Minnesota Public Records

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.


Clerk of the Appellate Courts directory of Minnesota registered attorneys.

Attorneys | State Bar

Minnesota State Bar Association lawyer referral directory.

Births and Christenings 1840-1980

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

Census Records

Minnesota Historical Society index of almost 6 million census records.

Charitable Organizations

Charities 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

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 Decisions

Minnesota Tax Court searchable Decisions database.

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.

Driver License | Status

Check the status of a Minnesota driver license.


Minnesota Government white pages employee directory by name and agency.

Fish Stocking

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

Genealogy | Iron Range

Iron Range Research Center database of statewide naturalizations and Iron Range births, marriages, cemetery records, obituaries, mining accidents, Chippewa census, alien registration, high school index, and more.

Historic Places

Minnesota Register of Historic Places.

Inmates | Federal Bureau of Prisons

Federal Bureau of Prisons offender 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.


Minnesota Bill Status and Legislation database.

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

Missing Minnesota children database.

Offenders | Level 3 Address Unknown

List from the Minnesota Department of Corrections of sex offenders who are wanted or whose address is unknown.

Photographs | Historical Society

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

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. File number search is free. Name search requires an account.

Uniform Commercial Code

Minnesota UCC database. File number searches are free. Otherwise sign in to or register for an account.

University of Minnesota Directory

Find University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, or retired faculty. Go Gophers!

Vehicle Services

Minnesota vehicle tab renewals, vehicle taxes paid, dealership search, and dealer license renewals.

Voter Registration

Check your voter registration status in Minnesota by entering your 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 http://mn.gov/portal/.  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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