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Death certificates are open to the public, anyone can purchase one.
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There are 3 ways to obtain a copy of your birth record:
Visit our Birth Record Requests page for easy-to-follow instructions.
You may order your birth record securely over the phone through VitalChek at 888-243-0055. Payments for records ordered through VitalChek are made by credit card. Please keep in mind that orders placed over the phone are facilitated through a third party, fees will differ from those we offer directly through us in the office or by mail.
No. In order to protect your identity, we are unable to send records electronically by email or fax.
The cost for a certified copy is $13 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy of the same record purchased at the same time.
Senior citizens aged 65 or older may purchase their own record at the cost of $5 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy of the same record purchased at the same time.
No. In Michigan, birth records that are less than 100 years old are considered “closed records” and by law may only be obtained by:
We will accept a current valid driver's license, state-issued photo identification card or passport.
If you don’t have current identification, we are happy to work with you to find other ways to verify your identity. Without a current, state issued identification card, you will need to provide at least three pieces of documentation from different sources that will verify your name and date of birth. Please see the back of the request form for suggested items.
Please note: We cannot use a Social Security Card, junk mail or matricula consular cards.
We have death certificates for anyone who has passed away in Berrien County. The years we have on file range from 1867 to the present.
No identification is required to purchase a death certificate.
If you come in to our office, it only takes about 5 minutes. You can also order one online through VitalChek, or order through the mail. A death certificate request form (PDF) is available online.
Yes! If the person whose death certificate you are wanting lived in Berrien County, but passed away somewhere other than Berrien County, we would not have that Death Certificate on file. It would be located in the County where that person passed away. We only have death records for individuals who passed away in Berrien County.
If you live in Michigan: you must apply for a marriage license in the county you live in, and then you can get married anywhere in the State of Michigan.
If both of you live out-of-state: you must apply for a marriage license in the county you wish to be married in.
Marriage Licenses can be obtained by applying in person at the County Clerk’s office or online through our website.
Yes, both people have to appear in person with valid ID to pick up the license if applied for online.
This way, we are able to validate and copy each ID as well as make any changes necessary to the marriage license before the wedding – we can make any changes before the marriage license is signed at the wedding but once the couple is married, it takes a court order at the couple’s expense to get the licenses changed or fixed.
The addresses on the marriage license and driver’s licenses need to match. The best option is to update the driver’s license before applying to get married to ensure the address is current.
The only documentation needed to apply for a marriage license are valid ID’s for both individuals getting married.
The cost of a marriage license is $20 for Berrien County residents and $30 for out-of-state residents.
Every marriage license is valid for 33 days from the day it is applied for. This number includes the three day waiting period, so once the marriage license is picked up (after three days from applying), it will be valid for 30 days. We recommend applying 1-2 weeks before the anticipated date of marriage.
Wedding ceremonies at the Berrien County Courthouse are conducted by the Berrien County Trial Court Judges and Magistrates on the first floor. Couples who wish to be married at the Courthouse must pre-schedule the ceremony at 3:30, 3:45 or 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (except holidays) by calling 269-982-8610. The fee is $10.