The Hennepin County Medical Examiner is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners
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Beginning January 1, 2013, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office provides death investigative services and forensic autopsy services for deaths that occur in Hennepin, Dakota and Scott counties — as well as other counties in the region if referred.
Information about the Medical Examiner mandated duties can be found in Minnesota Statute 390.
All deaths that are sudden or unexpected or occur from other than natural causes must be reported to the Medical Examiner.
The death of a loved one can cause tremendous stress and sorrow. We hope our Information for Families brochure (PDF 138K) will assist you during the grieving process, and help answer questions about the autopsy process and the role of the Medical Examiner.
If you are the immediate next-of-kin and desire a copy of an autopsy report, please complete the below form, enclose payment and return to the Medical Examiner's Office.
The funeral director handling the final arrangements for your loved one can assist you in getting copies of the death certificate.
You can also obtain certified copies from Vital Records offices in:
The counties of Hennepin, Dakota and Scott have combined resources and talent to provide the highest quality death investigation services.
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