MFAR Search Request Instructions


Instructions for completing the form

County child protection staff are eligible to search MFAR in a juvenile protection matter under Minnesota Statutes, Section 260C, at any time, but in all cases the required search must be completed no sooner than 30 days following birth. Attorneys may request a search on behalf of a biological mother or prospective adoptive parent(s).

Minnesota Statute 259.52 allows the biological mother to request a search of the Registry at any time, provided that the information provided will be used for the sole purpose of notification of the putative father identified or as documentation that no putative father was identified, and must be notarized.

In all cases, prospective adoptive parents or their legal counsel must pay the $25 fee required to search MFAR.  Public authorities seeking to establish a child support obligation are exempt from paying the fee. Complete information including any aliases used and the social security number should be included to reduce the likelihood of later disruption, caused by erroneous identification.

Submit the MFAR Search Request Form (PDF) to:

Fathers' Adoption Registry
Office of Vital Records
Minnesota Department of Health
85 E 7th Place
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0499

A $25 fee is required to search MFAR and must be submitted along with the Search Request. Checks should be made payable to: Minnesota Department of Health.