Minnesota Marriage & Divorce Vital Records
The Office of the State Registrar does not maintain marriage and divorce records; these are maintained by the court administrator or clerk of the district court where the event took place, with information also available at the local county registrar. The Minnesota Historical Society has old Minnesota vital records registers, including justice of the peace marriage records from 15 counties plus some divorce records for a few counties. While the Historical Society has a birth and death certificate index online that links to the capability to order a copy directly, it does not maintain a marriage or divorce index. MOMS (Minnesota Official Marriage System) published an online Minnesota marriage records index; dates vary by county from 1817-present to 1957-present, for 87 counties. A statewide Minnesota divorce records index began in 1970. These indexes only provide verification of marriage/divorce; copies must be requested from the specific county court or registrar.
For more information on Minnesota vital records, visit Minnesota Birth & Death Vital Records
Minnesota Vital Records Offices
Record Type: Marriage Certificates, Divorce Records
Note: Marriage and divorce records are found at the county level. The Section of Vital Records has an index and they will direct you to the proper county (Marriage since 1958, Divorce since 1970). Call the Section of Vital Records at 651-201-5970.
Records Available: Statewide Court Records
State Court Administrator
25 Rev ML King Blvd, #135
St Paul, MN 55155
Business Hours: 8AM-4:30PM
Note: Except for certain online research capabilities, all court record access must be done at the local level.
Records Available: Criminal Records
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
CJIS - Criminal History Access Unit
1430 Maryland Ave E
St Paul, MN 55106
Business Hours: 8AM-4:30PM
Note: State statutes require all law enforcement agencies to report juvenile felony and gross misdemeanor arrests, and adult felony, gross misdemeanor, enhanced gross misdemeanor and targeted misdemeanor arrests to BCA. Other misdemeanors are sometimes reported
Record Access Requirements: For most requesters, to obtain the entire adult history, including all arrests, you must have a notarized release form signed by person of record. To get a 15-year record of convictions only, a consent form is not required.
Search Note: Fingerprint searches are not permitted. However, 100% of records are fingerprint-supported.
Records Available: Incarceration Records
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Records Management Unit
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55108
Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Note: The main fax number for the DOC is 651-642-0223.
Record Access Requirements: Records are computerized since 1978.
Location, OID number, physical identifiers, conviction and sentencing information, and release dates are provided.
Minnesota County Marriage & Divorce Vital Records
Big Stone County
Blue Earth County
Crow Wing County
Lac qui Parle County
Lake of the Woods County
Le Sueur County
Mille Lacs County
Otter Tail County
Red Lake County
St. Louis County
Yellow Medicine County
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