Lookup Public Records in Benzie CountyMichigan. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Benzie County, Michigan Overview

Benzie County is located along the west coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, on the banks of Lake Michigan. Comprised of only 860 square miles, over 63% of the county is actually water. The smallest county in Michigan according to land area, it has a total of 17,428 people according to the 2013 census. Bordered to the north by Leelanau County, the east by Grand Traverse County and the South by Manistee County, it also includes a portion of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Benzie County also has 11 zip codes, including: 49613, 49616, 49617, 49628, 49630, 49635, 49640, 49643, 49650, 49683 and 49684.

Benzie County Officials Information

The County Clerk in Benzie County also serves as the Court Clerk and is in charge of public records.
Benzie County Clerk: Dawn Olney
448 Court Place, Beulah, MI 49617
Phone: 231-882-9671
Toll Free Phone: 800-315-3593
Fax: 231-882-5841
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Closed Legal and County Holidays

The County Clerk issues marriage licenses, birth certificates, death certificates, concealed pistol permit applications, assumed names certificates, veterans peddler licenses, certified copies of official documents and assumed name dissolution certificates as well as filing military discharge orders and serving as a notary public. She is also able to answer questions and help with genealogy requests but not with any forms or legal advice. There are fee schedules and forms for information available online (such as dissolution of assumed business name, business registration, application for appointments and marriage applications as well as vital records requests) however these are not available online and must be requested in person during normal business hours.
In Benzie County the Register of Deeds records warranty deeds, quit claim deeds, administrator, tax and sheriff’s deeds, mortgages, patents, mineral deeds, oil and gas leases, plats and restrictions, liens, rights of way, circuit court and probate orders, condominium documents, land corner and remonumentation records, surveys and wills concerning real property. She is also responsible for collecting Michigan state transfer taxes, state remonumentation fees, processing U.S. passport applications and assisting in document searches. Most records filed with the Register of Deeds are public record and copies of records are available for a small fee, but only in person at the courthouse. You can, however, check the online records to see if a document has been recorded.

The Benzie County Equalization Department provides parcel maps, descriptions and values, property sales information, tax maps, aerial photographs, reports and millage rates as well as information on addresses issues. They review tax assessments and are responsible for printing assessment rolls. Documents from this office are public record and are available for fees ranging from $0.50 per page for copies to $970 for a GIS Parcel polygon layer of the entire county.

Benzie County Assessment Office:

448 Court Place, Beulah, MI 49617
Phone: 231-881-0160
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – noon, 1 pm – 5 pm

Some reports are available online, including equalization reports, millage levied per unit, road directories and fees, however all other requests must be made in person at the office, during normal business hours.

Benzie Court Records Information

Court records for Benzie County are not available online, however you may request copies of most court records from the County Clerk as this information becomes public record.

Benzie County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Benzie County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Marriage License – Ch. 551, 551.101 – 551.111 and Barring of dower; antenuptial pecuniary provisions – Ch. 558, §558.16
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:Benzie County Marriage License
Location:Benzie County Clerk, 448 Court Place, Beulah, Michigan, 49617

Benzie County Clerk’s Office
County Government Office

Address: 448 Court Pl, Beulah, MI 49617, United States
Phone: 231-882-9671

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