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County Clerk

Birth Certificates

Birth records for those born in Ottawa County, Michigan are recorded and filed in the Ottawa County Clerk's office. Birth certificates take approximately two to three weeks to process after the day the infant is born. Birth records are not public record and not accessible to anyone other than the parent, legal guardian, or the subject of the record. All requests require a valid government issued photo ID such as a driver's license.

How to Obtain a Certified Birth Certificate

Birth certificates can be requested in person, by mail or by fax and are not available to order online through this website.

In Person

  • At any of the Ottawa County Clerk locations (see right-side column).
  • Must present a valid driver's license or other government issued photo ID.
  • Fee is $15; additional copies of the same record are $6. Method of payment includes cash, check, money order or Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

By Mail

  • Complete the Certified Birth Certificate Application (PDF).
  • Include a CLEAR photo copy of a valid driver's license or other government issued photo ID.
  • Fee is $15; additional copies of the same record are $6. Method of payment includes checks/money orders payable to OTTAWA COUNTY CLERK.
  • Send the completed application and fee to the Fillmore Street location only:
    Ottawa County Clerk
    12220 Fillmore Street, Room 130
    P.O. Box 296
    West Olive, MI 49460

By Email

  • Complete the Certified Birth Certificate Application (PDF)
  • Include a CLEAR photo copy of a valid driver's license or other government issued photo ID.
  • Fee is $15; additional copies of the same record are $6. Please contact the County Clerk at (616) 994-4531 for payment method.
  • Scan the completed application and clear photocopy of a valid driver’s license or government issued photo ID and send to the following email address: countyclerk@miottawa.org. Call (616) 994-4531 for payment information.

By Fax

  • Complete the Certified Birth Certificate Application (PDF).
  • Include a CLEAR photo copy of a valid driver's license or other government issued photo ID.
  • Fee is $15; additional copies of the same record are $6. Visa, MasterCard or Discover only when faxing.
  • Fax the above to (616) 994-4538.

Filing a Home Birth

Home Births are filed at our Fillmore Street location. Please make an appointment between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Changes to a Birth Record

To change a birth record, add a father or verify a change as been made to a birth record please visit State of Michigan - Department of Community Health

Other State of Michigan Forms

Daniel C. Krueger,
CCO, MCCO
County Clerk/
Register of Deeds

Main Office

12220 Fillmore Street
Room 130
P.O. Box 296
West Olive, MI 49460
Phone: (616) 994-4531
FAX: (616) 994-4538
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm*

Other Locations

Grand Haven
414 Washington Ave, Rm 320
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 846-8310
Fax: (616) 846-8138
Fax Filing: (616) 846-8147
Monday - Friday:
8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm*

Holland
12251 James Street
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: (616) 494-5566
Fax: (616) 494-5495
Monday - Friday:
8am-11:30am & 12:30-5pm*

Hudsonville
3100 Port Sheldon Road
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 662-6085
Tuesday: 8:00am-12:00pm*