Vital Records

Berrien County only issues certified copies of vital records. Certified copies cost $13.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy of the same certificate and include the cost of the search.

The Berrien County Clerk now offers online orders for Birth, Death and Marriage records using your credit card through an approved and secure Internet ordering service called VitalChek Network Inc.  VitalChek offers the convenience of ordering vital records for your family from the privacy of your home or office, on an expedited basis, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. You can place your order at VitalChek and receive instructions on how to process your order.   VitalChek charges a $10.00 processing fee in addition to the Berrien County Clerk’s fees.

Birth Record Request

Birth Records are sealed by law for 100 years and may only be requested by people whose names appear on the certificate (Mother, Father, Child) without a court order. 

Death Record Request

Death Records are public information, and can be obtained for any number of reasons. 

Marriage License Copy Request

Marriage Licenses are also public information and Berrien County's indexes date back as far as 1831.

Vital Records Forms

The Berrien County Clerk's Office also houses a wide array of other records ranging from Board of Commissioner minutes to military discharges. If you have questions about obtaining copies of any other documents housed within the Clerk's Office, please send an email to Vital Records and a member of our staff will be in touch as soon as possible.

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