Minnesota Statute, Section 144.225, Subdivision 7 restricts access to a certified birth or death certificate to a person who has a tangible interest in a requested certificate.
Who has Tangible Interest?
- The subject, child, spouse, parent, grandchild, or grandparent of the subject;
- The legal custodian or guardian of the subject (must present legal documentation);
- A personal representative of the estate of the subject (must present legal documentation);
- A licensed attorney (with license number);
- The person who filed, or a representative of the organization that filed, the death information with the Minnesota Department of Health or a local registrar;
- If you are presenting the registrar with a court order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.
You may also be issued a certificate if a person who has tangible interest authorizes you to receive the certificate (must submit a notarized Authorization Form). A person may be issued a certificate if they demonstrate to the State Registrar that the certificate is necessary for determination/protection of a personal or property right.
A representative of a local, state or federal governmental agency may be issued a certificate if it is necessary for the governmental agency to perform authorized agency duties.
Siblings have tangible interest in Death records only.
Acceptable Documents of Identity include:
- An unexpired picture driver’s license issued according to Minnesota Statutes, Section 171.07, or according to the laws of another state or territory of the United States. A temporary driver’s license or learner’s permit is not acceptable;
- An unexpired state picture identification card issued according to Minnesota Statutes, Section 171.07 or according to the laws of another state or territory of the United States;
- An unexpired federal, state, or local government employee picture identification card issued by a government entity located in the United States; ID must have a signature;
- An unexpired Aircraft Pilot’s License issued by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration;
- An unexpired United States Military Identification Card;
- An unexpired United States Passport;
- For an applicant who is not a registrant, an unexpired Canadian Passport;
- For an applicant who is not the registrant, an unexpired passport from another jurisdiction with:
a) A United States Department of Justice, Immigration and
Naturalization Service, Arrival and Departure Form I-94 attached,
bearing the same name as that on the passport and containing an
unexpired endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, or
b) An unexpired I-551 stamp; or
9. For an applicant who is not a registrant, one of the following documents
issued by the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and
Naturalization Service, or a subsequent form or version of a document
specified in this item;
a) A Naturalization Certificate (Form N-550 or N-570);
b) A Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561);
c) A United States Citizen Identification Card (Form I-179 or I-197);
d) A valid Permanent Resident or Resident Alien Card (Form I-551 or I-151);
e) A Northern Mariana Card (Form I-873 with “Northern Mariana” imprinted
instead of Resident Alien);
f) An American Indian Card (Form I-872 with “American Indian” imprinted
instead of Resident Alien);
g) An unexpired employment authorization document with a photograph
(Form I-688, I-688A, I-688B, or I-766); or
h) An unexpired reentry permit/refugee travel document (Form I-571).