Tangible Interest Requirements

Minnesota Statute, Section 144.225, Subdivision 7 restricts access to a certified birth or death certificate to a person who has a tangible interest in a requested certificate.

Who Has Tangible Interest


  • The subject, child, spouse, parent, grandchild, or grandparent of the subject;
  • The legal custodian or guardian of the subject (must present legal documentation);
  • A personal representative of the estate of the subject (must present legal documentation);
  • A licensed attorney (include license number);
  • The person who filed, or a representative of the organization that filed, the death information with the Minnesota Department of Health or a local registrar;
You may also be issued a certificate if a person who has tangible interest authorizes you to receive the certificate (must submit a notarized Authorization Form). A person may be issued a certificate if they demonstrate to the State Registrar that the certificate is necessary for determination/protection of a personal or property right.

A representative of a local, state or federal governmental agency may be issued a certificate if it is necessary for the governmental agency to perform authorized agency duties.

Siblings have tangible interest in death records only.

Acceptable Documents of Identity


Acceptable Documents of Identity include:
  1. An unexpired picture driver's license issued according to Minnesota Statutes, Section 171.07, or according to the laws of another state or territory of the United States. A temporary driver's license or learner's permit is not acceptable;
  2. An unexpired state picture identification card issued according to Minnesota Statutes, Section 171.07 or according to the laws of another state or territory of the United States;
  3. An unexpired federal, state, or local government employee picture identification card issued by a government entity located in the United States; ID must have a signature;
  4. An unexpired Aircraft Pilot's License issued by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration;
  5. An unexpired United States Military Identification Card;
  6. An unexpired United States Passport;
  7. For an applicant who is not the registrant, an unexpired passport from another jurisdiction with:
    1. A United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Arrival and Departure Form I-94 attached, bearing the same name as that on the passport and containing an unexpired endorsement of the alien's nonimmigrant status, or
    2. An unexpired I-551 stamp; or
  8. For an applicant who is not a registrant, one of the following documents issued by the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, or a subsequent form or version of a document specified in this item;
    1. A Naturalization Certificate (Form N-550 or N-570);
    2. A Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561);
    3. A United States Citizen Identification Card (Form I-179 or I-197);
    4. A valid Permanent Resident or Resident Alien Card (Form I-551 or I-151);
    5. A Northern Mariana Card (Form I-873 with "Northern Mariana" imprinted instead of Resident Alien);
    6. An American Indian Card (Form I-872 with "American Indian" imprinted instead of Resident Alien);
    7. An unexpired employment authorization document with a photograph (Form I-688, I-688A, I-688B, or I-766); or
    8. An unexpired reentry permit/refugee travel document (Form I-571).