Confidential Birth Records - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Confidential Birth Records

The birth record of a child born to unmarried parents is confidential. However, the mother may have chosen to make the record public at the time of birth.

Confidential birth records are available to:

  • The subject of the birth record when the subject is 16 or more years old.
  • A parent named on the birth record.
  • A legal guardian with a certified copy of guardianship papers.
  • A person with a certified copy of a court order that releases the record to him/her.
  • Representatives of Minnesota programs that administer child support, medical assistance, MinnesotaCare, and services under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.23; Minnesota Statutes, chapter 260E; and, tribal child support programs, Minnesota Statutes, section 144.225, subdivision 2, paragraph (f).

To order a certificate, fill in the Birth Certificate Application (PDF) form. If you order by mail or fax, sign, and date the application in front of a notary public.


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Statutory Authority:
Minnesota Statutes, section 144.225, subdivision 2.

Updated Wednesday, 24-Feb-2021 10:15:27 CST