About the Office of Vital Records - Minnesota Dept. of Health

About the Office of Vital Records

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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 vital records 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.

Services and Certificates

The Office of Vital Records issues certificates and makes changes to records. All requests to the Office of Vital Records must be made by mail or fax. The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service. Fees for services and certificates are due with your application. Fees are not refundable. Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226.

Please choose a topic from the menu on the left for more information about our services.

How long does it take to get birth and death documents?

If you need a birth or death document quickly, make your request in person or by mail to one of the 108 county vital records offices in Minnesota.

As of November 15, 2019, the Office of Vital Records is fulfilling requests for birth and death documents from applications specifying regular processing and received on or before October 11, 2019.

Documents from requests received at the Office of Vital Records on or before November 13, 2019 and specifying rush processing, are in the mail.

Public Viewing Stations

County vital records offices offer walk in and same-day service for birth and death certificates. If you want information about a Minnesota vital record, some county vital records offices provide public access to look up and view birth and death records. The state Office of Vital Records does not have a public viewing station.

The following counties have public viewing stations:

Beltrami
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Carver
Cass
Chippewa
Clay
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Dodge
Douglas

Houston
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Marshall
Martin
McLeod

Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Pennington
Pipestone
Pope
Redwood
Renville
Rock

Sibley
Steele
Stevens
Todd
Traverse
Wabasha
Wadena
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Wright
Yellow Medicine

The Minnesota Historical Society in downtown St. Paul also has a public viewing station.

Vital Records News

The Office of Vital Records publishes Vital Records News each month. The newsletter covers topics in birth and death registration, local issuance, the Minnesota Registration & Certification (MR&C) system and other vital records program interests.

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Updated Monday, 18-Nov-2019 07:27:41 CST