Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates
Birth & Death Certificates
Birth and death certificates are available through the Rice County Recorder or Dakota County Permits & Licenses.
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 and is available through any County Recorders 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 of a Minnesota Death Certificate:
If the person died in Minnesota between January 1, 1997 to the present:
The death certificate is on a statewide vital statistics system through the Minnesota Department of Health located in our office.
If the person died in Minnesota before January 1, 1997:
You will need to obtain a certified copy from the county in which they died or the county where they resided at the time of the death.
Please visit the Rice County Recorder's birth and death certificates page or Dakota County Permits & Licenses page for additional information.
You may apply for a marriage license in any county in Minnesota regardless of residence or where the ceremony takes place, if you are going to be married within the geographical borders of Minnesota. Both parties applying for the marriage license must be present to sign the application. Please visit Rice County or Dakota County marriage license websites for additional information.