Minnesota Public Records
Chapter 13 of the Minnesota Statutes outlines the Minnesota Data Practices Act, created to regulate the collection, creation, storage, maintenance, dissemination, and access to government data. The Act mandates that government records (data, documents, photographs, etc.) be accessible by the public.
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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|Campaign Finance Databases |
Search Minnesota Campaign Finance databases for candidate, political committee, political party, and public official members, campaign contributions, and expenditures.
|Corporations, Companies & Business Name Availability |
Search the Minnesota Secretary of State Entity Name database for registered corporations, trade names, assumed business names, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and partnerships, and business trusts. Also, check business name availability.
|Court Records | Criminal, Civil, Family, Probate |
Search the Minnesota Trial Court Public Access system for civil, family, and probate court records, and criminal felony, gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, traffic, and petty misdemeanor case records.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER Bankruptcy Pay Site|
Search the U.S. District Court of Minnesota PACER system for Federal bankruptcy court records. Provides dockets and documents. PACER requires registration and a small fee for each search.
|Criminal Histories Pay Site|
Search over 450 million criminal records nationwide for $14.95 or Minnesota criminal records for %9.95. Immediate results.
Search the Death Index in Minnesota by name, mother's maiden name, year of death, or county. Death certificates may be purchased for a fee.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Minnesota instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Minnesota State Portal |
Go to the official state site and portal for Minnesota to find government offices, agencies, officers, and services.
|Missing Persons |
Minnesota a Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension clearinghouse of missing and unidentified persons.
|Offender Registry |
Level 3 Predatory Offender database from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
|Unclaimed Property |
Minnesota Department of Commerce unclaimed property records and instructions on how to file a claim.
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|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.
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.
|Charitable Organizations |
Search by name, city, and/or state for charities that are registered with the Charities Division of the Minnesota Attorney General.
|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.
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.
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.
|Photographs 1850-1960 |
Search the Minneapolis Public Library collection of 1850-1960 photographs by keyword, year, decade, and/or accession number.
|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.
|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.
|Voter Registration |
You can check voter registration status in Minnesota by entering in name, date of birth, and zip code or county of residence.