County Clerk

Welcome from Columbia County Clerk Betty Huser

Welcome to the webpage for the Columbia County Clerk. I am honored that you have elected me to this important position since 1998. It has been my pleasure to issue marriage licenses, manage county elections and provide passports, among my other various duties. My dedicated and knowledgeable staff is committed to serving you in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner. If you are unable to find what you need on our webpage, then please feel free to call us or stop by the county courthouse - we'd be happy to help you. 

About the Clerk's Office

The County Clerk is the official keeper of public records for Columbia County. The Clerk's office provides a range of mandated recording services, which include the receipting, indexing, storage and retrieval of a variety of legal documents pertaining to the ownership of real property.  These documents include but are not limited to Deeds, Mortgages, Contracts, Liens, Easements, Subdivisions, Partition Plats and Military Discharge.

The County Clerk serves as the County Elections Official who is responsible for a variety of functions including establishing precincts, registering voters, maintaining voter lists, receiving all nominations and petitions for elections, accepting declarations of candidacy for public office, preparing ballots, receiving and processing votes and coordinates the conduct of elections at the county level. 

The Board of Property Tax Appeals also is a responsibility of the County Clerk. This office receives petitions, coordinates and records Board of Property Tax Appeal hearings all In accordance with the Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative rules.

The Columbia County Clerk’s office is where you can obtain vital records such as Marriage Licenses and Death Certificates (the Clerk does not issue birth records). The County Clerk also has the authority to solemnize marriages by appointment Death Certificates are issued for those who pass away in Columbia County.

As an Acceptance Agent for the United States Passport Agency, the County Clerk’s office accepts passport applications.

The Columbia County Clerk’s office strives to promote the highest level of customer service that reflects value and integrity while using our resources for efficient records management at the lowest possible cost.

Clerk Quick Links
General Information
County Clerk
Elizabeth Huser
Donald Clack
Debbie Klug
Phone Numbers
Fax: 503-397-7266
Emergencies: Dial 911
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,

Monday - Friday
Open to the public via Phone and Email only.
Recording of Documents
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., by Mail and E-recording only
By Appointment Only
Marriage Licenses
By Appointment Only