Birth Certificates - Minnesota Department of Health

Birth Certificates

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Where do I buy a Minnesota birth certificate?
How do I get a Minnesota birth certificate?
Fees and payment
Office of Vital Records processing times
Where can I get more information?

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. Request your birth certificate now if you were born in Minnesota, and avoid the rush.

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.

Our county vital records office webpage has contact information for all the counties in Minnesota. Check with a county office close to you for information about their services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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?

  1. Visit or contact a Minnesota county vital records office to get a certificate.
  2. Read and fill out the request form carefully.
  3. 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.

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 county vital records office.

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.

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Office of Vital Records processing times

Due to COVID-19, please allow the Office of Vital Records at least 30 days to process your order. You may check on your order after 30 days. Call 651-201-5970 or email

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Where can I get more information?

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

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Updated Thursday, 12-Nov-2020 10:48:22 CST