Non-certified copy of a death record - MDH

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.

How long does it take to get a non-certified copy of a death record?

If you need a non-certified copy of a death record quickly, make your request in person or by mail to one of the 109 county vital records offices in Minnesota.

As of October 15, 2018, the Office of Vital Records is mailing non-certified copies of death records from applications received on October 5, 2018.

Rush processing requests received as of October 11, 2018 for non-certified copies of death records have also 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 a county vital records office in Minnesota for hours of service and whether mailed in applications are accepted. The Office of Vital Records (state office) does not have walk-in service.

For same day service: Visit a vital records office in any Minnesota county for records 1997-present. Pre-1997 records are available only in the county of death or from the Office of Vital Records.

Apply by fax or mail to the 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 fax. 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. Mail your application to:

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

The 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 have questions about applying for a non-certified copy of a death record, contact at health.vitalrecords@state.mn.us or 651-201-5970.