Birth Records and Paternity

STATUS REPORT
As of December 15, the Office of Vital Records has completed paternity court-ordered requests received on:

September 16, 2014

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 spouse to a birth record?

  • With a Recognition of Parentage (ROP) form

The Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage (Interactive PDF/4 pages) may be filed when two parents are not married to each other when a child is born. It 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. There is no fee to file an ROP.

Child’s and mother’s information must match exactly the information on the birth record and there must be no corrections or cross outs on the form or it will be rejected.

If the mother is married to someone who is not the father when the child is born, that man may complete a Spouse’s Non-parentage Statement (SNPS) within a year after the child’s birth. Both the SNPS and ROP must be filed in order to add the biological father to the 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

If filing a Recognition of Parentage form is not possible, a biological father can be added to a birth record with a paternity 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 father is the legal father of the child and that he is to be added to the birth record.

There is a $40 fee to add a 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.