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 of the Minnesota Department of Health does not have walk-in service.

The Office of Vital Records issues certificates and makes changes to records. All requests must be made by mail, email, or fax. You must pay a non-refundable fee for all services when you apply per Minnesota Statute 144.226.

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 Office of Vital Records does not have a public viewing station.

The following counties have public viewing stations:

Beltrami
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Cass
Chisago
Clearwater
Dodge
Douglas

Hennepin*
Houston
Hubbard
Itasca
Kandiyohi
Lac Qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Marshall

Martin
McLeod
Nicollet
Nobles
Pennington
Pipestone
Pope
Redwood
Renville

Rock
Sibley
Steele
Todd
Traverse
Wadena
Washington
Watonwan
Wright
Yellow Medicine

*Government Center Service Center only.
In addition, the Minnesota Historical Society in downtown St. Paul also has a public viewing station.

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Vital Records News

The Office of Vital Records has expanded its scope of reportage by discontinuing the publication of the Birth Data News and replacing it with the Vital Records News. This new monthly newsletter will continue to cover not only birth registration, but also death registration and local issuance topics. Thank you for your support of the Birth Data News. We hope you will enjoy reading our new monthly publication, which we will publish during the first week of each month.

You will receive the Vital Records News automatically from your existing subscription. We will not share your e-mail address or use it for any other purpose. Read our privacy policy for more information.