Hennepin County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Hennepin County recorded a total of 42,686 Part I crimes in 2017, the latest year with a complete set of crime records. This figure represents a 3.5% dip in crime rate compared to the 2013 total. Incidences of Part I violent crimes in the county include 55 murders, 794 rapes, 2,148 robberies, and 2,815 aggravated assaults. Part I property crimes reported in the county in 2017 include 5,769 burglaries, 27,631 larcenies, 3,283 motor vehicle thefts, and 144 arsons. There were also 47 cases of human trafficking in Hennepin County that year.

The five-year crime trend for the county reveals that murder (12.2%), rape (41.3%), aggravated assault (24%), and motor vehicle theft (32.4%) rates rose. On the other hand, there were fewer incidences of robbery (4.3%), burglary (16.8%), larceny (6.3%), and arson (47.3%) in the same period.

In accordance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office provides public access to its non-confidential reports. The public can view these records for free at the Sheriff’s Office located at City Hall Courthouse, 350 South Fifth Street, Room 6, Minneapolis. Make a request for copies of a public incident report by downloading, completing, and sending the Data Request Form. Those wishing to obtain copies of police reports on themselves should download a separate form.

Email the completed form to sheriffsofficedatare@hennepin.us or fax it to 612-348-4208. Alternatively, submit the form by mail to:

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Data Practice Request
350 S Fifth Street, Room 6
Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Sheriff’s Office charges 25 cents per page for paper copies that are 100 pages or fewer. For longer copies and other types of records, call 612-348-3744 to ascertain applicable fees.

Criminal Records

The Minneapolis Department of Corrections (MNDOC) maintains a statewide sex offender registry for offenders living in all of the counties of the state. This registry is available to the public and only includes information about Level III offenders (those most likely to re-offend). Visit the MNDOC Offender Locator webpage to find such registered sex offenders by name.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office oversees the operations of the county jail. The Sheriff also maintains all inmate and jail records. It provides a handy Jail Roster on the county’s website to help the public locate individuals incarcerated in the county jail. Use this search tool to find inmates by their names and custody status.

Court Records

Case records for the Hennepin County District Court are available on the web portal of the Minnesota Public Access (MPA) Remote. In addition to court documents of civil, criminal, family, probate, and traffic cases, this database also includes judgments and court calendars.

Besides the online MPA portal, the public can also access court records from MPA Courthouse. This is a system that hosts electronic court records on publicly accessible computers at various courthouses. Records from MPA Courthouse are more detailed than those on MPA Remote. To access this system, visit the following locations of the District Court Records Center:

District Court Records Center (Main)
Hennepin County Govt. Center
300 South 6th Street, B-Level (two floors below street level) Minneapolis, MN 55487
Phone: (612) 348-3170

Case types available at this location:
Civil, Criminal, Family, Housing, Mental Health, and Probate

Conciliation Court
Minneapolis City Hall
350 South 5th Street, Rm. #306
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 348-2713

Case types at this location:
Conciliation Court ("small claims") cases filed 2009 or earlier

Family Court Family Justice Center
110 South 4th Street
Room B-17 (lower level)
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 596-1089

Case types at this location:
Annulment, Child Support, Custody, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, and Paternity

Juvenile Court Juvenile Justice Center
590 Park Avenue, 1st Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 348-5089

Case types at this location:
Adoption, Child Protection, Delinquency

There is also provision to request for copies of court records at these District Court Records Centers. Alternatively, fill and then bring or mail a Copy Request Form to:

4th District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #B-100 (located two floors below street level)
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332

Include a check or money order made payable to District Court Administrator with your mail request. The fee for each plain copy of a court record is $8. For a certified copy, the Court charges $14.

Public Records

To obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate in Hennepin County, start by downloading and completing a Marriage Record Application. Print, sign, and mail it to:

Vital Records – Director of Licensing
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Suite A025
Minneapolis, MN 55477-0026

Include a check or money order for applicable fees. The County charges $9 for each certified copy. Add $20 for an expedited order and make sure to write EXPEDITE at the back of the envelope.

The County also accepts walk-in requests for marriage records and charges the same $9 fee. Bring the completed application to any of these Hennepin County Service Centers:

Brookdale Service Center
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Government Center Service Center
300 South 6th St
A Level, Suite A025
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Maple Grove Service Center
9325 Upland Lane North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Monday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Midtown Exchange Service Center
Lower Level (Greenway)
2929 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

North Minneapolis Service Center
1001 Plymouth Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ridgedale Service Center
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Southdale Service Center
1225 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Service Centers accept cash, check, money order, and credit card payments. Make your check or money order payable to Hennepin County Treasurer. Expect a 2.49% convenience fee when paying with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card.

These Service Centers can also issue certified and non-certified copies of other records such as birth and death certificates. To obtain these records, start by completing a death record application, a certified birth certificate application, or a non-certified birth certificate application. Bring the completed but unsigned application, along with payment and valid ID, to any of the service center locations.

For mail requests, leave the application unsigned too but have it notarized (application for non-certified birth record does not need to be notarized). Send the application, along with a check or money order for applicable fees, to:

Vital Records Office
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Suite A025
Minneapolis, MN 55477-0026

The fee for the first certified copy of a birth record is $26. Include $19 for each additional certified copy of the same record. The Vital Records Office charges $13 for each non-certified copy of a birth certificate. There is an optional $20 fee for expedited processing and one-day delivery.

The fee for the first certified copy of a death record is $13. This is the same fee for an uncertified copy. Each additional certified copy of the same record attracts a charge of $6. Include $20 when opting for one-day expedited processing.