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?

It takes the Minnesota Department of Health two to three weeks to process a request for a non-certified birth record.

As of September 18, 2017, the Office of Vital Records is mailing non-certified copies of birth records from applications received on August 24, 2017.

Rush processing requests received as of September 15, 2017 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.vitalrecords@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5970.