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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Sheriff's Office - Records Lobby

Sheriff's Office Records Department Lobby Closing

(06/11/2020 Update: The Records Lobby will be opening by appointment only on Monday, June 15th, 2020. See the full Press Release (PDF) for details.)

Original Newsflash Message: In order to help ensure the safety of our residents and employees and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Records Office will be closed to the public as of 5:00pm on March 18, 2020.  At this time, it will remain closed to the public until the close of business on April 6, 2020.  County officials will continue to reassess the risk as more information is released by the U.S., State and Local health officials and the date may be adjusted accordingly.

During this shutdown, Records Department employees will continue to report to work and will be available by telephone, email and fax.  

Please note that obtaining Pistol Purchase Permits, Sex Offender Registrant Updates and Non-Criminal Fingerprints are all postponed until the Records Lobby re-opens to the public.

The Sheriff’s Office Records Department is offering the following alternatives to in-person filing of forms during this shutdown:  

  • Pistol Sales Records and Licenses to Purchase can be mailed when they are completed and the gun has been purchased.  Mailings should be addressed to:

Attn: Records Department

Berrien County Sheriff’s Office

919 Port Street

St. Joseph, MI 49085

  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests along with most requests for information can be handled by mail (at the above address),  by fax to 269-982-8650 or by e-mail:  Responses to these requests  can be returned to the requester in the same manner as received.
  • General questions may be directed to Records Department employees Monday - Friday 08:00am to 5:00pm by telephone at (269) 983-7141 ext. 7211

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