In the state of Minnesota, registration for Birth started in the year 1900 and general compilation was done in 1915. The state birth records then were handled by the Minnesota Historical society but now the registration of vital records is done by the Minnesota Department of Health.In order to access these records you first need to send an application to the State’s Department of Health through the Office of the State Registrar; which is located in St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882. The application can be mailed, faxed or delivered in person.The Minnesota Birth Records can be checked by anyone except for a child born to unmarried parents. According to Minnesota State laws, the birth record of a child born to unmarried parents would be kept confidential unless at the time of birth, the mother declares demographic data to be publicized. The confidential data is only accessible to the child (when he/she reaches the age of 16), the mother, father, legal guardian, the Commissioner of Human Services and a person with a written authorization from any of the previous mentioned persons.There are also online methods of checking the records but for an original copy you have to use the above mentioned procedures.
The State of Minnesota keeps their death records under the Minnesota Department of Health, simply under Certificates and Records. You can obtain a Minnesota death record from local counties, as long as the death has taken place during or past 1997. You may request either a certified or non certified copy. However if you are requesting a certified copy you will have to provide proof of tangible interest.
To prove tangible interest in the certificate you must meet the eligibility requirements. If you are the child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, spouse, legal custodian, conservator, or guardian of the person whose death certificate you are requesting you are entitled to a certified copy. Other ways you may qualify for a certified copy of the death certificate in Minnesota are, you are the estates representative or were the personal representative of the person who has passed. A licensed attorney may apply, if you have filed the certificate, or are a representative of the person who has, siblings of the person who has died, or if a requested record of death is required in relation to a trust, the trustee may obtain one.
Minnesota death records are a matter of public interest and allow for anyone for any reason to request a non-certified copy of death. You will still need to put in an application, in both cases you will have to complete separate applications for each death in question. They offer a worksheet to assess what your fees are, and will not accept an application where the fees are not listed. For a certified copy, you will have to have your signature notarized. The form can then be either mailed or faxed to the Minnesota Department of Health at the appropriate address.