Birth & Death Certificates

Effective Monday, March 6th 2017:  The following services are moving from the License Bureau to the Recorder's Office located on the 2nd floor:   Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Marriage License Applications, Ordinations and passport photos.

Birth certificates 1935 to current and death certificates 1997 to current are generated electronically from the Minnesota Department of Health. You do not need to go to the individual’s county of birth or death to acquire these certificates.  Any questions concerning acquiring records prior to these dates please call our office or Minnesota Dept. of Health at 651-201-5961.  A Tangible Interest form is required to be filled out prior to receiving a certified copy of a certificate. We will view your current ID at the time of application. The form will need to be notarized if you are applying by mail. If you live out of state, enclose a money order for the amount of the certificate.


  • Birth Records: $26 for first copy; $19 for each additional copy of the same record. Please note the fee for birth certificates did increase by $10 for all applications received on or after July 1, 2010 per Minnesota Statute.
  • Death Records: $13 for first copy; $6 for each additional copy of the same record, purchased at the same time.