FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 24, 2012
Secretary of State, Macomb County Clerk
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh today announced the continuation of a joint effort to increase access to clerk and register of deeds services, and ensure birth records are available for driver’s license applicants.
“Government at all levels has to look at ways to provide good service and make it cost-effective,” Johnson said. “This effort with the Macomb County Clerk’s office is part of our ongoing efforts to look at where we can save money and streamline operations with public-public partnerships.”
Sabaugh will include in her mobile office locations some Secretary of State branch offices located in Macomb County on select days in 2012. This will allow customers to handle both Secretary of State and county business in a single trip, saving time and even gas money. The first stop for 2012 will be May 8th, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the North Macomb Secretary of State branch office located at 51305 Gratiot in Chesterfield. Additional dates and locations can be found at: http://www.macombcountymi.gov/clerksoffice/mobileoffice.htm.
“Providing one-stop shopping for birth records and driver’s licenses will improve service,” Sabaugh said. “I am honored that Secretary Johnson agreed to host county clerk services for Macomb County residents.”
Other county clerk services to be offered include real estate deed and mortgage records, death certificates, business registrations, marriage licenses, circuit court records, concealed pistol applications and voter registration. Only Macomb County records will be available. A list of fees is below.
Johnson has been a longtime proponent of mobile offices to save customers time and even gas money. As the previous Oakland County Clerk, she launched that department’s first mobile office, partnering with local libraries across the county to host the full-service mobile office. As Secretary of State, she has continued to offer a full-service mobile office that travels across the state.
After a successful trial period last year, Johnson and Sabaugh agreed to continue this joint effort for 2012. A previous collaboration between the two was to work on mortgage redemption reform, which became law in December of 2010 thanks to former State Rep. Fred Miller and State Sen. Nancy Cassis.
For more information on branch offices and services, visit the Secretary of State website (www.Michigan.gov/sos) and sign up for official Secretary of State Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/Michsos) and Facebook updates (www.facebook.com/Michigansos).
Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424).
This project may be the first time county clerk and Secretary of State services were combined in Michigan, but it is not the first time Sabaugh improved birth record service. Sabaugh was the first Michigan county clerk to accept credit card payments for birth records. She provides overnight delivery of documents and offers evening hours -- her vital records counter remains open Wednesday evenings until 7 p.m. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson also offers late Wednesday hours at some locations. Johnson recently announced a “new” mobile office while saving an estimated $75,000 by renovating an old state-owned trailer.
Regular Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds fees are:
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