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.

STATUS REPORT (On June 29, 2015)

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 June 17, 2015.

Expedited requests received on June 24, 2015 also have been mailed.

Who can get a non-certified copy of a birth record?

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 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 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. 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 health.issuance@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5980.