Vital Records (Marriage, Birth & Death)
Berrien County only issues certified copies of vital records. Certified copies cost $13 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy of the same certificate and include the cost of the search.
Ordering through VitalChek
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 $12.95 processing fee in addition to the Berrien County Clerk’s fees.
Ordering by Phone
Starting on June 28, 2017, VitalChek will be offering a new “in house” call center program in addition to the online service, where you can now call and place your vital records order over the phone. VitalChek charges a $12.95 service fee in addition to the Berrien County Clerk’s fees, for this new phone service.
- The number to call is: 888-243-0055
- Fax number is: 888-398-3905
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
- Birth Certificate Copy Request Form (PDF)
- Death Certificate Request Form (PDF)
- Marriage License Copy Request (PDF)
- Marriage License Application
- State of Michigan Vital Records
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.