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To obtain the application for certified birth certificates, (must be filled out for all requests) please click here and then print the application.

To obtain the application for certified death certificates, (must be filled out for all requests) please click here and then print application. Identification and proof of relationship is required. (Proof of relationship is not necessary for an uncertified death certificate. Uncertified death certificates don’t have social security numbers of the deceased listed and are for informational purposes.)

Paternity procedures are done by appointment only. Limited genealogical research is provided.

  • Vital Records Divison

    Monday – Friday | 8:30a – 4:30p (no payments accepted after 4:15pm)

    Phone (574) 235-9638
    Fax (574) 235-9960

Vital Records Services Fee Schedule

Effective 1/1/2017, this fee schedule applies for all payments:

Birth Certificate (each) $15.00
Wallet Size Birth Certificate (each) $15.00
Certified Death Certificate (each) $15.00
Non-Certified Death Certificate (each) $15.00
Fetal Death Certificates $15.00
Correction Affidavits and Notifications $35.00
Paternities and Legitimations $75.00
Notary fees (per page) $1.00
Genealogy Search (1-6 names) $7.00 (separate payment / money order required)

*UPDATE*
Correction Affidavits/Notification copies and Paternity Affidavit copies are $15.

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Application for Birth Certificate

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Application for Birth Certificate (Spanish)

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Application for Death Certificate

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Application for Death Certificate (Spanish)

For all mail requests, a money order/ cashiers check made payable to the “St. Joseph County Health Department” in the correct amount for the number of copies requested is required. If you prefer to use Visa/ MasterCard/ Discover you must come into our office or apply through: www.VitalChek.com

Send to:
SJCHD – Vital Records
227 W. Jefferson Blvd., 8th Floor
South Bend, IN 46601-1870