Office of Vital Records


The Office of Vital Records maintains birth and death records for the state of Minnesota. Births have been registered electronically since 2001 and deaths since 1997.

State birth records start in 1900 and death records in 1908. If you want a copy of a birth or death record prior to those years please contact the local issuance office in the county where the birth or death occurred.

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

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

All requests must be made by mail, email, or fax. Fees are required for all services at the time of application and are non-refundable per Minnesota Statute 144.226.

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