Non-certified Copies of Birth Records
A non-certified copy is a plain paper copy of a birth record. Non-certified copies are for informational use only and cannot be used for legal purposes. If you need a certificate for legal use, please go to Birth Certificates.
The Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health generally takes up to two weeks to process a request for a non-certified 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 April 9, 2015.
Expedited requests received on April 16, 2015 also have been mailed.
Who can get a non-certified copy of a birth record?
- Anyone can get non-certified copy of a public birth record.
- Some records are confidential and can be issued only to certain people. If you request a copy of a confidential record you must sign and date your Noncertified Birth Record Transcript Application (Interactive PDF: 338KB/2 pages) in front of a notary public.
- If you are the mother listed on the record, you can request a copy that includes medical information if the birth occurred in 2001 or later. If you request medical information you must sign and date your application in front of a notary public.
How do I get a non-certified copy of a birth record?
- Complete a Noncertified Birth Record Transcript Application (Interactive PDF: 338KB/2 pages)
- If the record you want is confidential or if you are the mother asking for a copy with medical information, you must sign your application in front of a notary public.
- The fee is $13. If you order more than one copy, each additional copy of the same record is $6. Fees are non-refundable (Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226).
- If no birth record can be found, you will receive a “Statement of No Birth Record Found.”
Where do I get a non-certified copy of a birth record?
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 a local issuance office in any county in the state for records 1900-present. Pre-1900 records are available only in the county of birth.
Apply by email, fax or mail to the MN Vital Records Office for records 1900-present.
Payment is accepted by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check or money order and is deposited upon receipt.
- By email. You can scan and email your application to email@example.com. 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. You can 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. You can mail your application to:
Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering – Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499
If you want a copy of a record for someone born in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.
If you still have questions about how to apply for a non-certified copy of a birth record, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-201-5980.