Services available by phone, fax and online

We continue to process mailed and faxed requests for vital records. Staff are also monitoring and responding to emails during the closure.

For assistance with vital records, please email license.gc@hennepin.us.

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.

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 death record 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.

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: $13
  • Each additional certified copy of the same record: $6
  • Non-certified copy: $13
  • One-day processing fee: $20 (optional)

Apply by fax

Application process

  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 (e-notarizations are not accepted at this time).
  4. Fax your signed and notarized authorization form to 612-348-2010. For $20 expedited processing write "Expedite" on the authorization form.

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: $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 death record application and this fax cover sheet (PDF) by FAX to 612-348-2010.
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