BERRIEN COUNTY CLERK
NOTICE: County Clerk Office Closing
The Berrien County Clerk’s Vital Records Office located at the County Administration Building at 701 Main Street, will be closed on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, in order to attend training at the State. All County Offices are closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day and will reopen on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
The County Clerk’s Branch Office located at the South County Building will be open on November 10, 2015 but will not be able to provide vital record services (only Court services). All County Offices are closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day and will reopen on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
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.
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 Gun Board
- Clerk of the Plat Board
- Clerk of the Berrien County Road Commission
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.
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.
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 $25,000.00 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.