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 January 20, 2015)
The Office of Vital Records takes five business days or fewer to process a request for a non-certified death certificate. Certificates are mailed in the U.S. Mail unless overnight shipping is requested. Expedited service is also available, but may not be necessary.
The Office of Vital Records is currently mailing death certificates from applications received on January 9, 2015.
Expedited requests received on January 15, 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?
- Complete a Noncertified Death Record Transcript Application (Interactive PDF: 137KB/1 page).
- The fee is $13. If you order more than one copy, each additional copy of the same record is $6. Fees are non-refundable (Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226).
- If no death record can be found, you will receive a “Statement of No Death Record Found."
Where do I get a non-certified copy of a death record?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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 email@example.com or call 651-201-5980.