Application process: Minnesota

Identification process in Minnesota

The Health Department of Minnesota requires applicants to prove their identity by notarizing an “application form”.This process is very common and used by many states. Please refer to our Notarized Process Page to know more about this process. We have analyzed and processed this document to be a part of your application packet. You will simply need to bring your ID to a public notary in order to have this document created.

Please note that the Health Department is not requiring a photocopy of your ID. The Sworn Letter will be enough proof of identify.

Who may apply for birth or death certificate?

Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:

Birth
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Grand parent
  • Grand child
  • Spouse
  • Legal guardian
Death
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Grand parent
  • Grand child
  • Sibling
  • Spouse

Please note: If you can provide documentation of legal interest, or if you are holding a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

How Long Will Birth Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 4 to 6 business weeks to get your birth certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Long Will Death Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 4 to 6 business weeks to get your death certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Can I Pay For My Certificate Application?

The State of Minnesota accepts the following payment:

Please address this payment to: Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota State Fee: Birth $26, Death $13

This fee will change if you order more than one copy or request rush processing.

Exception and Date Limit?

If you were born before 1900 you will need to contact the Archive department in order to access to your original records.