Birth

Certified copies of a birth certificate are available for those born in Minnesota. If the birth occurred outside of Minnesota, contact the vital records office of that state.

To get a certified birth certificate the birth record must be your own or you must have a legal interest. Non-certified copies are also available, but are not accepted for legal purposes.

Check order status

If it's been over four (4) weeks since you ordered submit a Vital records inquiry form.

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Apply by mail

Application process

  1. Complete a certified birth certificate application (PDF) or non-certified birth certificate application (PDF).
  2. Print but do not sign the application.
  3. Certified applications must be notarized (e-notarization is acceptable). Non-certified applications may need to be notarized.
  4. Mail your completed application with check or money order to the address on the application.

Processing times

Regular processing

Orders will be processed within 2 - 3 weeks of receipt.

Faster processing

  • Orders will be processed within 3 - 5 business days
  • You must include an additional $20 and write "Expedite" on the envelope

Order status

If it's been over four (4) weeks since you ordered use our Vital records order inquiry form.

Fees

  • First certified copy: $26
  • Each additional certified copy of the same record: $19
  • Non-certified copy: $13
  • One-day processing fee: $20 (optional)

Apply by fax

Application process

  1. Begin your order at VitalChek.
  2. Print the Vital Records Authorization form but don't sign it.
  3. Get the authorization form notarized. E-notarization is accepted.
  4. Fax our Fax coversheet (PDF) and your signed and notarized authorization form to 612-348-2010.

Processing times

Regular processing

Orders will be processed within 2 - 3 weeks of receipt.

Faster processing

  • Orders will be processed within 3 - 5 business days
  • You must include an additional $20 and write "Expedite" on the envelope

Order status

If it's been over four (4) weeks since you ordered use our Vital records order inquiry form.

Fees

  • First certified copy: $26
  • Each additional certified copy of the same record: $19
  • Non-certified copy: $13
  • VitalChek fee: $7
  • UPS express mail: $20 (optional)
  • One-day processing: $20 (optional)

Additional information

If you are unable to place your order through VitalCheck apply in person or by mail.

Birth verification

A birth verification document confirms that a birth record is on file with the State of Minnesota. It is not the same as a birth certificate.

If the birth record is restricted or confidential, we cannot release any information other than whether or not there is a record on file for the name provided.

How to apply

Apply in person for a birth verification at any Hennepin County Service Center. For a shorter wait time, make an appointment.

Cost

Birth verifications are $9 per copy. A number of payment options are available.

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