Birth Certificates - Minnesota Department of Health

Birth Certificates

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many staff have been reassigned to the agency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response. For faster service, make your request in person or by mail at a Minnesota county vital records office or order online through VitalChek - Minnesota Birth Certificates.

If you were born in another state, see Where to Write for Vital Records on the CDC website for contact information.

On this page:
Where do I buy a Minnesota birth certificate?
Birth certificate request forms
Fees and payment
Birth certificates and REAL ID
Office of Vital Records processing times
Where can I get more information?


Where do I buy a Minnesota birth certificate?

You have three options:

  • From any Minnesota county vital records office.

    Check with the county office close to you about their services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. County offices may print a birth certificate order while you wait.

Birth records from before 1900 are available only from the county of birth or from the Minnesota Historical Society.

If you have a parent notice, you can use it to purchase the birth certificate.

If you need to change a birth certificate after you purchase it, or more than a year after the birth, read our Birth Record Amendments webpage.

  • From VitalChek - Minnesota Birth Certificates.

    VitalChek is a secure vital records processing service. A number of Minnesota county vital records offices offer the option of ordering and paying for certificates online through VitalChek. You may order certificates for births or deaths that occurred in any Minnesota county. VitalChek charges an additional fee for this service, and accepts all major credit cards. We do not endorse any other internet ordering service.

  • From the Office of Vital Records.

    The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service. We accept applications by mail or fax. Due to COVID-19, please allow the Office of Vital Records at least 30 days to process your order.


Birth certificate request forms

You must sign your application form in front of a notary public before you send your request by mail or fax. The Office of Vital records returns request forms that are incomplete, not signed in front of a notary public, or not paid in full at the time of application.


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Fees and payment

General

  • One birth certificate costs $26.
  • Fees for birth certificates are the same at all vital records offices statewide.
  • Vital records offices will not process requests for certificates without payment.
  • Your payment must cover the certificates and services you request.
  • Payment options vary from county to county. Some counties may not accept payment by credit card.
  • Fees are non-refundable. Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226.

Office of Vital Records

The Office of Vital Records accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check, or money order. Make the check or money order payable to the Minnesota Department of Health and send it by mail with the application. Payment is deposited upon receipt.

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Birth certificates and REAL ID

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021. When you apply for your REAL ID, you must provide an identity document such as a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you were born in Minnesota, request your birth certificate now, and avoid the rush. If you were born in another state, see Where to Write for Vital Records on the CDC website for contact information.


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Office of Vital Records processing times

As of March 2, 2021, the Office of Vital Records is mailing birth certificates from applications received on or before:

  • January 28, 2021 - regular processing
  • March 1, 2021 - rush processing


Where can I get more information?

If you have questions about Minnesota birth certificates, contact the Office of Vital Records at health.vitalrecords@state.mn.us or 651-201-5970. Or, contact the vital records office in any county.


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Updated Tuesday, 02-Mar-2021 13:30:08 CST