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Vital Records

In person business transactions gladly accepted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. No money transactions after 4:00 pm.

We cannot process birth and death certificate requests (no money transactions) after 4:00 pm, but we are open until 4:30 pm to answer questions regarding birth, death, and amendments via phone.

Accessing Certificates
Birth and Death Certificates may be mailed to you using Request and Pay Online
Order online through for overnight deliver, via UPS
Fee Schedule
  • Birth Certificates
    • Download and print the required application. English / Spanish
    • Need valid state ID, Proof of relationship, or direct interest (court order, parent, grandparent, sibling over the age of 18).
  • Death Certificates
    • Download and print required application. English / Spanish
    • Need valid state ID, Proof of relationship for certified copies (not necessary for uncertified copies), or direct interest
      • Un-certified death certificates do not have the social security number of the deceased listed and are for informational purposes only.
      • Direct interest - document with both descendant and applicants name stating why document is needed. Examples: to close out a deed, close a bank account, etc.
  • Genealogy
    • Request to search for verification of death
    • Records prior to 1955
    • No cause of death, location, or details otherwise
    • 1-6 names
  • Paternity
    • In office and by appointment only
    • Both parents must be present with government issued ID (state ID, state drivers license, passport, or military ID
    • Record legally changed same day
  • Notary
    • What is a Notary Public? A Notary is an individual commissioned by the State of Indiana to serve as an impartial witness and fraud deterrent for legally significant documents such as wills, property deeds, marriage licenses, and adoption papers. Notaries deter fraud by verifying individuals’ identities and ensuring that all parties understand the contents of the documents they sign.
    • Done in office (both South Bend and Mishawaka locations)

South Bend

County-City Building, 8th Floor
227 West Jefferson Boulevard
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: (574) 235-9750 - Option 3

Fax: (574) 235-9960

Business Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Business transactions gladly accepted between
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


County-Services Building
219 Lincolnway West
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Phone: (574) 235-9750, Option 3
Fax: (574) 256-6365

Business Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Business transactions gladly accepted between
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m