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Lapeer County Treasurer
Dana M. Miller, Treasurer
255 Clay Street
Suite 303
Lapeer, MI  48446

Phone: 810-667-0239
Fax:  810-667-0263

Hours:  Monday thru Friday  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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County Treasurer is a statutory office with a variety of responsibilities including receipting and investing all County funds, collecting delinquent property taxes and issuing dog licenses.  For the past several years, the majority of dog licenses have been renewed by mail. As a result of this, all dog licenses are now issued by Animal Control and are no longer available at the Treasurer's office. Contact Animal Control at 810-667-0236 for information.

Delinquent Taxes can be paid by mail or in person by cash, check or money order. Personal and business checks are not accepted from January 1 through February 28.

 

 

Dana M. Miller, Lapeer County Treasurer
 

Departments of Lapeer County

 

BUSINEss names
 

 
Why do I need to file a DBA (Doing Business as Assumed)?
The law requires that a sole proprietor or co-partners file their business (other than the real name of the person) at the county clerk's office [MCL 445.1].  The law also requires that corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships be filed with the State of Michigan.  Therefore, corporations shall not be filed with county clerks.  The purpose of the law is to place on Public Record who is conducting or transacting business under an assumed name.
 
 
Can I use any name I want?
There are a number of regulations that apply when a company is chosen.  the general rules governing names for Corporations, Nonprofit Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Limited Partnerships only apply to those entities.  The Co-partnership Act and Fictitious Name Act require that the name of a sole proprietorship or co-partnership cannot be the same or similar to a name already on file with the county so as to cause confusion or deception.
 
 
What if I do business in the next county?
When you file an assumed name as a sole proprietorship or co-partnership, you have to file in each county in which you will be doing business.
 
 
I filed in this county; what if the next county has a business with the same name, now what do I do?
If you find that someone else is using the same name then you need to do some research to find out how long they have been using the name.  If they have been in business for a long time, you might want to change your assumed name so there is no confusion to the public.  Filing your business name does not create substantive rights to the use of that name.
 
 
Can I use a different name in a second county that I am doing business in?
If the business is a separate business with a different name you would file with the actual name you are doing business under.  However, if you are doing business with the same name as in the first county you should file with the same name in the second county.
 
 
I need a DBA today for my bank, but I have my business incorporated, what should I do?
If you are incorporated, the only place you should file an assumed name is with the State of Michigan;  the same as your Articles of Incorporation.  If you need the name to be filed quickly, you may file using the new electronic filing system, MICH-ELF.  The instructions and application for filing electronically can be found on the State of Michigan's website. When using MICH-ELF, your document will be reviewed within 24 hours.  the bank should not be advising corporations to file at the county.  You might suggest that the bank call the Corporation division at (517) 241-6470 for verification of this information.
 
 
Can I  file this business name with the county and state that I am incorporated? 
Example - Lakeshore Painting, Inc.
No.  if you are incorporated the only place you should file an assumed name is with the State, the same as your Articles of Incorporation.  Filings at the county level are for sole proprietorships and co-partnerships only.
 
 
Can I file to do a DBA today and when my attorney has my corporation papers filed can I dissolve the DBA?
You can file a Reservation of Corporate Name with the State of Michigan to hold your corporate name.  If you are Incorporated, the only place you should file is with the State.
 
 
If I file a DBA in all 83 counties of Michigan will that protect my business name?
No.  filing your business name does not create substantive rights to the use of that name.  This is the same whether it is a corporate name, Limited Liability Company name, Limited Partnership name, Sole Proprietorship name or Co-partnership name.
 
 
Can I file a DBA if I am less than 18 years old?  No.  Can I be a partner in a DBA? No.
A person who is at least 18 years of age is an adult of legal age for purposes of signing contracts.
 
 
How much does it cost to file my business name?
The fee is $10.00, and the certificate is required to be renewed every five years.  The signatures on the certificate must be notarized.
 
 
What do I do if I need to make a change on my DBA?
In order to make any changes on an assumed name, a dissolution form must be signed in front of a notary by those listed on the original form.  Then a new assumed name form can be filed under the same name with different owners OR a new assumed name form can be filed under the same name with different owners after the expiration date.
 
 
How do I change my address for the DBA?
In order to change the personal or business address registered for an assumed name, an amendment form must be signed in front of a notary by those listed on the original form.
 

DBA Printable Request Form

 

LAPEER COUNTY CLERK

THERESA M. SPENCER, CLERK

255 CLAY STREET 

LAPEER, MI 48446

TSPENCER@LAPEERCOUNTY.ORG

 

 

Vital Records Section

County Complex 1st Floor

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

810-667-0356

810-667-0362 (Fax)

Circuit Court Section

County Complex, 2nd Floor

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

810-667-0358

810-667-0264 (Fax)

 

The County Clerk is an elected position, serving a four year term. The Clerk is responsible for the issuing and filing of marriage licenses, records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, concealed weapon permits, veterans discharges, notary bonds, and filings for circuit court. The Clerk administers all Election functions required by law, in addition to tabulating ballots and training all election inspectors within the county. The Clerk also serves on the Elections Scheduling Committee, is Clerk of the Board of Commissioners, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Clerk of the Board of Canvassers, Clerk of the Gun Board, member of the Plat Board and Elections Commission.

 

 

Official General Election Results -November 6,2018

 

Jury Service telephone number is: 810-245-4892

 

 

 

 

 

 

This office maintains records of each birth which occurred in Lapeer County beginning in the year 1867, however these are confidential records.  Birth records 110 years and older may be issued upon written request and payment.  On written request, a search for a specific record will be made by the Clerk's staff.  Proof of requestor's eligibility to receive a birth record of less than 110 years will be required.

Birth records are released only to those individuals which are listed on the record.  (Parent or person named on the record)  The only exception to this would be if you have proper documentation proving that you are a Legal Guardian, Legal Representative, Court Representative or Heir of deceased person named on the record.

The charge for one certified copy will be $10.00 and each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time will be $3.00.  You may stop by our office during normal business hours to obtain the record.  By State law, we are required to verify your identity, therefore we request to see your picture identification (drivers license) prior to issuing a record to you.

You may request a copy of your birth record by mail.   Just print and complete the form and sending it to us along with the required payment and documentation.  We will mail the record to you the same day we receive your request in the mail.

 

Vital Records Request Form

 

 

This office maintains a record of each death, which occurred in Lapeer County, since the year 1867. 

These records are public and can be obtained during normal business hours.

The first certified copy will be $10.00 and each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time will be $3.00.

You may request copies of death records by mail.  Just print and complete the form and enclose the proper payment for the number of copies requested.  We will mail the records to you the same day we receive your request.

 

 

 Vital Records Request Form

 

 

 

This office maintains a record of each marriage license, which was applied for in Lapeer County, since the year 1831. 

These records are public and can be obtained during normal business hours. 

The first certified copy will be $10.00 and each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time will be $3.00.

You may request copies of marriage records by mail.  Just print and complete the Request Form and enclose the proper payment for the number of copies requested.  We will mail the records to you the same day we receive your request.

 

Vital Records Request Form

 

 

APPLICATION FOR LICENSE:

Applicants 16 and 17 must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian for their signature consent.  At least one of the applicants, if possible both, must make the application.
Birth Certificate is required for applicants that are age 16 and 17.

WHERE TO APPLY:

If both applicants are residents of the same county, apply at the office of their county clerk.  If applicants reside in two different Michigan Counties, either county may receive the application.  If one applicant is a Michigan resident, apply in the county of the Michigan resident.  If neither applicant is a Michigan resident, apply in the county in which the marriage is to be performed.
 

APPLICATION FEE:

You must pay when you apply.  We accept cash, money order or check only.  Twenty dollars if one or both applicants is a Michigan resident.  May be married in any county in Michigan.  Thirty dollars if both parties are from out of state.  Must be married in the county in which they apply.

WAITING PERIOD:

The day of application is the first day of the  3 day waiting period.  Marriage licenses may be picked up and used, on the fourth day after application, unless the fourth day is a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.  Marriage licenses cannot be mailed to the applicants.  The license is valid for thirty-three days from the date of application.
 
If applied for on You can pick up on
Monday Thursday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Monday
Thursday Monday
Friday Monday
 

 In Lapeer County, marriage licenses may be applied for Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., in the office of
THERESA M. SPENCER, Lapeer County Clerk.
 
The following information is needed for each applicant:
 
  Full Name (including middle name) Current Age
  Date of birth Birthplace (city and state)
  Residence address Residence County
  Times previously married Social Security Number
  Parents full names/Surnames Birth State each parent
     
 
Driver's License or State Identification Card for each applicant

Medical Examiner’s Office

Direct Line:    810-245-5711

Fax Number:  810-245-4525

Services for Medical Examiner Cases Only

The services provided are ordinarily used by county law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office and families of those individuals who die by means falling within the legal responsibilities of this office.

The Medical Examiner also uses data from deaths in Lapeer County to promote the health and well being of Lapeer County residents.

Death Certificates on jurisdiction deaths will show the manner of death (Natural, Homicide, Suicide, Accident, or Undetermined) the cause of death and whether or not a post mortem examination (autopsy) is done.

List of Permits, Fees and Services

  • Cremation Permits for Funeral Homes/Cremation Services - $25.00
  • Disinterment/Re-Interment Permits - $15.00
  • Autopsy & Toxicology Reports (Call for Medical Release Form and fee)
  • Group Presentations on issues related to the health of Lapeer County residents

Listed are definitions of how the Medical Examiner retains jurisdiction of an individual dying as a result of one of the following manners of death:

  • Homicide (other-inflicted death)
  • Suicide (self-inflicted death)
  • Accident (ex: car crash, falls, drowning)
  • Criminal abortions (including self-induced)
  • An unforeseen, unexpected and/or sudden unexplained occurrence
  • In government custody (ex: jail, prison, or while being detained or transported)
  • Residing in or being transported by any State-licensed facility
  • Under Federal penal control, such as executions
  • Child Deaths (all individuals less than 18 years old)
  • Suspicious circumstances surrounding the death

* For information on how to obtain a Death Certificate and the fee from the County Clerk’s office click on the Link below:

                        Lapeer County Clerk - Death Records