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Minnesota Birth Certificates From Minnesota Office of Vital Records

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Minnesota Birth Certificate Types

  • Certified Birth Certificate – Certified copies of birth certificates that may be used for practically all legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment. These are printed on special safety paper with the state’s official seal embossed. Birth certified certificates are available for births as early as 1900.
  • Noncertified Birth Certificate – Noncertified copies of birth certificates are plain paper copies of the document. They may not be used for legal purposes, serving only as informational copies of the birth certificate. Anyone may purchase this type of birth certificate.
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Certified Birth Certificate

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Noncertified Birth Certificate

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Who can order?

Birth certificates may fall under two classifications under Minnesota law. If the child was born to a single mother, their birth records are considered “confidential,” where only the following individuals may access their records after submitting their application, paying the appropriate fees, and proving their identity:

Parents whose names appears on the record

The individual whose name appears on the birth certificate (registrant) if they are 16 years or older

Legal guardian, custodian, or conservator of the registrant (with a court order naming you specifically)

A legal representative of the individuals above (with legal documentation)

Representatives of Minnesota programs that administer child support, medical assistance, MinnesotaCare, and services under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.23; Minnesota Statutes, chapter 260E; and tribal child support programs, Minnesota Statutes, section 144.225, subdivision 2, paragraph (f). (Employee ID is required)

Pursuant to a valid, certified copy of a U.S. court order (not a subpoena), releasing the certificate

Children born to married parents have their birth certificates classified as "public records," of which the following may obtain a copy of:

  • Immediate family members of the registrant
  • Individuals who show direct interest in the document (with official files proving direct interest)

Minnesota Vital Statistics Agency Information

Minnesota Office of Vital Records

The Minnesota Office of Vital Records keeps records and issues certificates of vital events, including birth, death, fetal death, marriage, and divorce, that occurred in Minnesota. Birth certificates are available for births occurring after 1900, and death certificates available for deaths occurring after 1908.

Notice: It is in Instant Vital Records’ best interest to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on this site, but state agency information and policies may change without notice. Instant Vital Records makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, reliability, or usefulness of any information, nor do we assume the liability of such information. 

Minnesota Birth Certificates

The Minnesota Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, typically acceptable for most legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment.

Visit the Minnesota Office of Vital Records’ official page for more information.

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