Non-certified Copies of Death Records

A non-certified copy is a plain paper copy of a death record. It does not show an issue date or issuance location. 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 Death Certificates.

STATUS REPORT (On February 23, 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 death 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 death certificates from applications received on February 5, 2015.

Expedited requests received on February 19, 2015 also have been mailed.

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

  • Anyone can get non-certified copy of a death record.

How do I get a non-certified copy of a death record?

Where do I get a non-certified copy of a death 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 1997-present. Pre-1997 records are available only in the county of death or the Minnesota Office of Vital Records.

Apply by email, fax or mail to the MN Office of Vital Records for records 1908-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. 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
PO Box 64499
St Paul, MN 55164-0499

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

If you want a copy of a record for someone who died in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.

If you still have questions about applying for a non-certified copy of a death record, email us at health.issuance@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5980.