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.
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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’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%.
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.
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 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 - 11.45||Ramsey County - 14.30|
|Anoka County - 12.21||Olmsted County - 13.86|
|Dakota County - 12.67||Wright County - 13.48|
|Stearns County - 13.09||Hennepin County - 13.38|
|Scott County - 13.18||Scott 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:
|St. Louis County||53.14|
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.