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Minnesota Public RecordsMinnesota is an open records state and offers public access to most records. The exception is birth and death records, which have restrictions in place, with certified copies only released to authorized recipients. Minnesota birth records and death records are maintained by the Department of Health. To obtain Minnesota marriage records, contact the county where it occurred or look it up online through the Minnesota Official Marriage System. Other Minnesota  free public records include online access to divorce records and court records through the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Minnesota court records can also be accessed at the court that heard the case. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension operates a free online search tool for public access to Minnesota criminal records. Also, historic Minnesota public records can be researched at the State Archives and History Center Library, which offer obituaries, military, cemetery and vital records.

  • Minnesota birth records and death records are restricted and available through the Department of Health in person, by mail, email or fax.
  • Minnesota marriage records should be requested from the county where it occurred.
  • Minnesota court record and divorce records can be viewed through an online records search tool provided by the Minnesota Judiciary Branch or requested in person from the specific court that heard the case.
  • Anyone may request Minnesota criminal records using the free online search tool provided by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
  • Historic Minnesota military records, vital and cemetery records and Minnesota obituaries may be viewed at the State Archives and History Center in St. Paul.
  • About Minnesota Public Records

    Although Minnesota is an open records state, there are restrictions for ordering copies of Minnesota death record and birth records. These are only released to the person of record, a family member, or legal representative because these Minnesota online public records can be used to establish identity. However, informational copies of Minnesota birth and death records, which cannot be used for identification purposes, may be requested by anyone from the Department of Health.

    Minnesota marriage records are not restricted and can be researched online through the Minnesota Official Marriage System, which provides the marriage certificate number and date of marriage, along with the option of ordering a copy by filling out an online form. Also part of Minnesota public records are divorce records, which are available through the court system and a matter of open record.

    Searching Minnesota Online Public Records Free

    Minnesota not only provides easy access to multiple types of records, but offers easy and free online access to many of them. This includes access to Minnesota court records, which are available for online search through the Minnesota Judiciary Branch website. Also there is an overview of the Minnesota court system and the function of its courts. The court record search tool provides access to family court records, which includes divorce records, as well as civil and criminal court records, which can be narrowed down by county.

    Other Minnesota online public records free to the public are criminal records. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension operates a free public access criminal conviction records search tool that anyone may use. You must enter a first and last name and date of birth in order to perform a search of these Minnesota free online public records, however. Since only convictions are a matter of public record in this search forum, you can easily search criminal court records statewide and learn if there are any open or pending criminal actions not reported by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

    Historic Minnesota Public Records Search

    The State Archives and Minnesota Historical Society’s History Center are both housed in the same facility in St. Paul. Both the State Archives and History Center offer public access to the library, which houses these massive records collections. A Minnesota public records search here will turn up historic vital records along with cemetery records, obituaries and Minnesota military records. Topics covered include the Civil War, Revolutionary War, World Wars I and II, U.S. Dakota Conflict of 1862, and the State Militia.

    Anyone may visit, and there is no charge to perform research here. There is a fee for making copies, however. Also, if you are unable to visit, the History Center accepts online requests for certain records, including military, vital and obituaries. Also, many records collections are available to search online.



     
    State of Minnesota Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    5,391,220

     
    Under 18:
    1,282,260

     
    Over 65:
    636,216

     
    Employed:
    3,011,571

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    79,610.08

     
    Acres of Farms:
    27,270,512

     
    Births:
    70,919

     
    Deaths:
    37,535

     
    Infant Deaths:
    275

     
     
    Murder:
    109

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,805

     
    Robbery:
    4,177

     
    Assault:
    7,626

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    13,717

     
    Burglary:
    264,100

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    112,322

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    10,078

     
    Total Property Crime:
    148,810

     
    Minnesota Public Records Locations
    Driver & Vehicle Services
    Accident Records
    445 Minnesota St, Suite 161
    St Paul, MN 55101-5181
    Phone:
    651-215-1335

    Fax:
    651-282-5512










    Attorney General's Office
    1400 Bremer Tower
    445 Minnesota St
    St Paul, MN 55101
    Phone:
    651-296-3353

     
    800-657-3787

    Fax:
    651-297-4193










     
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Vital Records
    PO Box 64882
    St Paul, MN 55164
    Phone:
    651-201-5970

    Fax:
    651-201-5740










    Business Services
    Secretary of State
    60 Empire Dr, #100
    St Paul, MN 55103
    Fax:
    651-297-7067










     
    Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
    CJIS - Criminal History Access Unit
    1430 Maryland Ave E
    St Paul, MN 55106
    Phone:
    651-793-2400

    Fax:
    651-793-2401










    Minnesota Department of Health
    Vital Records
    PO Box 64882
    St Paul, MN 55164
    Phone:
    651-201-5970

    Fax:
    651-201-5740










     
    Driver & Vehicle Services
    Records Section
    445 Minnesota St, #161
    St Paul, MN 55101
    Phone:
    651-215-1335










    Department of Education
    GED Testing
    1500 Highway 36 West
    Roseville, MN 55113-4266
    Phone:
    651-582-8446

    Fax:
    651-582-8458










     
    Governor's Office
    130 State Capitol
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Phone:
    651-296-3391

     
    800-657-3717

    Fax:
    651-296-2089










    MN Dept of Natural Resources
    License Center
    500 Lafayette Rd
    St Paul, MN 55155-4026
    Phone:
    651-297-1230

     
    888-646-6367

    Fax:
    651-297-8851










     
    Minnesota Department of Corrections
    Records Management Unit
    1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
    St. Paul, MN 55108
    Phone:
    651-361-7200

    Fax:
    651-643-3588










    Minnesota Legislature
    211 State Capitol
    House-Room 211, Senate-Room 231
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Fax:
    651-296-1563










     
    Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
    Minnesota Predatory Offender Program
    1430 Maryland Ave E
    St Paul, MN 55106
    Phone:
    651-793-7070

     
    888-234-1248

    Fax:
    651-793-7071










    MN Historical Society
    Division of Library, Publications & Collections
    345 Kellogg Blvd West
    St Paul, MN 55102-1906
    Fax:
    651-296-9961










     
    State Court Administrator
    25 Rev ML King Blvd, #135
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Phone:
    651-296-2474

    Fax:
    651-297-5636










    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    60 Empire Dr #100
    St Paul, MN 55103
    Phone:
    651-296-2803

    Fax:
    651-215-1009










     
    Driver & Vehicle Services
    Vehicle Record Requests
    445 Minnesota St, #161
    St Paul, MN 55101
    Phone:
    651-297-5352










    Labor & Industry Department
    Workers Compensation Division - File Review
    443 Lafayette Rd
    St Paul, MN 55155
    Phone:
    651-284-5200

    Fax:
    651-284-5731