Minnesota Birth Records Search

Minnesota’s Office of Vital Records in the Department of Health is responsible for handling all birth certificate requests. Minnesota began keeping birth records in 1900. The historical society even has some records dating back before 1900.

Minnesota makes it easy for you to perform a Minnesota birth record search and get a copy of your certificate online, by mail or in person.

Minnesota birth records are confidential. Therefore, only certain people can obtain a copy of your birth certificate, and they are limited to: you, if you are 18 or older, your children, grandchildren, spouse, your parent if named on the record, grandparent of a parent named on the record, your legal guardian, your health care agent, someone who represents your estate or is your successor.

You must also verify your identity when you apply. You can use any of these forms of photo ID: driver’s license, passport, military ID, state or other government ID.

You must also have your application notarized before submitting it.

Types of Minnesota Birth Records

Minnesota offers a couple of different ways to get a copy of your birth certificate.

  • Non-Certified Copy - this is for informational purposes only and cannot be used to verify your identity legally.
  • Certified Copy - a certified copy is a legal document validating your identity. You can use it to apply to school, the military, for a government job or even to get a passport or driver’s license. Any situation where you need to prove your identity is perfectly acceptable.

Minnesota Population

Minnesota’s current population is estimated at 5.63 million people since the last census completed in 2010. It is ranked 21st in the nation.

Regarding population growth, Minnesota ranks 29th in the U.S. with an annual growth rate of 0.71%.

The mountains and great lakes account for the sparse population density, which is only 66.6 people per the total 86,939 square miles that make up Minnesota.

Minneapolis is the largest city with over 410,939 inhabitants, followed closely by St. Paul and Rochester.

Minnesota was the 32nd U.S. state to be formed on May 11, 1858.

State Population
1 birth every 453 seconds

1 death every 680 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Minnesota. The total population of Minnesota is estimated at 5,525,050 people with 2,750,131 male and 2,774,919 female. There are 24,788 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.22% of the total population.

The Minnesota Gender Ratio is 99 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.99. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Minnesota Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 12.68 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 69,749 total births making it higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 69,749, 1.77% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Minnesota

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Minnesota Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Minnesota
Alabama - 12.25North Dakota - 15.04
North Carolina - 12.09District Of Columbia - 14.47
Pennsylvania - 10.51Kansas - 13.05
Georgia - 12.63Oklahoma - 13.53
Montana - 11.45Utah - 16.47

Top 5 Counties in Minnesota with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Minnesota with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Minnesota with the highest birth rate
Washington County - 11.45Ramsey County - 14.30
Anoka County - 12.21Olmsted County - 13.86
Dakota County - 12.67Wright County - 13.48
Stearns County - 13.09Hennepin County - 13.38
Scott County - 13.18Scott County - 13.18

Minnesota Fertility Rate

In Minnesota the fertility rate based on historical data went from 64.20 to 65.48 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 66.13 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.58 to 29.69.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Minnesota are Wright - 71.77, Olmsted - 71.06 and Ramsey - 67.12. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Scott County66.9
Dakota County66.23
Anoka County65.01
Hennepin County64
Stearns County63.75
St. Louis County53.14

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Minnesota Birth Certificate

You can quickly and easily do a Minnesota birth records search online, find yours and get an unofficial copy. You can visit any local county registrar’s office or the state Department of Health to obtain a certified copy.

Minnesota charges $26 for the first copy and $19 for each additional copy. Fees are non-refundable even if they cannot locate your record. If they cannot find your file, you will receive a “Statement of No Birth Record Found” notice.

If you need same-day service, visit one of the local offices. If you order by mail, you may wait up to a month for your certificate.

You can also order by phone or online using the VitalChek system. Extra fees may apply, but you can get it quicker than if you order by mail from the Department of Health.

Minnesota Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $26.00
Organization: Minnesota Department of Health; Central Cashiering - Vital Records
Address:P.O. Box 64499, St Paul, MN 55164
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Minnesota Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.