What You Can Do:
Minnesota Background Checks begins at the Office of the State Registrar under the State Department of Health. The public may visit the local registrar’s office in any county in Minnesota for a certified copy of Birth, Death and Marriage Records that occurred 1900, 1908, 1958 and 1970 onwards at $13.00, $10.00, $8.00 each correspondingly. Prior to the mentioned years, requests must be coordinated with the particular county office where the event occurred or forwarded by mail or fax addressed to the Office of the State Register. On the other hand, copies of Divorce decrees from 1970 up to present are only available from the county registrar in the county where the divorce was granted. Personal check or money order should be made payable to ‘Minnesota Department of Health’. Take into account that the State Office does not have a walk-in service. Processing time would take about 4 to 6 weeks prior to the results.
Another important document necessary for background checks are Criminal Records. The Minnesota Department of Safety created a system known as the Public Computerized Criminal History which public data maintained by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Data on criminal convictions is public for 15 years following the completion of the sentence. Public information includes offense, court of conviction, date of the conviction and sentence information. Other data such as arrest data, juvenile data, criminal history data from other states and federal data are deemed confidential. However, third parties may get a copy of another individual’s private data through the Informed Consent Procedure. The subject of the record can also do so by sending a request through mail or by visiting the mentioned office at St. Paul. Requests for criminal records can be obtained at $8.00 per copy.