperless" court
The duties of the County Clerk/Register of Deeds can be
traced to the Magna Carta (1215) in England, a constitutional document
considered a forerunner to America's Declaration of Independence.
Today, some of the millions of documents safeguarded by the Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds date back to the County's founding in 1820, when
less than 60 families lived within its borders and 17 years before
Michigan became a state. Oakland County's first clerk, Sidney Dole, was
appointed by territorial governor, Lewis Cass.
In 1958, the Clerk and Register of Deeds offices were combined
by action of the Oakland County Board of Supervisors. Oakland County is
one of a few Michigan's counties to operate a combined office.