Since the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, the state of Minnesota has allowed its residents to gain access to the public records of the state. One of the documents that the people can access is the Minnesota Death Certificate. Institutions such as hospitals and funeral parlors are the one who generates this type of document when a person dies.
This type of document is one of the important documents when processing transactions in the government. This is especially useful when the family of the deceased claims insurance and updates the family registry. Genealogy research is also one of the top reasons for accessing such documents. It is one of the important files that are being used in order to update the records on the family history. If the spouse of the deceased individual is still alive and have plans to marry, he/she would not be able to process marriage without the marriage certificate of the late spouse.
Information about the death of an individual is the primary document of a death certificate. One would be able to know when and where the person died. Also, the cause of death of an individual is also indicated on the file along with other details related to the death of the person. It would not be a complete record without the personal details of the deceased person such as the complete name, date and place of birth. Other information would include names of the family members of the deceased as well as the details of the funeral services.
In the state of Minnesota, a $13 processing fee is necessary in order to have the request processed. This is the fee to obtain a certified copy of the document. Only records since January 1908 can be obtained from the state. Records prior to the said date can only be requested at the county where the person died. One has to submit the completed request from in order to proceed with the search. The signature of the requesting individual has to be affixed on the application form and have it notarized in order to have the results of the search mailed back to the requesting individual.
The request has to be done at the office of the Vital Records Section in the state of Minnesota is where all public documents of the state are being kept. This includes the death records of Minnesota. The local county clerk office can also help provide the needed file. Online retrieval of a death certificate is now possible.
The development of the Internet has opened many ways in sharing information to different types of people. Death Records are one of the documents that can now be requested online. This method proves to be faster since it can be obtained after doing just a few clicks of the mouse.