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 and 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 [email protected].
- 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
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.