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A certified copy of a marriage license has the courts seal on it certifying that it is a true and legal copy of the marriage license, usually required for legal purposes, like getting your real id. A non-certified copy of a marriage license does not have any seal on it, usually used for personal purposes, like for genealogy.
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To obtain a certified copy of your marriage license, please fill out the form /DocumentCenter/View/7119 and submit.
You can request the document from the Clerk's Office or from the Archives and Records Center.
We have Marriage Licenses from 1832 to 1988 from South Bend, and 9/9/1980 to 2/14/1998 from Mishawaka.
A Marriage License gives you the date when the couple applied to get their marriage license, and the date, place, and who married them. The Marriage Application has the biographical information, date of birth, birthplace, parents information, if they have been married before, etc...
We have Marriage Applications from April 1905 to 1988 from South Bend, and 9/9/1980 to 2/14/1998 from Mishawaka.
A certified copy of a divorce decree has the courts seal on it certifying that it is a true and legal copy of the divorce decree, usually required for legal purposes. A non-certified copy of a divorce decree does not have any seal on it, usually used for personal purposes, like for genealogy.
To obtain a certified copy of your Divorce Decree, please fill out the form /DocumentCenter/View/7119 and submit.
We have Divorce Indexes from 1832 to 1984 in South Bend. We have a Divorce Index from 1980-1990 in Mishawaka. If you need Divorce records after 1984 in South Bend or 1990 in Mishawaka, please contact the Clerk's office.
A Will is a detailed list of how you want your assets distributed after death, and the Estate file is a court record that details the persons assets, taxes, debts, and distribution of said assets. In the state of Indiana, the Inheritance tax file is confidential.
We have Estate Indexes from 1832 to 1988 in South Bend. We have Estate Indexes from 1981-1995 in Mishawaka. If you need Probate records after 1988 in South Bend or 1995 in Mishawaka, please contact the Clerk's office.
For land record information you can contact the Assessor's Office or the Recorder's Office.
For Birth Certificates please contact the Health Department at 574-235-9750 x 2, or visit the Health Departments page .
For Death Certificates please contact the Health Department at 574-235-9750 x 2, or visit the Health Departments page .
Please visit the Records Division at the St. Joseph County Jail located at 401 W. Sample St in South Bend between the hours of 8:00 am. and 4:00 pm.
If your company would like to get a pre-employment background check for a prospective employee, please contact the Records Division at 574-245-6535 between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Our cost for copies is $0.05 (five cents) per page. The cost is the same whether you stop in our office, and have us make a copy or if you have us scan and email it to you, or if we mail it to you.
Payments can be made by cash, check, money order, or online for payments more than $2.00.
Genealogy/Research requests are done on a first come first serve basis. The time it takes us to complete your request depends on how much information you provide and how much research we have to do. We try to complete most requests within 7 days, if we can not complete it in that time, we email you and let you know.
We ask that you contact the St Joseph County Clerk's office at 574-235-9635 because we do not release criminal information here.