Non-certified copy of a birth record - MDH

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.

How long does it take to get a non-certified copy of a birth record?

The Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health takes approximately four to six weeks to process a request for a non-certified birth record. Non-certified copies of birth records are mailed by regular USPS Mail, unless rush shipping is requested at an additional fee. Rush processing service is also available at an additional fee.

As of September 26, 2016, the Office of Vital Records is mailing non-certified copies of birth records from applications received on September 16, 2016.

Rush processing requests received as of September 22, 2016 for non-certified copies of birth records have also 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 (PDF) 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?

Where do I get a non-certified copy of a birth record?

Check with your county office about walk-in service hours and their policy on mailed in requests. The Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health does not have walk-in service.

For in person service: Visit any Minnesota county local issuance office for records 1900-present. Pre-1900 records are available only in the county of birth. The Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health does not have walk-in service.

For service by email, fax or mail: to the Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health 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. Scan and email your application to health.issuance@state.mn.us. 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 is 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
      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 health.issuance@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5980.