Mission

To provide and promote efficient, timely, world class services at a fair cost to the residents of Wayne County, as well as other members of the public requiring our services. To carry out the statutory obligations of administering all Federal, State and County elections conducted in Wayne County. The Wayne County Clerk, among many other constitutional and statutorily mandated functions, serves as the Clerk of the Third Judicial Circuit Court and as keeper of the records for Wayne County.

The County Clerk is clerk of the Circuit Court and clerk of the following boards: the Board of Commissioners, Board of County Canvassers, Concealed Weapon Licensing Board, and County Plat Board. She serves as Secretary to the Board of Election Commissioners and is also a statutory member of the Wayne County Apportionment Commission. Other functions of the Clerk are primarily recordkeeping in nature. For example, she must keep transcripts of births and deaths, issue marriage licenses, record and index all business assumed names, co-partnership certificates, notary public appointments, and discharge of military personnel.

***Please Note: Due to required maintenance to the State of Michigan's CPL program, we are unable to process CPL applications on the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, ONLY.***

News & Events

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Wayne County Clerk’s Office to Begin Accepting Death Records from Grosse Pointe Farms
Wayne County Clerk’s Office to Begin Accepting Death Records from Grosse Pointe Farms
Friday, April 07, 2017
All death certificate filings for the city of Grosse Pointe Farms will be the responsibility of the Wayne County Clerk's Office, effective May 1, 2017.
New Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS)
New Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS)
Monday, March 28, 2016
The Wayne County Clerk's Office Recently Implemented the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS)
Wayne County Clerk Obtains City of Detroit Birth and Death Records
Wayne County Clerk Obtains City of Detroit Birth and Death Records
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Added Benefit to Wayne County Residents
New Case Types Are Now Added to Mandatory E-Filing System
New Case Types Are Now Added to Mandatory E-Filing System
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Earlier this year, Wayne County Clerk, Cathy M. Garrett steadfastly worked to deliver on her promise of offering enhanced services to the Third Judicial Circuit Court.
Clerk Garrett Trailblazes a Path for Innovative E-filing System
Clerk Garrett Trailblazes a Path for Innovative E-filing System
Thursday, October 06, 2011
In a collaborative effort, Wayne County Clerk, Cathy M. Garrett,worked closely with Virgil Smith, Chief Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court, to deliver on her promise of offering enhanced services to the Third Judicial Circuit Court.
New Cutting-Edge Online Campaign Finance System  - Training Events
New Cutting-Edge Online Campaign Finance System - Training Events
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
In an effort spearheaded by Wayne County Clerk Cathy M.Garrett, Wayne County will be implementing a brand new, state-of-the-art campaign finance system.
Wayne County Clerk's Office Discontinues Passport Services Due to Low Volume
Wayne County Clerk's Office Discontinues Passport Services Due to Low Volume
Monday, May 16, 2011
The Wayne County Clerk's current active Passport Acceptance Agency status will be deactivated - indefinitely - at close of business on Friday, May 27, 2011.