Genealogy Research Service

COVID-19 Information

To reduce the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the safety of the public and staff, the Oakland County Clerks Office is closed to the public, except by appointment only. We strongly encourage you to utilize our online or by mail options before considering an in-person appointment. Please note, appointments are limited. See below for options in performing each service and read the corresponding web page carefully on how to proceed:

Appointments/Notice to callers - updated 6/16/2020

  • We are experiencing high call volumes. If you cannot reach an agent, please be patient and continue to call. You will not be able to leave a message. Phones are being answered between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • To schedule an appointment and for all questions for the Vital Records Office please call 248-858-0571. Appointments are limited. Please reserve in-person transactions for urgent matters only.
  • You may contact us with any questions at clerkvital@oakgov.com.

Attention Notary Publics: Per Executive Order 2020-131, notary commissions that expire between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 are extended until July 31, 2020. Per the Office of the Great Seal, when acting as a notary, cross off your expiration date, hand write the new expiration date, initial and add the directive. Example, "expires 7/31/2020, per EO 2020-131". (Be sure to initial your changes.)

Search Marriage & Death Records

This service allows you to search and order marriage and death records that have occurred in Oakland County. There is no fee for this service; fees are only applicable if you order a certificate.

Records available:

  • Marriage records may date as far back as 1868
  • Death records may date as far back as 1900 and are continuously being updated

Archived records that are not available through this search are available for research in person. You can search for Marriage records dating back to 1827 and Death records dating back to 1867. You may contact the Vital Records Division to obtain more information on how to do this.

Note: By law, birth records are not available to the public and may only be obtained by the individual named on the record or their parents.