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

LIMITED SERVICE PLAN FOR PUBLIC CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19

Emergency Notary Services are available by appointment only!

Court Division

  • Emergency Circuit Court filings may be filed by appointment only from 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Courthouse at 811 Port St., St. Joseph by calling 269-983-7111, ext. 8385.
  •  Personal Protection Order Forms are available on the Personal Protection Order Page.
    • You may download the forms, complete them and send them by U.S. mail (to the address above), email them to: clerk@berriencounty.org or place them in it in an envelope marked “County Clerk” and place in drop box at the Courthouse (located on the north side of the building).

If you need assistance, please call the Clerk’s Office at 269-983-7111, ext 8385. 

Elections Division

If you need assistance in completing election forms, please call 269-983-7111, ext 8264 or email elections@berriencounty.org.

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 are available by appointment only.

Please call 269-983-7111, ext. 6288

Niles Vital Records Division

Vital Records are available by appointment  only.

Please call 269-983-7111, ext 6288.

Niles Circuit Court Division

Civil and Family

  • Emergency Circuit Court filings may be filed by appointment only from 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. by calling 269-983-7111, ext. 6288.
  • Personal Protection Order Forms are available on the Personal Protection Order Page.
    • You may download the forms, complete them and send them by U.S. mail (to the address above), email them to: clerk@berriencounty.org or place them in it in an envelope marked “County Clerk” and place in drop box at the Courthouse.

If you need assistance, please call the Clerk’s Office at 269-983-7111, ext 6288. 

Elections Division

If you need assistance in completing election forms, please call 269-983-7111, ext 8264 or email elections@berriencounty.org.

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.