How to Obtain a Death Certificate
The Office of Vital Records maintains death records for the state of Minnesota. Deaths have been registered electronically since 1997.
State death records start in 1908. If you want a copy of a death record prior to those years please contact the county vital records office in the county where the death occurred.
If you want a copy of a record for a death that occurred in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics Where to Write for Vital Records webpage for information.
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.
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Where do I get a death certificate?
Death certificates are available from all county vital records offices and the Minnesota Department of Health. Walk-in service is available at county vital records offices only. Service through the mail is available from state and county offices. The state office provides service by mail or fax.
Check with your county office about walk-in service hours and their status on mail services. The Minnesota Office of Vital Records (state office) does not have walk-in service.
For in person service: Visit any Minnesota county vital records office for records 1997-present. Pre-1997 records are available only in the county of death or through the Minnesota Office of Vital Records (see below). Pre-1908 records are available only in the county of death.
Apply by fax or mail to the Minnesota Office of Vital Records for records 1908-present. The Death Certificate Application and Instructions (PDF) must be signed and dated in front of a notary public.
Payment is accepted by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check or money order and is deposited upon receipt.
- By fax. You can fax your application to 651-201-5740. Do not fax it more than once; each application is processed as a separate request. If the notary uses a raised or embossed seal, instead of a rubber ink stamp, please lightly shade over the seal with a pencil so it is visible on the fax.
- By mail. Mail your application and check or money order to the address on the application; or, see the mailing address listed on the right side of this page.
How long does it take to get a death certificate?
As of September 29, 2020, the Office of Vital Records is mailing death certificates from applications received on September 16, 2020.
Death certificates from applications specifying rush processing and received on September 28, 2020 have also been mailed.
How do I get a death certificate?Regardless of where you go to get a Minnesota certificate, you must complete an application. Use the Death Certificate Application and Instructions (PDF) to order a certificate. You must sign and date the application in front of a notary public.
You must meet the legal requirements to get a certified death certificate.
- You must complete an application to request a certificate.
- You must show valid identification.
- You must sign your application.
- You can get a death certificate only if you have tangible interest.
- You must pay a fee of $13. If you order more than one copy, each additional copy of the same record is $6. Fees are non-refundable, as per Minnesota Statutes, section 144.226.
- You will receive a certified “Statement of No Death Record Found” if you request a certificate and the state or county vital records office cannot identify or find a record using the information you provide.
Payment is required to get a death certificate and most other vital records documents.
The Office of Vital Records returns applications that are incomplete, not signed in front of a notary public and not paid in full at the time of application.
Fees for vital records are the same at all vital records offices statewide. Check with the county vital records office for payment options. The Office of Vital Records at the state accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check or money order and is deposited upon receipt.
If you order a death certificate from the Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health, please allow approximately four to six weeks for the office to process your request. Your certificates will be sent by First-Class Mail®. For faster service and shipping, the Office of Vital Records offers rush processing and rush delivery for additional fees. Please see Death Certificate Application and Instructions (PDF) for more information.
If you have questions about how to apply for a death certificate, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-201-5970.