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Certain records are exempt, such as private information about citizens, such as Social Security numbers and medical data; federal contracts data; educational data; records relating to open criminal and civil investigations; auditing data; library borrower data; personnel data; welfare and benefits data; and other records whose release might jeopardize public safety.

Common and useful statewide databases are listed below.  To find city, county, or licensing records, use the menu tools on the left.

  • Court System - The Minnesota court system has three levels. At the first are the District Courts, the trial courts that handle all civil & criminal cases. Municipal, County, Probate, and Justice of the Peace courts no longer exist in Minnesota; District Courts have inherited the caseload of those former courts. At the second level is the Court of Appeals, which reviews cases from the District Court. At the third level is the Minnesota Supreme Court, which can review decisions from all lower courts. Other courts outside of the Judicial Branch include: the Minnesota Tax Court; the Workers Compensation Court of Appeals; and the Minnesota Tribal Courts, for Native American disputes.  Minnesota Court Records
  • Criminal Records - You may search online for: criminal felony, gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, traffic, and petty misdemeanor case court records; Department of Corrections inmate records; Methamphetamine offenders; or do a free criminal history search through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  For access and details, go to our Minnesota Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records - Birth & death certificates are provided by: Minnesota Department of Health, Attention: Office of the State Registrar, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164, (651) 201-5970, Fax: (651) 291-0101. Certified copies of marriage & divorce records are available from the Local Registrar in the county where the marriage license was issued, or the divorce was granted.  Visit our Vital Records page to research the historical birth databases; the Social Security Death Index for Minnesota, statewide historical deaths, and death notices, cemetery records, and obituaries from available cities & counties; statewide current & historical marriage databases, and marriages from available counties.


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Administrative Law Decisions

Search this database of Minnesota administrative law decisions by keyword to view full text decisions.

Aircraft Registration

Use this service to look up an Aircraft Registration in Minnesota. For basic information all that is needed is the aircraft N-Number.

Attorney General Opinions

Minnesota Attorney General database of published opinions.


Search the Minnesota Clerk of the Appellate Courts directory for registered attorneys by name or registration ID.

Attorneys | State Bar

Minnesota State Bar Association database of lawyers admitted to practice in Minnesota.

Birth Records & Certificates

Minnesota Birth Records provided by the Minnesota Historical Society. Covers from before 1900 through 1934. Search the database and order birth certificates online.

Births and Christenings 1840-1980

Search 1.2 million Minnesota birth and christening records filed between 1840 and 1980.

Charitable Organizations

Search by name, city, and/or state for charities that are registered with the Charities Division of the Minnesota Attorney General.

City Revenues, Expenditures & Debt

Search the Office of the State Auditor database to find Minnesota city financial information.

County, City or Town Revenues, Expenditures & Debt

Search the Office of the State Auditor database to find Minnesota county, city or town financial information.

Court Opinions | Supreme Court and Court of Appeals

Search Minnesota Supreme Court opinions & orders, and Court of Appeals opinions.

Court Records | Appellate Cases

Use this Minnesota Court of Appeals Case Management System to search for appeals court cases by participant or case.

Court Records | Tax Court Opinions

Use this Minnesota Tax Court service to search for opinions by keyword, judge, or and/or date.

Court Records | U.S. District PACER Civil and Criminal  Pay Site

Search the U.S. District Court of Minnesota RACER system for Federal civil & criminal court records. Provides dockets and documents. PACER requires registration and a small fee for each search.

Court Records | Workers Compensation Appeals

Use this Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) service to search for decisions by keyword and/or year.

Criminal Histories

Use this Minnesota Department of Public Safety service to do a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) criminal history search in Minnesota. Name and birth date are required.

Deaths - Veterans Graves

Use this Minnesota Historical Society service to search for Veterans graves by name, year of death, county of burial, and/or service.

Driver License - Payment Status

Search this database by Minnesota driver license number or plate # to view the associated registration tax payment status.

Driver License - Registration Status

Search this database by Minnesota driver license number to view the license registration status.


Minnesota Government white pages employee directory by name and agency.

Eviction Records | Tenant Screening  Pay Site

Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Minnesota for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.

Fish Stocking

Search for fish stocking reports in Minnesota by report year and county and/or species.

Historic Places - State Register

Search the Minnesota Register of Historic Places to view information listed historic places including address, year built, date listed and description.

Inmates | Federal Bureau of Prisons

Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate records of inmates in or from Minnesota.


Minnesota Trial Court Public Access service. Search by name for Minnesota judgments.


Search for lakes by name, ID, or county in Minnesota. Information provided includes lake survey, maps, water levels, water quality, recreation, and topographic maps.


Search the Minnesota Bill Status and Legislation database by bill number or year.

Licenses | Professional, Medical, Business

Verify Minnesota professional and business licenses such as those for attorneys, CPAs, contractors, medical professionals, credit unions, gambling organizations, and crisis respite centers.


Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board lobbyists lists, including registered lobbyists, associations represented, principles, subject areas, designated lobbyists, and lobbyist subject areas.

Marriage Records

Minnesota official marriage record reference system managed by the combined efforts of all 87 counties.

Methamphetamine Offenders

Use this Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension service to search for convicted Methamphetamine offenders by name and/or county.

Missing Children

Browse this listing of missing children in Minnesota to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.

Offenders | Level 3 Address Unknown

Minnesota Department of Corrections Level 3 Predatory Offenders who are wanted or whose address is unknown.

Photographs 1850-1960

Search the Minneapolis Public Library collection of 1850-1960 photographs by keyword, year, decade, and/or accession number.

Photographs | Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society database of historical photographs, art, and posters.

Place Names

Search this Minnesota Historical Society database of Minnesota Place Names (townships, villages, lakes, streams, etc.) by region, county, or name.

Statutes, Laws & Rules

Search the Minnesota database of Statutes, Session Laws, and Rules by key word or phrase-- or browse by category.

Tax Liens

Find tax liens in Minnesota by file number.

Uniform Commercial Code | by File Number

Minnesota Secretary of State UCC filings by file number(s). No registration or search fees required for filing number searches.

Uniform Commercial Code | Subscribers  Pay Site

Minnesota Secretary of State UCC database Subscriber access. Requires registration, a $75 annual subscription fee, and a $5 fee for each search.

University of Minnesota Directory

Search for faculty/staff, students, alumni, or retired faculty through the University of Minnesota Directory. Go Gophers!

Voter Registration

You can check voter registration status in Minnesota by entering in name, date of birth, and zip code or county of residence.

Well Disclosure Certificates

Minnesota well disclosure certificates by County, Section, Township, and Range.

Minnesota is located in the upper midwest region of the United States. The Capital is Saint Paul and the largest city is Minneapolis.  The Official Web Site is located at  Minnesota is the 21st most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 5,457,173 and the 2010 census population was 5,303,925.  The land area is 79,626.74 square miles and there are 66.6 persons per square mile.

86.2% of the population is White, 5.7% is Black or African American, 5% is Hispanic or Latino, 4.5% is Asian, 1.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% are two or more races. 92.1% are a high school graduate or higher, and 32.6% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $187,900. There are on average 2.47 persons per household, the per capita income is $30,913, the median household income is $59,836, and 11.5% of the persons in Minnesota are considered below poverty level.

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