Minnesota Divorce Records Search
Minnesota Divorce Records Online
The easiest way to check for a divorce record in Minnesota is online. This is not a certified copy, and it cannot be used for anything other than just to view. This is a great alternative for anyone working on their family tree, looking for ancestors, or getting to know parents they did not grow up with. This is a simple process, and it can be done in a matter of minutes. All you need to know is the county in which the divorce was finalized, and at least one full name of a person listed on the divorce records.
Visiting the website of the county clerk in the county the divorce was granted is the best way to view this record. You can choose the public records search option. Entering the name of one party allows you to see records from that person throughout their entire life. You can narrow that search by date, but this only works if you know the date of the divorce.
Certified Minnesota Divorce Records
If you want a certified copy of a divorce certificate, it’s best to visit the county clerk’s office in person. There is a fee for this based on the number of copies you want, and whether you want an unofficial copy or a certified copy. Many states keep these records with the Health Department’s division of vital records, but the state of Minnesota does not.
You’ll need to visit the clerk’s office in person during business hours. It’s recommended you call ahead to check on office hours as many offices provide a cut-off time each day for same-day service. It’s also a good idea to ask what methods of payment are accepted in each office, how much copies run, and whether they will allow you to order records online, over the phone, or through the mail.
Once you do this, provide the following information to obtain a record:
– Full name of both parties on the record, including maiden names if applicable
– The date of the divorce
– Your full name
– Photo identification
Without this information, you cannot obtain a copy of a divorce record in Minnesota. When you have this information, the clerk can work to find the record. If you don’t know the date of the divorce, you can provide several years for the clerk to search, but there is a fee for that.