Minneapolis Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Statistics

Crime data released for 2017 show that the city recorded a total of 24,060 reported incidents, made up of 4,614 violent crime cases and 19,446 property crime cases. A further breakdown of the data reveals that larceny-theft was the most common crime, accounting for 55% of total reports. Incidences of burglaries, auto theft, and assault accounted for 15.6%, 9.9%, and 9.3 percent respectively. Compared to the rest of the country, the crime rate in Minneapolis was 109% higher than the national average. The city had an average of 15.73 daily crimes for every 100,000 residents, making it safer than 3% of cities in the U.S.

Police Records and Arrest Reports

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) is the primary custodian of police records such as crime reports, 911 reports, crime statistics, body camera data, accident reports, clearance letters, and arrest data.

Who Can Request a Police Report?

In compliance with Minnesota's Government Data Practices Act, access to some police reports may be restricted to only authorized applicants. Requests can be made by witnesses or victims of a crime, insurance carriers, or legal representatives of victims. Requests for juvenile information will require the permission of the presiding judge of Juvenile court.

How to Obtain Arrest Records

The MPD provides online access to arrest data through its arrest data dashboard. Users can obtain arrest data based on different time periods and locations within the city. The dashboard performs an in-depth analysis of various trends such as crime spikes during certain periods, the crime rate in specific locations, amongst others. Requests for arrest data can also be made online.

How to Obtain Clearance Letters

The MPD provides clearance letters on request. However, it is restricted to only MPD records and does not reflect the existence of any criminal record outside the city. Clearance letters can be requested in-person or by mail. Mailed requests should include a government-issued photo identification, check or money order payable to the ‘City of Minneapolis.’ Written requests should be sent with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the:

Minneapolis Police Department
Records Information Unit
350 S. 5th Street, Room 31
Minneapolis, MN 55415

In-person requests can also be made in the same location.

How to Obtain Sex Offender Information

The Minnesota Department of Corrections provides information about sex offenders in the State of Minnesota. Information about all sex offenders currently living in Minnesota can be obtained using its public registrant search tool. It provides information about individual offenders, including their full name, date of birth, photograph, offense information, and release date, amongst others.

How to Obtain Inmate Information

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office provides regularly updated information about current inmates and newly released inmates via an online jail roster. It provides general information such as the inmate name, charges, bail, and court date. The Sheriff’s Office also provides information about its correctional facilities as well as outstanding warrants, bail and visiting guidelines on its website.

COURT RECORDS

Public access to cases records at the Hennepin County District Court can be obtained online, in person or by mail. Interested parties can view court opinions and records of cases heard at the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals using the Minnesota Public Access Courthouse (MPA Courthouse) platform. Court records can also be requested by filling out a copy request form including a check or money order payable to "District Court Administrator".

The application can be submitted in-person or mailed to:

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

The office opens between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

VITAL RECORDS

Minneapolis vital records can be obtained at the county and state level. Eligible members of the public may apply for birth certificates, death certificates, and records of domestic partnership. A government-issued I.D may be required for most records.

How to Obtain Divorce Records

Records for marriage dissolutions issued within Minneapolis can be obtained by contacting the Hennepin District Court office. A divorce/dissolution Form should be completed and sent to:

Hennepin Co. Govt. Center
300 South 6th Street
Rm. #C-332
Minneapolis, MN 55487

How to Obtain Marriage Records

Hennepin County provides marriage records for all marriage license applications that were originally made in the county. Marriage certificate applications can be requested by mail, by fax or in person. In-person and mailed applications should be notarized and include a completed copy of a signed request for copy of marriage record, a valid I.D, and a check or money order. In-person applications can be made at any of the Hennepin County service centres. Mailed applications should be sent to:

Vital Records – Director of Licensing
Hennepin County Government
300 South 6th St, Suite A025
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026

How to Obtain Birth Records

Hennepin County serves as the custodian of birth records in the City of Minneapolis. To be eligible for application, the birth must have occurred in Minnesota. There are two types of birth certificates: certified and non-certified. Non-certified copies are not accepted for legal purposes.

To be eligible to apply for a birth certificate, requesters must meet the requirements of approved persons. Birth certificate applications can be obtained by mail or in person.

In-person and mailed applications should be notarized and include a completed copy of an unsigned certified birth certificate application or a non-certified birth certificate application, a government-issued I.D and a check or money order. Walk-in applications can be made at any of the Hennepin County Service Centres spread across the county. Mailed applications should be sent to:

Vital Records Office, Hennepin County Government
Center 300 South 6th St, Suite A025
Minneapolis MN 55487-0026

How to Obtain Death Records

The Hennepin County provides death records for all deaths that occurred from 1997 till present in the State of Minnesota. Certificates for deaths that occurred outside Hennepin County before 1997, can be obtained from the county where the death occurred. To be eligible to apply for a death certificate, requesters must qualify to be on the list of approved persons. Death certificate applications can be requested by mail or in person. In person and mailed applications should be notarized and include a completed copy of an unsigned certified death certificate application, a government-issued I.D, and a check or money order. In-person applications can be made at any of the Hennepin County service centres. Mailed applications should be sent to the:

Vital Records Office, Hennepin County Government
Center 300 South 6th St, Suite A025
Minneapolis MN 55487-0026