Death

We have records of deaths occurring in Hennepin County, as well as any deaths occurring in the State of Minnesota from 1997-present. You can request a certified copy at any of our service center locations. You may also request a certified copy by mail or fax, but your submitted request must be notarized.

If the death occurred outside Hennepin County before 1997, you must contact the county where the death occurred.

To get a certified death certificate you must have tangible interest. Uncertified copies are also available, but are not accepted for legal purposes.

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By mail

Your order will be processed in 7 - 10 business days from the date we receive your notarized request. Expedited processing is available for an additional $20. Expedited requests will be processed the same day. 

  1. Complete the death record application (PDF).
  2. Print but do not sign the application.
  3. Get your application notarized.
  4. Include check or money order payment.
    • First certified copy: $13
    • Each additional certified copy of the same record: $6
    • Uncertified copy: $13
    • (Optional) Expedite same day processing fee: $20
  5. Mail your completed, signed and notarized application, along with check or money order to the address on the application. For expedited processing include the $20 expedite fee and write "Expedite" on the outside of your envelope.

In person

  1. Complete the death record application (PDF).
  2. Print but do not sign the application.
  3. Bring your unsigned application, payment and identification (driver’s license, passport, etc) to any Hennepin County Service Center.

Cost

  • First certified copy: $13 – generally issued at time of application
  • Each additional certified copy of the same record: $6
  • Uncertified copy: $13 – sometimes copy will be mailed
  • Payment options

By fax

Your order will be processed in 7 - 10 business days from the date we receive your notarized request. Expedited processing is available for an additional $20. Expedited requests received by 2 p.m. CST will be processed that same day. Expedited requests received after 2 p.m. will be processed the next business day.

  1. Begin your order at VitalChek.
  2. After placing your order print the Vital Records Authorization form but don't sign it.
  3. Get the authorization form notarized.
  4. Fax your signed and notarized authorization form to 612-348-2010. For $20 expedited processing write "Expedite" on the authorization form.

Cost

  • First certified copy: $13
  • Each additional certified copy of the same record: $6
  • Uncertified copy: $13
  • VitalChek fee: $7
  • (Optional) UPS express mail: $20
  • (Optional) Expedite processing: $20

If you are unable to place your order through VitalChek

  1. Complete the death record application (PDF).
  2. Print but do not sign the application.
  3. Get your application notarized.
  4. Submit the birth record application and this fax cover sheet (PDF) by FAX to 612-348-2010.   
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