Vital Records

Vital Records

The Cook County Vital Records Department is located within the Recorder’s office in the Cook County Courthouse.

The Vital Records Department operates as a Local Issuance Office authorized by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Vital Records to issue:
  • Certified Birth and Death Certificates 
  • Marriage Licenses and Certificates

The Recorder’s Office does not maintain records related to divorce, child custody, or adoption records. These records are available through Court Administration.

Recording Documents

Marriage Certificate

What to Bring
Both parties must appear in person at the Cook County Recorder’s Office to complete the application. You will need to provide:
  • Social security numbers
  • Identification such as a driver’s license or state issued ID
  • Address (street, city, state, and zip code)
  • Date of birth
  • If previously married, number of previous civil marriages, how last marriage terminated (death or divorce) date and place terminated, court terminated, and the previous married name
Fee
Regular Fee - $115; payable by cash, check, debit or credit card; due at the time of application
Reduced Fee - $40; If you have obtained premarital education as per MS 517.08. You must bring in a signed and dated statement, printed on the church or educator’s letterhead with educator’s signature notarized or the church’s seal. This statement must be presented at the time the marriage license is applied for. There are no refunds on the fees charged for a marriage license.

Marriage Certificates 
Marriage Certificates are available at the Recorder’s Office for those couples who applied for their license in Cook County.

Divorce Decrees
Divorce decrees are available from the county that granted the divorce through Court Administration. 

Birth Certificate

Birth records for individuals born in Minnesota on or after 1935 are available in any county within the State of Minnesota. Use the Birth Certificate Application to order a certificate. Print a copy and complete the application, then mail or bring a copy along with the appropriate fees to the Recorder's Office located in the Cook County Courthouse.

Death Certificate

State death records beginning in 1908 are available in any county within the State of Minnesota. If you want a copy of a death record prior to those years please contact the Recorder’s Office in the County where the death occurred. Use the Death Certificate Application to order a certificate. Print a copy and complete the application, then mail or bring in a copy along with the appropriate fees to the Recorder's Office Located in the Cook County Courthouse.