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Vital Records

Vital records can issue birth and death certificates before 4 pm.

The vital records unit cannot accept money after 4 pm, therefore cannot process birth and death certificate requests after 4 pm, but are open until 4:30 pm to answer questions regarding birth, death, and amendments via phone.

Birth and Death Certificates may be mailed to you using Request and Pay Online.

Order online through www.VitalChek.com for overnight delivery, via UPS.

Payments Accepted

**In-Office: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Money Order / Cashier’s Check (made payable to St. Joseph County Department of Health) – Personal Checks Are Not Accepted

On-Line: Visit www.sjcindiana.com to pay with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover

Mail: Money Order / Cashier’s Check (made payable to St. Joseph County Department of Health)– Personal checks are not accepted

UPS Next Day Delivery: Visit www.VitalChek.com.

Birth Certificates

An application is required for all birth certificate requests. Please download and print either the English application or the Spanish application. Identification of the requester is required for all applications.

Death Certificates

An application is required for all death certificate requests. Please download and print either the English application or the Spanish application. Identification of the requester is required for all applications.

Proof of relationship is required for certified copies, however proof of relationship is not necessary for an uncertified copy. Un-certified death certificates do not have the social security number of the deceased listed and are for informational purposes only.

Genealogy

Limited genealogical research is available.

Paternity

Paternity procedures are done by appointment only in our South Bend office. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Notary

Our Vital Records staff in both South Bend and Mishawaka are Notaries Public for the State of Indiana. If you require the services of a notary, please visit us in person. There is a fee of $1 per page.

What is a Notary Public? A Notary Public 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.

Contact Us

South Bend

Directions
County-City Building, 8th Floor
227 West Jefferson Boulevard
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: (574) 235-9750 - Extension 2
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.

Mishawaka

Directions
County-Services Building
219 Lincolnway West
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Phone: (574) 256-6226
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. - 4:30 p.m