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Minnesota Death Records

Minnesota death records may be ordered from the state Department of Health. This information is considered public but will only be released to people who have a tangible interest in it. They may also be ordered from a website which provides vital records for a fee.


Who Can Order Minnesota Death Records

MN death records may only be ordered by the deceased’s immediate family members, the person who filed the death certificate, or an attorney acting for the deceased’s estate or a family member. The following relatives of the deceased can order a Minnesota death record:

  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild

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Fee for Ordering MN Death Records

The fee for the first copy of the death record is $13.00. Additional copies of the death certificate for the same person cost $6.00 each. If the death record cannot be found, the amount paid is non-refundable. A Statement of No Death Record Found will be issued in that instance.

Credit cards are accepted for mail orders. You will need to provide your card number, the name on the card, the expiration date, and the three-digit security code located on the back of the card.

Order Minnesota Death Records in Person

You can order a death record for an event which took place from 1997 to the present by going to any local issuance office in the state. To order a record for a death which occurred before 1997, go to the county office where the death occurred.

Order MN Death Records by Mail

Mail orders for MN death records should be sent to the Office of the State Registrar. The address is as follows:

Minnesota Department of Health Central Cashiering – Vital Records
PO Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499

Expedited delivery is available for mail orders. If you would like the death record sent to you by Federal Express, you will need to pay an additional $16.00.

Processing time for regular orders is four-six weeks. Expedited orders cost an additional $20.00 over the standard fee for a death record.

Order Minnesota Death Records by Fax

To place an order for an MN death record by fax, you will need to provide your credit card information along with you request. The application form must be signed in front of a notary public. If the notary uses a raised seal to notarize the document, this part of the page must be shaded with a pencil so that it can be examined on faxed copy.

If you decide to fax your application form to the Vital Records Office, make sure you only send it once. Multiple copies of the same form will be processed as separate orders, and no refunds will be issued for vital records overpayments.

Along with the ordering methods listed above, you also have the option of ordering a Minnesota death record from a commercial website which is linked to an online database. You can conduct a search and request a record at any time of the day or night.