Confidential birth records

Confidential birth records

The birth record of a child born to unmarried parents is confidential, unless, at the time of birth, the mother designates the demographic data as public.

Confidential birth records are available only to:

  • the subject of the birth record if the individual has reached the age of 16;
  • a parent named on the birth record;
  • a legal guardian presenting a certified copy of guardianship papers;
  • an individual presenting a certified copy of a court order releasing the record to him/her, or;
  • the Commissioner of Human Services or authorized representative.

Use the Birth Certificate Application (PDF) form to order a certificate. You must sign and date the application in front of a notary public.


Statutory Authority:
Minnesota Statutes, section 144.225, subdivision 2.

Updated Monday, February 06, 2017 at 10:51AM