Effective January 1, 2021, vital record fees are changing to $20 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy.
Requests must be for persons who Passed Away in St. Joseph County. Death records for St. Joseph County start with the year 1867.
Death records are open to the public. Death certificates are filed in the county where the death occurred. You can obtain a death certificate for anyone who passed away in St. Joseph County by filling out the Death Certificate Request Form (PDF) and mailing it to the St. Joseph County Clerk with the appropriate fee or by bringing it in person with the appropriate fee. When ordering by mail, a copy of the requestor's I.D. must be sent along with the payment and request form.
Certified copies of death records can also be ordered through our VitalChek Portal. Orders made through the VitalChek Portal must be paid using a credit card. An additional $10.00 convenience fee is charged by VitalChek for this service. As a benefit, orders made through this service that are received before 3:00 pm are typically processed and mailed the same day.
You can also use the Death Record Search (see below) to see if the death certificate for a given person is on file with the St. Joseph County Clerk.
The Death Record Search will include only persons who passed away in St. Joseph County, MI.
The search can be used to see if a death has been recorded in St. Joseph County, MI and to obtain the number of that death record. The death record itself cannot be viewed through this interface.
Full death records can be viewed at the St. Joseph County Clerk's Office. If you would like to view a record at the Clerk's office, please write down the name and record number and bring them with you.
The St. Joseph County Death Record Search is provided as an aid for genealogical and similar research. The information in the search is believed accurate but is not guaranteed.