The Office of Vital Records maintains records for births occurring in the State of Minnesota back to 1900. If you want a certificate for a person born before 1900, contact the local issuance office in the county where the birth occurred. The Office of Vital Records has registered births electronically since 2001.
If you need a certificate for someone born in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.
STATUS REPORT (On January 26, 2015)
The Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health generally takes up to two weeks to process a request for a birth certificate. Certificates are mailed by regular USPS Mail, unless overnight shipping is requested at an additional fee of $16. Expedited service is also available at an additional fee of $20, but may not be necessary.
The Office of Vital Records is currently mailing birth certificates from applications received on January 16, 2015.
Expedited requests received on January 22, 2015 also have been mailed.
How do I get a birth certificate?
- You can get a birth certificate only if you have tangible interest.
- Some records are confidential and can only be obtained by certain people.
- Valid ID is required.
- The fee is $26. If you order more than one copy, each additional copy of the same record is $19. Fees are non-refundable, as per Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226.
- If no birth record can be found, you will receive a certified “Statement of No Birth Record Found.”
Where do I get a birth certificate?
Check with your county office about walk-in service hours and their status on mail services. The Minnesota Office of Vital Records (state office) does not have walk-in service.
For same day service: Visit any Minnesota county's local issuance office in any county in the state for records 1900-present. Pre-1900 records are available only in the county of birth.
For service by mail, fax or email to the Office of Vital Records for records 1900-present. The Birth Certificate Application (Interactive PDF: 169KB/2 pages) must be signed and dated in front of a notary public. Payment is accepted by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check or money order and is deposited upon receipt.
- By email. Scan and email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the notary uses a raised or embossed seal, instead of a rubber ink stamp, please lightly shade over the seal with a pencil so it is visible on the scanned image.
- By fax. Fax your application to 651-201-5740. Do not fax it more than once; each application will be processed as a separate request. If the notary uses a raised or embossed seal, instead of a rubber ink stamp, please lightly shade over the seal with a pencil so it is visible on the fax.
- By mail. Mail your application to:
Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering – Vital Records
PO Box 64499
St Paul, MN 55164-0499
If you have questions about how to get a Minnesota birth certificate, email the Office of Vital Records at email@example.com or call 651-201-5980.