Birth Records and Paternity

STATUS REPORT (On March 2, 2015)

The Office of Vital Records has completed paternity court-ordered requests received on:

January 30, 2015

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

Forms and Instructions

How do I get a certified copy of a filed Recognition of Parentage or other parentage forms?

  • By email. You can scan and email your application to health.issuance@state.mn.us. A raised notary seal must be shaded by pencil.
  • By fax. You can fax your application to 651-201-5740. Do not fax it more than once; each application will be processed as a separate request. A raised notary seal must be shaded by pencil.
  • By mail. You can 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 still have questions about how to get a certified copy of a filed Recognition of Parentage or other paternity form, email us at health.issuance@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5980.

How do I add a father to a birth record?

  • With a Recognition of Parentage (ROP) form

The Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage (Interactive PDF/4 pages) is a form that allows a biological father to establish paternity when he is not married to the mother. The form may be filed when a child is born or any time after the birth. The ROP form must be signed and dated by both parents in front of a notary public. The ROP may be completed at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth or be filed later. The ROP must be filed with the Office of Vital Records for it to be considered valid. There is no fee to file an ROP. The ROP cannot be used to establish parentage for same-sex couples.

When completing the ROP form, information such as child's name and mother's name must match exactly the information on the child's birth record. The form must be free of corrections and cross outs or it will be rejected.

If the mother is married to someone who is not the father when the child is born, her spouse may complete a Spouse’s Non-parentage Statement (SNPS) within a year after the child’s birth. Both the SNPS and the ROP forms must be filed to replace the spouse's name with the biological father's name on the child's birth record.

Parentage forms are available from a county child support office or the Minnesota Department of Human Services website. For more information about the ROP Program, call the Department of Human Services at 651-296-2542 or 1-800-657-3954 or visit a child support office.

If you still have questions about how to file a Recognition of Parentage or other parentage form, email us at health.paternity@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5961.

  • With a court order

A legal parent including a biological father can be added to a birth record with a court order.

The court order must show the child’s name and date of birth as it appears on the birth record. The order must state that the person is the legal parent of the child and that the legal parent's name is to be added to the child's birth record.

The Office of Vital Records charges a $40 fee to add a legal parent's name, including a legal father to a birth record with a court order. Fees are non-refundable per (Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226).

Mail a certified copy only of the paternity court order with $40 fee to:

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

For more information on getting a court order to establish paternity please see the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

If you have questions about adding a spouse to a birth record with a court order, email us at health.paternity@state.mn.us or call 651-201-5990.