County Clerk


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 will be happy to help you.

~ Debbie Klug, Columbia County Clerk

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 is also the 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
Phone Numbers
Fax: 503-397-7266
Emergencies: Dial 911
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recording of Documents
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
By Appointment
Marriage Licenses
By Appointment