Confidential Birth Records - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Confidential Birth Records

The birth record of a child born to unmarried parents is confidential. However, at the time of birth, the mother may designate the demographic data as public.

Confidential birth records are available only to:

  • The subject of the birth record if the individual has reached the age of 16;
  • A parent named on the birth record;
  • A legal guardian presenting a certified copy of guardianship papers;
  • An individual presenting a certified copy of a court order releasing the record to him/her, or;
  • Representatives of Minnesota programs that administer child support, medical assistance, MinnesotaCare, and services under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.23; Minnesota Statutes, chapter 260E; and, tribal child support programs, Minnesota Statutes, section 144.225, subdivision 2, paragraph (f).

To order a certificate, complete the Birth Certificate Application (PDF) form. Sign and date the application in front of a notary public if you order the certificate by mail or fax.


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Statutory Authority:
Minnesota Statutes, section 144.225, subdivision 2.

Updated Tuesday, 22-Dec-2020 10:59:50 CST