Birth & Death Records
Information Required to Request a Certified Birth or Death Certificate
If you request the certificate in person, you will be asked to complete and sign an application stating you have tangible interest in the certificate. You will be asked to show identification.
Minnesota Statutes, Section 144.225, Subdivision 7, restricts access to a certified birth or death certificate to a person who has a tangible interest in the requested certificate.
- You have tangible interest in a certificate if:
- You are the subject of the certificate;
- You are the child, grandchild, spouse, parent, grandparent, legal custodian, or guardian of the subject;
- You are a personal representative of the estate of the subject; or
- You are the person who filed or a representative of the organization that filed the birth or death information with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) or a local registrar.
A local, state, or federal governmental agency may be issued a certificate if it is necessary for the governmental agency to perform its authorized duties.
Tangible interest is a fraud protection measure. The prevalence of fraud is on the rise and most Minnesota birth and death records are public data. Tangible interest helps protect people who are born in Minnesota and the families of people who die in Minnesota by restricting access to the certificates that are used for most legal purposes, such as school registration, applying for a passport or a social security number, or settling an estate.
Tangible interest does not change the classification of the data. Public data is still public. Access to private or confidential data is still restricted.
If you request the certificate by mail, you will be asked to provide the same information that is requested on the application and to have the application notarized before you mail it. Please attach a copy of your valid driver's license or state-issued identification card.
Requesting a Certified Birth or Death Certificate
Certified copies in Blue Earth County since 1870 are available from the Blue Earth County License Center. Certified birth or death certificates can be requested in person at the Blue Earth County License Center, 410 S. Fifth St., Mankato, or can be requested by mail. To request a certificate by mail:
- Print out a Birth Certificate Application or Minnesota Death Record Application.
- Complete the form.
- Have your signature notarized and mail the completed form with a copy of your driver's license or state-issued identification card to:
License Center - Vital Statistics
Blue Earth County Government Center
PO Box 3524
Mankato, MN 56002-3524
- Payment must be received before certificates can be issued. Make your check or money order payable to Vital Statistics and send to the address above. United States or American currency only. See information below.
Birth & Death Certificate Fees
$26 for first certified certificate
$19 for each additional certificate of the same record issued at the same time
$13 for first certified certificate
$6 for each additional certificate of the same record issued at the same time
Birth Public Record
Information needed to obtain record:
- Name on record;
- Date of birth;
- Place of birth (city and hospital);
- Mother's name; and
- Father's name.