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Where do I buy a Minnesota death certificate?
- From any Minnesota county vital records office
County offices may print a death certificate order while you wait.
If you need to change a death record before you buy a certificate, read our Change a Death Record webpage.
From the Office of Vital Records.
The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service. We accept applications by mail or fax.
General death certificate information
Before you can buy a death certificate, the funeral director must record the legal facts of death. The legal facts include the date, time, and place the death occurred, and information to identify the person who died. Then, a medical professional adds the cause and manner of death to complete the death record. Sometimes, this step may mean a longer wait for a death certificate.
The Office of Vital Records keeps records of deaths that occur in the state of Minnesota. State death records start in 1908. Death records from before 1908 are available only from the vital records office in the county where the death occurred.
For information about vital events records in other states, see Where to Write for Vital Records on the CDC website.
I want to change the death certificate
Visit our Change a Death Record to learn how to request changes to a death record.
Fees and Payment
- One death certificate costs $13.
- Fees for death certificates are the same at all vital records offices statewide.
- Vital records offices will not process requests for certificates without payment in full.
- 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 does not have a service window; send your application and payment by fax or mail.
Sign your application form in front of a notary public before you send your request. The Office of Vital Records returns request forms that do not have a notary signature and stamp or seal. We also return incomplete forms or forms not paid in full at the time of application.
The Office of Vital Records accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover). We also take checks or money orders. Make your check or money order payable to Minnesota Department of Health. We deposit the payments we receive upon receipt.
Office of Vital Records processing times
As of February 20, 2024, the Office of Vital Records is mailing birth and death records and certificates from applications received on or before:
- January 17, 2024 - regular processing
- February 16, 2024 - rush processing
The Office of Vital Records deposits fees the day it receives them; this is before we review and process your request.