Arky, most county clerk offices charge for copies, albeit at about 25 cents a page, where in as you get a receipt for copies rendered on that date for your information/copies requested, they also will charge an additional fee for a "certification" of obtained copies and then put/ emboss the seal of the county clerk on the documents. At least this is how it is done in NY. Not knowing all state laws, but would assume that this is a standard procedure.
Undoubtedly for some even 25 cents a page is a stretch during these stressful times, but so many people are swimming in the abyss alone, that they do not ask or even know to ask about simple procedures/law's in their county clerk's office.
So many are doing this for the first time in their lives and under extreme duress, either way it is my understanding that each and every county clerk has a "SEAL" which documents are stamped/certified with, including deed's, mortgages etc.
IMO it is imperative to obtain a receipt, and have the seal of the County Clerk on any records obtained, even if it cost,s a few extra dollars!