County Clerk

S.M.I.L.E. Program Cancellations

County Clerk’s Office-Niles Branch location will be closed on:
Friday, November 18th and Tuesday, November 22nd,  2022 

If you have an emergency in regards to vital records, you may go to the Berrien County Administration Center Clerk’s Office at 701 Main Street in St. Joseph, or call (269) 983-7111 ext. 8233 for assistance.

If you need help with a Personal Protection Order or other court matters, you will need to call the County Clerk’s Office at the Berrien County Courthouse (811 Port St., St. Joseph) at (269) 983-7111 ext. 8227 for assistance.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Berrien County Clerk’s Office

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



Vital Records


Court Records Request


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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.