Safe at Home

Safe at Home is a program provided by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Safe at Home Office. It is designed to help people who fear for their safety to maintain a confidential address.

Safe at Home participants are assigned a P.O. Box address by the Safe at Home Office. Program participants can legally use their assigned P.O. address in place of their real address and they cannot be required to disclose their real address. Every participant is given a Safe at Home card that indicates their assigned Safe at Home address.

To get more information about the program, contact the Safe at Home Office at 651-201-1399.


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Use your Safe at Home address for county programs

To use your P.O. Box address in Hennepin County programs, present your Safe at Home participant card to the county program or department at the time of a transaction. The Hennepin County program or department must accept and use the P.O. Box address shown on your Safe at Home participant card for that transaction. Unless you are purchasing a home in Hennepin County, you cannot be required to disclose your real address.

In Hennepin County, you must present your Safe at Home card to each program or department separately.

If you have concerns about your information

In some cases, the fact that you reside in Hennepin County or receive services from Hennepin County will be public information. If you have safety concerns about this, get guidance by calling the Safe at Home Office at 651-201-1399.

If you are purchasing a home in Hennepin County

Property records are public, but there are laws in place that allow Safe at Home participants’ property record to be privatized. The laws are not retroactive and they do not apply to participants who already own their home.

If you are purchasing a home as a Safe at Home participant, before you make an offer on a home get guidance by calling the Safe at Home Office at 651-201-1399.

How to protect your address when purchasing a home

Step 1 – Obtain a Real Property Notice. You can only get this notice by having the Safe at Home Office mail it to you. To request a Real Property Notice or to get more information on how the notice works, contact the Safe at Home Office at 651-201-1399.

Step 2 – Submit your Real Property Notice (which identifies the property to be protected) to the Hennepin County Recorder’s Office at:

Hennepin County Recorder
A-500 Government Center
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Map
612-348-3066

If you submit your Real Property Notice while you are in the process of purchasing your home, your address information will be protected until your Safe at Home status expires.

How to continue to protect the address of your home

If you have renewed your Safe at Home status with the Safe at Home Office, you must resubmit your Real Property Notice to Hennepin County to ensure ongoing protection of your address information with the county. This must be done before your Safe at Home status expires.

How to keep your Safe at Home status up to date

Your information will be protected as described above until your Safe at Home status expires. If you have renewed your Safe at Home status with the Safe at Home Office, you must resubmit your documents to Hennepin County to ensure ongoing protection of your information with the county. This must be done before your Safe at Home status expires.

How to request your personal information

If you need the county to share information it has about you with a third party (for example, when you sell your home), contact the Hennepin County Responsible Authority at 612-348-4307.

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