Office of Vital Records - Minnesota Department of Health

Office of Vital Records

The Office of Vital Records maintains birth and death records for the state of Minnesota. Births have been registered electronically since 2001 and deaths since 1997.

State birth records start in 1900 and death records in 1908. If you want a copy of a birth or death record prior to those years please contact the local issuance office in the county where the birth or death occurred.

If you want a copy of a record for a birth or death that occurred in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.

Services and Certificates

The Office of Vital Records issues certificates and makes changes to records. All requests must be made by mail, email, or fax. The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service. You must pay a non-refundable fee for all services when you apply per Minnesota Statute 144.226.

Please choose a topic from the menu on the left for more information about our services.

Public Viewing Stations

Local county issuance offices offer walk in and same-day service for birth and death certificates. If you want information about a Minnesota Vital Record, some county local issuance offices provide public access to look up and view birth and death records. Information about records is not available over the phone. The state Office of Vital Records does not have a public viewing station.

The following counties have public viewing stations:

Beltrami
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Carver
Cass
Chippewa
Clearwater
Dodge

Douglas
Houston
Hubbard
Itasca
Kandiyohi
Lac Qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Marshall

Martin
McLeod
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Pennington
Pipestone
Pope
Redwood
Renville

Rock
Sibley
Steele
Todd
Traverse
Wadena
Washington
Watonwan
Wright
Yellow Medicine

The Minnesota Historical Society in downtown St. Paul also has a public viewing station.

Vital Records News

The Office of Vital Records publishes Vital Records News each month. The newsletter covers topics in birth and death registration, local issuance, the Minnesota Registration & Certification (MR&C) system and other vital records program interests.

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