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Are Minnesota Vital Records Open to the Public?

Minnesota is an open records state and as such most vital records may be readily accessed by members of the public in accordance with the Minnesota Data Practices Act. The act guarantees members of the public the right to inspect and copy public records as well as have any data in the records which may not be understood or explained to them.

What Information Do I Need to Search for Minnesota Vital Records Online?

When carrying out searches for Minnesota vital records online, interested parties will be required to provide the search engine/website with any information necessary for the facilitation of this task. Generally, this information includes:

  • Names of the parties on the record
  • The date the vital event occurred
  • The town, city or county the event took place
  • Case number (when searching for divorce records)

Publicly available vital records are also accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.

What Do I Need to Obtain Minnesota Vital Records?

In accordance with the Minnesota Data Practices Act, parties who wish to obtain copies of vital records in the state are generally not required to provide a form of identification or a reason for trying to obtain the records in question. However, some of these records are classified as private or confidential and access to them may be restricted. In situations like this, the requestor may be required to provide certain information, usually in the form of a government-issued photo ID, for identification and/or clarification purposes, necessary to facilitate access to the required data.

What’s the difference between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

In the state of Minnesota, non-certified copies of vital records are used for informational purposes only while certified copies of the same records may be used for legal purposes.

Are Minnesota Marriage Records Public Information?

Marriage Records in the state of Minnesota are public records and are accessible by interested members of the public.


How do I find marriage records in Minnesota?

The Minnesota Official Marriage System is a database created and maintained by the state to aid members of the public who wish to search for marriage records online. However, some counties in the state do not have records uploaded to this database. Interested parties who are interested in obtaining copies of marriage certificates online may utilize the services of a third-party vendor. In addition to this, members of the public may also obtain marriage records by contacting the county where the marriage license was issued. Copies of marriage records typically cost $9. This is exclusive of any additional fees that may be accrued if these records are not obtained in person.

Are Minnesota Divorce Records Public Information?

Divorce Records are public information in the state of Minnesota and can be accessed by any member of the public. In some cases, however, divorce records may be sealed. This may happen when both divorcing parties agree to do so or if one party petitions the court to seal the record. In both cases, good cause has to be shown before the presiding judge may agree to seal the records in question.

How do I find Divorce Records in Minnesota?

In addition to searching for and obtaining divorce records online through the use of a third-party vendor, copies of divorce decrees may also be obtained from the district court in the county where the divorce proceeding was heard. To assist interested parties with this task, the Minnesota judicial branch maintains an online directory that contains contact information as well as directions to all the county courts in the state. Finally, interested parties may also view divorce records online through the Minnesota Trial Court Public Access Remote View Portal. However, parties who wish to utilize this method for finding divorce records will be required to input the case number into the portal before the records may be located.

Are Minnesota Birth Records Public Information?

Birth Records in the state of Minnesota are generally public records and may be requested by any member of the public. However, birth records of children born to unwed mothers are considered confidential, and unless designated public by the birth mother at the time of birth, access to these records is restricted to the following parties:

  • A registrant on the record who is at least 16 years old
  • A parent named on the record or a legal guardian with certified proof of guardianship
  • Authorized representatives of certain state programs
  • Parties who can provide a court order authorizing the unsealing of the birth records.

How Do I Find Minnesota Birth Records?

Interested parties who wish to obtain Minnesota birth records may do so by contacting any of the state county vital records offices. Copies of birth records may also be obtained from the Minnesota State Office of Vital Records. Requestors will be required to complete either a Birth Certificate Application or a Non-certified Birth Record Application which should be submitted either via fax through (651) 201-5740 or by mail-in to:

Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering – Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499

Non Certified birth records may be obtained by any member of the public while certified copies of birth certificates are typically only issued to parties who can prove tangible interest in the record. Certified copies of birth certificates cost $26 each while non-certified copies of birth records cost $13 each and an additional $6 for extra copies of the same record.

Finally, members of the public may also find copies of Minnesota birth records through a number of third-party websites that provide requestors with the advantage of obtaining these records remotely.

Are Minnesota Death Records Open to the Public?

Minnesota Death Records are open records and can be accessed by any interested member of the public.

How Do I Find Death Records in Minnesota?

Interested parties may obtain copies of records for deaths that occurred from 1997-present from any of the state’s county Vital Records offices. For in-person requests for death records pre-1997, requestors will have to contact the local vital records office of the county where the death occurred. Interested parties can also mail-in requests for death records to the state office of vital records. Requestors will be required to fill either a Death Certificate Application or a Non-Certified Death Record Application.

Parties who wish to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate are required to sign and date the application form in the presence of a notary public. As is the case with Minnesota birth records, certified copies of death certificates may only be obtained by interested parties who can prove a tangible interest in the record while non-certified copies may be obtained by any member of the public.

Certified and noncertified death records cost $13 per copy and $6 for each extra copy of the same record

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Minnesota?

Adoption records in the state of Minnesota are sealed by statutory law and may only be accessed by authorized parties which include, but is not limited to, adoptees that are at least 19 years old and birth parents named on an adoptee's birth record. These parties may obtain non-certified copies of birth records by filing an Adopted Person’s Request for Original Birth Record Information or Request for the Original Birth Record of an Adopted Person application form respectively and submitting the completed form via mail-in to:

Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering – Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499

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