Death Certificates

The Office of Vital Records maintains death records for the state of Minnesota. Deaths have been registered electronically since 1997.

State death records start in 1908. If you want a copy of a death record prior to those years please contact the local issuance office in the county where the death occurred.

If you want a copy of a record for a death that occurred in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.

STATUS REPORT (On October 20, 2014)

The Office of Vital Records is currently mailing death certificates from applications received on September 12.

Expedited requests received on October 16 also have been mailed.

Please note: the Office of Vital Records deposits fees the same day it receives them, which occurs before an order for a certificate is completed.

How do I get a death certificate?

  • You can obtain a death certificate only if you have tangible interest.
  • Valid ID is required.
  • The fee is $13. If you order more than one copy, each additional copy of the same record is $6. Fees are non-refundable as per Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226.
  • If no death record can be found, you will receive a certified “Statement of No Death Record Found.”

Where do I get a death certificate?

For same day service: Visit a local issuance office in any county in the state for records 1997-present. Pre-1997 records are available only in the county of death or through the Minnesota Office of Vital Records (see below). Pre-1908 records are available only in the county of death.

 

Apply by email, fax or mail to the MN Office of Vital Records for records 1997-present. The Death Certificate Application (Interactive PDF: 167KB/2 pages) must be signed and dated in front of a notary public.

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 651-201-5750. 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.

Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering – Vital Records
PO Box 64499
St Paul, MN 55164-0499

The Minnesota Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service.

If you need a certificate for someone who died 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 death certificate, email us at health.issuance@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5980.