How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Minnesota
There are times in life where you have to verify your identity to apply for a job, school, the military or some other legal purpose. A certified copy of your birth certificate is perfect for this occasion.
If you were born in Minnesota, you could obtain a copy of your birth certificate quite easily by following the process below.
Minnesota’s Department of Health handles all birth records, and they have been retaining them since 1900.
Minnesota has strict laws about who can access birth records. To order a copy of your birth certificate, you would need to be:
- You, if you are 18 or older.
- Your parents.
- Your siblings.
- Your children.
- Your legal guardian.
- Your lawyer.
First, you must complete an application and provide proper photo identification. You must also sign the application and show you have a tangible interest in the document.
You may visit one of the 109 county offices to pick up a copy in person. You can also choose to apply through the mail. Mail processing times are 3-4 weeks, but you can request expedited service. If you apply by mail, you must have your application notarized and mail it along with your fees to:
Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering – Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499
You may also order a copy via fax by using the number 651-201-5740.
Minnesota also allows ordering through email if you have your application notarized, fill in credit card information and send a legible copy of your photo ID to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your record is not located, you will receive a Statement of No Birth Record Found document.
You must pay a non-refundable $26 fee for the first copy, and you will pay another $19 for each additional copy.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.