Birth Certificates

Birth Certificates


Following are instructions to get either a certified or a non-certified copy of a MN Birth Certificate.

To Obtain a Certified Copy of a Minnesota Birth Certificate


If you were born in Minnesota from 1935 to the present:
Your birth certificate is on a statewide vital statistics system through the Minnesota Department of Health located in our office.

If You Were Born Before 1935:
You will need to obtain a certified copy from the county in which you were born or the county where your mother resided at the time of your birth.

To obtain a certified copy in person:
  1. You may appear in person at the Vital Statistic Department nearest you in the State of Minnesota. You may call the facility to make sure your name is on the State Vital Statistics System.
  2. When you arrive you will need to complete a Birth Certificate Application (PDF)
    and present valid photo identification such as your driver's license. (A Birth Certificate Application Form is a form certifying your right to the copy.)
  3. The cost for a certified copy is $26.
  4. See the eligibility website for other persons that are eligible to obtain a birth certificate for you by appearing in person with valid photo identification.

To obtain a certified copy by mail:
  1. You must complete a Birth Certificate Application (PDF) and sign the form in front of a Notary Public. You will need to show the Notary Public a valid photo identification such as a driver's license.
  2. Include a $26 check made payable to the Rice County Recorder
  3. Send the completed Tangible Interest Form and correct dollar amount to:
    Rice County Recorder
    320 NW Third Street
    Faribault, MN 55021
Birth Certificate requests are processed within 1-2 business days of when we receive them.

To Obtain a Non-Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate:
  1. Complete the Noncertified Birth Record Transcript Application (PDF)
  2. Include a $13 check payable to Rice County Recorder. Send form and check to:
    Rice County Recorder
    320 NW Third Street
    Faribault, MN 55021

To Obtain a Homeless Youth Birth Certificate

A Homeless Youth Birth Certificate is an official legal document. It expires six months from the date issued. A homeless youth 24 years of age or younger and born in Minnesota may request this certificate
at no cost from any Minnesota vital records office.

The homeless youth must follow the instructions and complete the application found on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website:

Youth Experiencing Homelessness Birth Certificate (PDF).

Please see the Birth certificate for homeless youth fact sheet (PDF) for
additional information.