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.

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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. Non-certified applications may need to be notarized. E-notarizations are not accepted.
  4. Mail your completed application with check or money order to the address on the application.

Orders are processed within 7–10 business days of receipt. For one-day processing, include an additional $20 and write "Expedite" on the envelope.

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 in person

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. Bring the application, fee and acceptable identification (driver's license, state ID, passport, etc) to any Hennepin County Service Center. If you don't have acceptable identification also complete the statement of identity form (PDF).

If you choose to have the application notarized before coming in, e-notarizations are not accepted.

Fees

  • First certified copy: $26 (generally issued at time of application for in person applicants)
  • Each additional certified copy of the same record: $19
  • Non-certified copy: $13 (sometimes copy will be mailed for in person applicants)
  • One-day processing fee: $20 (optional)
  • In person payment options

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-notarizations are not accepted.
  4. Fax our Fax coversheet (PDF) and your signed and notarized authorization form to 612-348-2010.

Orders are processed within 7–10 business days of receipt. For one-day processing, include an additional $20 and write "Expedite" on the authorization 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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