County Clerk

Notice - Only accepting emergency marriage license by appointment. Call 269-983-7111 ext. 8233. Eval

County Clerk’s Office

811 Port St., St. Joseph  MI 49085

Service Plan for the Public Starting March 8th, 2021

Notary Services

Notary Services are available by appointment only.

Court Division

  • Circuit Court files may be filed at the Courthouse at 811 Port St., St. Joseph by calling 269-983-7111, ext. 8385. Filings may also be placed in the drop box located on the north side of the building, but must be in an envelope and clearly marked who it is going to.
  • Personal Protection Order Forms are available by appointment only by  calling the Clerk's Office or on our website on the Personal Protection Orders Page.

Elections Division

If you need assistant, please call 269-983-7111, ext. 8264 or email the Elections Department.

For your safety and those of others, please wear a mask and socially distance while in the Courthouse. Thank you.


Notice - Only accepting emergency marriage license by appointment. Call 269-983-7111 ext. 8233. Eval

County Clerk’s Office

1205 N. Front St., Niles MI 49120

Limited Service Plan for Public Closure Due to COVID-19 

Notary Services

Notary Services are available by appointment only. Please call 269-983-7111, ext. 6288

Niles Vital Records Division

Vital Records are available by appointment only by calling 269-983-7111, ext. 6288.

Niles Circuit Court Division - Civil and Family

  • Circuit Court filings may be filed from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Personal Protection Forms are available in the County Clerk's Office by appointment only by calling 269-983-7111, ext. 6288 or on our website on the Personal Protection Orders Page.

ELECTIONS DIVISION

If you need assistance, please call 269-983-7111, ext. 8264 or email the Elections Department.

For your safety and those of others, please wear a mask and socially distance while in the Courthouse. Thank you.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Berrien County Clerk’s Office has three major functions: to manage County elections; to manage the county’s vital records; and to process and maintain all Circuit Court files. The Clerk, by statute, also serves on the following boards and commissions:

  • Clerk of the Board of Commissioners
  • Clerk of the County Election Canvassers
  • Clerk of the Election Commission
  • Clerk of the Jury Board
  • Clerk of the Plat Board
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Elections Division

The County Clerk’s Elections Division oversees all elections conducted in Berrien County including school elections. This division also monitors campaign finance law for county and local candidates and officeholders.

Vital Records

The Clerk files, stores, and retains original vital records (e.g. birth, death and marriage records), and makes certified copies of said records available to the public. The Clerk also processes applications for concealed weapons license, notary public commissions, business registrations and records military discharges. 

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Clerk of the Court

As Clerk of the Circuit Court, the clerk opens, maintains, tracks and stores the records for all cases filed in the Circuit Court. Court files are public records and may be inspected at the Clerk’s office at the Courthouse.

Litigants file at the Clerk of the Court’s office for divorce, other family matters (e.g. paternity, custody and juvenile support), civil actions for which the amount of damages exceeds $25,000 and other civil matters over which the Circuit Court has jurisdiction. All felony criminal cases are filed with the County Clerk’s Office.

The Clerk is the filing official for oaths of office for county officials and their deputies and is the keeper of the official Circuit Court seal and the County seal, which is used for general obligation bonds.

Mission Statement

The mission of the County Clerk’s Office is to provide quality customer service to the citizens of Berrien County. This service includes information and records that are accurate, timely and professional.