Noncertified Copies of Death Records - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Noncertified Copies of Death Records

A noncertified copy is a plain paper copy of a death record. It does not show an issue date or issuance location. Noncertified copies are for informational use only and cannot be used for legal purposes. If you need a certificate for legal use, please go to Death Certificates.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Vital Records continues to process requests for vital records documents received by fax or USPS mail. The volume of certificate requests due to REAL ID requirements remains high. We are doing our best to process requests quickly and accurately. Thank you for your patience.

Most counties are providing services only by mail, email, phone, or online. Please check county vital records office websites for services offered and how to obtain them.

How long does it take to get a noncertified copy of a death record?

As of July 2, 2020, the Office of Vital Records is mailing noncertified copies of death records from applications received on June 15, 2020.

Rush processing requests received as of July 1, 2020 for noncertified copies of death records have also been mailed.

Who can get a noncertified copy of a death record?

  • Anyone can get a noncertified copy of a death record.

How do I get a noncertified copy of a death record?

Where do I get a noncertified copy of a death record?

Check with a county vital records office in Minnesota for hours of service and whether mailed in applications are accepted. The Office of Vital Records (state office) does not have walk-in service.

For same day service: Visit a vital records office in any Minnesota county for records 1997-present. Pre-1997 records are available only in the county of death or from the Office of Vital Records.

Apply by fax or mail to the Office of Vital Records for records 1908-present.

Payment is accepted by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check or money order and is deposited upon receipt.

  • By fax. Fax your application to 651-201-5740. 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 to:

Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering – Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499

The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service.

If you want a copy of a record for someone who died in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.

If you have questions about applying for a noncertified copy of a death record, contact at health.vitalrecords@state.mn.us or 651-201-5970.

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Updated Thursday, 02-Jul-2020 15:20:04 CDT