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Confidential Birth Record
 

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 144.225, Subdivision 2, a birth record of a child who was born to unmarried parents is confidential. Both a birth certificate and a non-certified copy of a birth record are confidential data unless, at the time of birth, the mother designates the demographic data as public.

Confidential birth records are available only to: 

  • The subject of the birth record if the individual has reached the age of 16;
  • The mother named on the birth record;
  • The father named on the birth record;
  • A legal guardian presenting a certified copy of guardianship papers;
  • An individual presenting a certified copy of a court order releasing the record to him/her;
  • The Commissioner of Human Services or authorized representative;
  • An individual with a written and notarized authorization from any of the persons above.  

Valid picture identification is required to obtain a confidential birth certificate in person. A notarized birth certificate application form is required to obtain a confidential birth certificate by mail.