Noncertified Copies of Birth Records
A noncertified copy is a plain paper copy of a birth record. Noncertified copies are only for informational use. You cannot use a noncertified copy for legal purposes. If you need a certificate for legal use, please go to Birth Certificates.
Office of Vital Records processing times
As of January 22, 2021, the Office of Vital Records is mailing noncertified birth records from applications received on or before:
- January 8, 2021 - regular processing
- January 21, 2021 - rush processing
Who can buy a noncertified copy of a birth record?
- Anyone may buy a noncertified copy of a public birth record.
- Some records are confidential; the law limits who can buy confidential records. If you request a copy of a confidential record you must sign and date your Noncertified Birth Record Application (PDF) in front of a notary public.
- If you are the mother listed on the record, you may request a copy that includes medical information if the birth occurred in 2001 or later. If you request medical information you must sign and date your application in front of a notary public.
How do I buy a noncertified copy of a birth record?
- Complete a Noncertified Birth Record Application (PDF).
- If the record you want is confidential or if you are the mother asking for a copy with medical information, you must sign your application in front of a notary public.
- The fee is $13. If you order more than one copy, each copy of the same record is $6. Fees are non-refundable (Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226).
- If a Minnesota vital records office cannot find the birth record, you will receive a “Statement of No Birth Record Found.”
- If you do not know whether the record is public or confidential, sign the form in front of a notary public.
- The Office of Vital Records returns applications that are incomplete, or not paid in full. We also return applications for confidential records or records with health information that lack a notary signature.
Where do I buy a noncertified copy of a birth record?
From a Minnesota county vital records office
You may buy a noncertified copy of a birth record from any Minnesota county vital records office. Pre-1900 records are available only in the county of birth. Check with the county vital records office close to you for information about their services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
From the Office of Vital Records
You may also order a noncertified copy of a birth record from the Office of Vital Records. Send your application by mail or fax for records 1900-present. The Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health does not have walk-in service.
If you want a copy of a record for someone born in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.