Note: This information pertains to persons born in Minnesota. For information on obtaining a birth record for someone born in another state, visit Vital Chek.
A birth certificate can typically be used as identification for purposes of applying for things like a passport, proof of citizenship, Social Security, driver's license, and school registration.
Steps to Apply (All Submission Options)
- Print and complete the Birth Record Application (PDF)
- Take the application to a notary and have them notarize your signature.
- Ensure your daytime contact information is provided on the application. Applications without contact information cannot be processed.
- Submit the application issuing one of the methods below.
- Staff will call you at the time of processing to obtain credit/debit information. A 2.49% service fee is assessed on all credit/debit transactions.
- Your request will be processed within 24 hours and your certificate(s) will be mailed to the address provided on the application.
Option 1: Apply via email
- Scan or take a good quality photo of the application and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ensure your daytime contact information is provided on the application AND in the body of your email. Applications without contact information cannot be processed.
Option 2: Request by mail
Mail notarized application with a check* made out to Scott County to:
Scott County Government Center
Attn: Customer Service
200 Fourth Avenue West
Shakopee, MN 55379
*Do not send cash.
Option 3: Apply in person
Use our Customer Service Appointment System standby list to apply in person. Please note that you may only make appointments on the same day.
Certified birth records are available for a fee of $26.00 for the first copy and $19.00 for additional copies ordered at the same time for the same record.
You can pay with cash, check (payable to Scott County) or credit card. If you pay with a credit card, a 2.45% convenience fee will be applied.
If there is incorrect or missing information on your birth record or on your child’s birth record, you may make a request for an amendment. A request for an amendment to a birth record must be made by mail to the Minnesota Department of Health.
You may obtain the forms needed on the Minnesota Department of Health: Vital Records website. For further information you may call their public information line at 651-201-5970, Press #0.