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The City Clerk serves as the liaison between the public and City Council, and is the City’s keeper of records. The City Clerk also acts as the City’s chief elections official, administering all federal, state, and local elections. Visit our elections page for information about voter registration, absentee ballots, or if you’re interested in volunteering as a precinct inspector.
The Mayor performs marriage ceremonies by appointment at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Ceremonies must be confirmed and paid for at least 48 hours prior. A marriage license is required by state law. The license is issued by the county clerk from the county in which either one of the parties reside. If both parties are non-residents of the state, you must obtain the license from the county in which the marriage will be performed. Fill out the downloadable form and email it to Deputy City Clerk, Barb Miller. We will then contact you to confirm the date requested is available. Please contact the City Clerk's Office for more information or questions.
Check our Boards & Commissions page for current vacancies and to complete our online application.
Per Chapter IV of the City Charter, prospective candidates must submit nominating petitions bearing no fewer than 100 and no more than 150 signatures of registered Ferndale voters.
Start by visiting the City Clerk's Office to receive your nominating packet, which includes:
The City Clerk's Office is located at Ferndale City Hall, 300 E. Nine Mile rd. Open hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Oakland County Clerk and Office of Register of Deeds manages birth and death certificates for all municipalities located in its jurisdiction.
If you are looking to obtain a copy of a birth or death certificate, or any related information, contact the Oakland County Clerk's Department of Vital Records at 248-858-0571 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) page, complete the form, and either email or deliver in person to the City Clerk's Office.
Candidates must be:
Election is non-partisan and members serve at large (not representing any particular section of the City).
City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. To learn more about meetings and regulations, see our Council rules.
The City of Ferndale has nine polling locations, each open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on all election days. Check our Polling Locations page to find out which precinct you are located in.