When you need to apostille a Minnesota birth certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Minnesota Department of Health. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:
A birth record holds much of the information collected about the mother and child at the time of birth. A birth certificate is official documentation of a person’s birth.
Minnesota law lists who may obtain birth documents and the law limits who can buy certain birth documents.
You may buy a birth certificate for a person born in Minnesota from any Minnesota county vital records office. Or you may order a birth certificate from the state vital records office. For births before 1900, make your request to the county in which the birth occurred or the state vital records office.
If you have a parent notice, you can use it as your application form to request the birth certificate(s). You can also use the parent notice to correct the birth certificate before you buy it.
If you need to change the birth certificate after you buy one, you must request an amendment. And you must request an amendment if you need to change the certificate after the child’s first birthday. See our Birth Record Amendments webpage.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to May 1, 2023. When you apply for your REAL ID, you must provide documents required by federal law. One document you can use is a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you were born in Minnesota, request your birth certificate now, and avoid the rush.
If you were born in another state, see Where to Write for Vital Records on the CDC website.
For the fastest service, make your request in person or by mail at a Minnesota county vital records office. Or order online through VitalChek - Minnesota Birth Certificates.
You may buy a birth certificate from:
From any Minnesota county vital records office.
Check with the county office close to you about how they offer their services. County offices may print a birth certificate order while you wait.
From the Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service. We accept applications by mail or fax. You must sign and date the application in front of a notary public before you send it.
From VitalChek - Minnesota Birth Certificates.
VitalChek is a secure vital records processing service. Several Minnesota county vital records offices offer the choice of ordering and paying for certificates online through VitalChek. You may order certificates for births or deaths that occurred in any Minnesota county. VitalChek charges a transaction fee for this service and accepts all major credit cards. We do not endorse any other internet ordering service.
A birth certificate is an official legal document. It shows the subject’s name, sex, date and place of birth and parent information. One certified copy of a birth certificate costs $26. Fill out one of the birth certificate request forms below to order a certificate. If the birth record is confidential, you may not be able to get the certificate. The law specifies who may buy confidential birth certificates. For more information, see our Certificate Eligibility webpage.
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