TN 24 (07-04)

GN 00308.048 Minnesota Vital Records

A. Process

Divorce records are available from the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the parties filed for divorce for $10.00 a certified copy. Marriage records are available from the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the license was issued for $8.00 a certified copy.

Copies of birth or death records may be obtained from the Clerk of the District Court of the county where the event occurred. For birth or death records in Minneapolis or St. Paul, write to the Vital Records Office of the city where the event occurred. All counties charge $11.00 for a birth certificate and $8.00 for a death certificate.

NOTE: Minnesota Statutes restrict access to a certified birth or death certificate to a person who has a tangible interest in the requested certificate. A document request, including from a federal or state agency, must be notarized. For more information, use the link in GN 00308.048B.1.

B. Procedure - state sources

1. Address and FO Code

Birth/death:

State Dept. of Health
Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882

Phone: 651-201-5970
Fax: 651-291-0101.

FO Code 677

Marriage/divorce:

Clerk of District Court
(County where filed)

NOTE: You can find the most up-to-date information from the Forms and Applications site. In addition, you can find EIN information here .

2. Cost of Copy:

Birth $26.00 certified copy, $13.00 uncertified copy; Death $13.00; Marriage $8.00 certified copy, $5.00 uncertified copy; Divorce $10.00 certified copy, $5.00 uncertified copy.

Contact the local registrar in the county where the marriage certificate was issued or the divorce was granted for marriage and divorce fee information. For copies of marriage and divorce decrees, this website provides current information: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/osr/mardiv.html .

3. Type of Payment:

No restrictions. (See remarks)

4. Remarks:

State BVS accepts major credit cards. Cost then is $29.50 for birth and $26.50 for death certificates. State BVS accepts major credit card requests by telephone by call (218) 847-2151.

Requests for birth certificates (BC) for illegitimate children must be accompanied by a consent statement signed by the subject individual (if 18 or over) or by the parent or guardian.

There are no free verifications. Claimants should be encouraged to purchase their documents directly. If SSA is paying for the document, servicing FO should include a check from their imprest funds made payable to State Dept. of Health, Vital Statistics, and forward to the Parallel DO with their request for the document.

IMPORTANT: State-issued BCs prior to 2001 have a state file number (SFN), but local county BCs usually do not. Since 2001, all MN BCs are abstracts issued from the same central database and have the same format, the same type of security paper, and do not have SFNs. The state plans to initiate a new BC process in approximately April 2011 and, at that time, both state and local BCs will have an SFN and there will be no difference in the appearance of state and local MN BCs.

Can FO verify, certify or obtain free copy of birth/death record? No

C. List of counties

Aitkin

Court Administrator
209 2nd St., NW
Aitkin, MN 56431
(218) 927-7336

Anoka

Court Administrator
Courthouse
Anoka, MN 55303
(612) 422-7399

Becker

County Recorder
P.O. Box 595
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(218) 847-2151

Beltrami

Birth/Death/Marriage:

Beltrami County Treasurer
619 Beltrami Ave.
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 759-4120

Divorce:

Court Administrator
P.O. Box 1008
Bimidji, MN 56601
(218) 759-4120

Benton

County Recorder
Courthouse
Foley, MN 56329
(612) 968-6254

Big Stone

County Recorder
P.O. Box 218
Ortonville, MN 56278
(612) 839-2308

Blue Earth

Director, Vital Statistics
Blue Earth County
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-8343

Brown

County Recorder
Brown County Courthouse
New Ulm, MN 56072-0248
(507) 359-7900, Ext. 31

Carlton

Court Administrator
P.O. Box 190
Carlton, MN 55718
(218) 384-4281

Carver

County Recorder
Carver County Courthouse
600 E. 4th St.
Chaska, MN 55318
(612) 448-3435, Ext. 295

Cass

Birth/Death/Marriage:

County Treasurer
Cass County Courthouse
300 Minnesota Ave.
Walker, MN 56484
(218) 547-3300

Divorce:

Clerk of Court
Cass County Courthouse
300 Minnesota Ave.
Walker, MN 56484
(218) 547-3300

Chippewa

Court Administrator
11th St. and Hwy. 7
Montevidea, MN 56265
(612) 269-7774

Chisago

Court Administrator
Chisago County Courthouse
Center City, MN 55012
(612) 257-1300

Clay

County Recorder
P.O. Box 280
Moorhead, MN 56560
(218) 299-5034

Clearwater

County Recorder
Clearwater County Courthouse
Bagley, MN 56621
(218) 694-6177

Cook

Court Administrator
P.O. Box 1150
Grand Marias, MN 55604
(218) 387-2282

Cottonwood

County Recorder
P.O. Box 326
Windom, MN 56101
(507) 831-1168

Crow Wing

Court Administrator
Crow Wing County
Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 828-3959

Dakota

Vital Statistics
Government Center
1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033
(612) 438-4312

Dodge

Birth/death/marriage:

County Recorder
Box 128
Mantorville, MN 55955
(507) 635-6250

Divorce:

Court Administrator
Box 96
Mantorville, MN 55955
(507) 635-6260

Douglas

County Recorder
305 8th Ave. W
Alexandria, MN 56308
(612) 762-3839
FAX: (612) 762-2389

Faribault

County Recorder
P.O. Box 130
Blue Earth, MN 56013
(507) 526-6252

Fillmore

Birth/death/marriage:

County Auditor
Courthouse
Preston, MN 55965
(507) 765-5339

Divorce:

Court Administrator
Courthouse
Preston, MN 55965
(507) 765-3365

Freeborn

Court Administrator
411 S. Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007
(507) 377-5153

Goodhue

Birth/death/marriage:

County Recorder
509 W. 5th St., Room 202
Red Wing, MN 55066
(612) 385-3148

Divorce:

District Court
509 W. 5th St., Room 310
Red Wing, MN 55066
(612) 385-3051

Grant

County Recorder
10 2nd St. NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
(218) 685-4133

Hennepin

Director of Licensing
Government Center
Public Service Level West
300 S. Sixth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026
(612) 348-8241

Houston

Court Administrator
Caledonia, MN 55921
(507) 724-5211

Hubbard

Birth/death:

County Recorder
Courthouse
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Marriage:

License Bureau
Hubbard County Courthouse
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Divorce:

Court Administrator
Hubbard County Courthouse
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 732-3552

Isanti

County Recorder
237 SW 2nd Ave.
Cambridge, MN 55008
(612) 689-1191

Itasca

Court Administrator
Courthouse
123 4th St., NE
Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2600
(218) 327-2870 ($10.00 Divorce)

Jackson

Court Administrator
Jackson County Courthouse
P.O. Box G
Jackson, MN 56143
(507) 847-4400

Kanabec

County Recorder
18 N. Vine St.
Mora, MN 55051
(612) 679-1441

Kandiyohi

County Recorder
P.O. Box 736
Willmar, MN 56201
(612) 231-6223

Kittson

Court Administrator
P.O. Box 39
Hallock, MN 56728
(218)843-3632

Koochiching

Court Administrator
County Courthouse
715 4th St.
International Falls, MN 56649
(218) 283-6260

Lac Qui Parle

County Recorder
P.O. Box 132
Madison, MN 56256
(612) 598-3724

Lake

Court Administrator
Lake County Courthouse
601 3rd Ave.
Two Harbors, MN 55616
(218) 834-8330

Lake of the Woods

Court Administrator
P.O. Box 808
Baudette, MN 56623
(218) 634-1451

LeSueur

County Recorder
LeSueur County Courthouse
88 S. Park Ave.
LeCenter, MN 56057
(612) 357-2251, Ext. 235

Lincoln

Court Administrator
P.O. Box 15
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
(507) 694-1355

Lyon

County Recorder
607 W. Main St.
Marshall, MN 56258
(507) 537-6722

Mahnomen

Court Administrator
County Courthouse
Mahnomen, MN 56557
(218) 935-2251

Marshall

Court Administrator
County Courthouse
Warren, MN 56762
(218) 745-4921

Martin

County Recorder
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 785
Fairmont, MN 56031
(507) 238-3213

McLeod

County Recorder
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 127
Glencoe, MN 55336
(612) 864-5551, Ext. 216

Meeker

County Treasurer
County Courthouse
Litchfield, MN 56355
(612) 693-6234

Mille Lacs

Court Administrator
County Courthouse
Milaca, MN 56353
(612) 983-8308

Morrison

County Recorder
County Courthouse
231 SE 1st Ave.
Little Falls, MN 56345
(612) 632-0146

Mower

Court Administrator
201 1st St. NE
Austin, MN 55912
(507) 437-9465

Murray

Local Registrar
Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 57
Slayton, MN 56172-0057
(507) 836-6148

Nicollet

County Recorder
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 493
St. Peter, MN 56082
(507) 931-6800, Ext. 237

Nobles

County Recorder
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 757
Worthington, MN 56187
(507) 372-8232

Norman

Court Administrator
County Courthouse
Ada, MN 56510
(218) 784-7131

Olmstead

Birth/death/marriage:

County Recorder
ATTN: Vital Statistics
151 SE 4th St.
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-8195

Divorce:

Court Administrator
151 SE 4th St., 5th Floor
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-8108

Otter Trail

County Recorder
P.O. Box 867
Fergus Falls, MN 56538
(218) 739-2271

Pennington

County Recorder
P.O. Box 619
Thief River Falls, MN 56701-0619
(218) 681-2522

Pine

County Recorder
County Courthouse
Pine City, MN 55063
(612) 629-6781

Pipestone

Court Administrator
County Courthouse
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-4550

Polk

County Recorder
612 N. Broadway
Crookston, MN 56716-0397
(218) 281-3464

Pope

County Recorder
130 E. Minnesota Ave.
Glenwood, MN 56334
(612) 634-5723
FAX: (612) 634-3087

Ramsey

Court Administrator
1215 Court House
15 Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(612) 298-5214

Red Lake

County Recorder
124 N. Main St.
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750-0003
(218) 253-2997

Redwood

County Recorder
P.O. Box 45
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
(507) 637-8330

Renville

County Recorder
500 E. DePue
Olivia, MN 56277
(612) 523-1000

Rice

County Recorder
218 NW 3rd St.
Faribault, MN 55021
(507) 334-2281

Rock

Court Administrator
Box 245
Luverne, MN 56156
(507) 283-9501

Roseau

Court Administrator
216 Center St., SW
Roseau, MN 56751
(218) 463-2541

St. Louis

Court Administrator
County Courthouse
100 N. 5th Ave. W., Room 320
Duluth, MN