During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Vital Records continues to process requests for vital records documents received by fax or USPS mail. The volume of requests for birth certificates due to REAL ID requirements remains high. We are doing our best to process requests quickly and accurately. Thank you for your patience.
Most counties are providing services only by mail, email, phone, or online. Please check county vital records office websites for services offered and how to obtain them.
Where do I buy a Minnesota birth certificate?
- From any Minnesota county vital records office. A county vital records office can print a birth certificate order while you wait if the birth record does not require any changes before it can be issued.
- From the Office of Vital Records.
Birth records from before 1900 are available only from the county of birth or from the Minnesota Historical Society.
If you need a certificate for someone born in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.
How do I get a Minnesota birth certificate?
- Visit or contact a Minnesota county vital records office to get a certificate.
- Read and fill out the request form carefully.
- Pay the required fees.
Office of Vital Records Request forms
The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service. We accept applications by mail or fax.
- Birth Certificate Application (PDF)
- Solicitud de copia certificada del acta de nacimiento - Spanish (PDF)
- Codsiga Shahaadada Dhalshada - Somali (PDF)
- Daim Ntawv Thov Ntawv Pov Thawj Yug - Hmong (PDF)
- Birth Certificate Application in the Karen Language (PDF)
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.
Fees and payment
- 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.
Office of Vital Records processing times
As of July 2, 2020, the Office of Vital Records is mailing birth certificates from applications received on June 15, 2020.
Birth certificates from applications specifying rush processing and received on July 1, 2020 have also been mailed.
Where can I get more information?
If you have questions about Minnesota birth certificates, contact the Office of Vital Records at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-201-5970. Or, contact the vital records office in any county.