Minnesota Public Records

About Minnesota Open Public Record

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act was enacted to allow government records to be accessible to the public for inspection or copying. To assure that the public will be informed, the Open Meetings Law was legislated. This law requires meetings of government agencies to be open and available to the public. Certain records would be excepted such as those that disclose private information about citizens. May 11, 1858, marked the entrance of Minnesota to the Union. Minnesota has 87 counties and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul make up the largest population in the state. Minnesota is the "Land of Sky Blue Waters" and is known for its more than 10,000 lakes. The state is rich in natural resources and produces 75% of the nation's iron ore. Rochester in southern Minnesota is home of the world famous medical center, the Mayo Clinic. The Minnesota Judicial Branch has a self help center for the public to access criminal case histories and records. Discover quick and easy access to Minnesota public records. Search official government websites to find vital records maintained by the state and made available for public use. Birth, death, and other recorded documents can be requested online. Links direct researchers to information which can be accessed through county, city, or state sites. Find out about local government operations, public services offered, resources available and community event and calendar data. View crime reports and crime rate statistics for the state. Search Minnesota criminal record databases and locate court case records. Obtain population facts and figures and learn about Minnesota demographics. Read about employment and income data for state residents and learn background histories and education facts. Get facts regarding gender and the ethnic backgrounds of Minnesotans who own private business in the state. Learn about Minnesota housing and real estate and obtain land and property valuation data. Access current news reports and stories of local interest. Frequent updates occur to ensure the timeliness of data and information.
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Minnesota Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Ask Questions, About Minnesota

  • How do I find arrests or calls from a certain area, in Minnesota?
    Check crime mapping services that are free and open to the public online. You can find links to their sites from some police department websites. Reports are by city block, but you can still search by entering an address. You should try more than solely one crime mapping site, some cover areas while others may not. There are periodicals you can also check for that date, or the following days as the report surfaces. You can find these press releases all over the net from various news entities. (Staff)
  • How do I access my daughters criminal history in Minnesota?
    You can check the free search at You will be able to pick the county and whether you prefer searching criminal cases by name of defendant, attorney or case number. The search is open to the public and you can search as many times as you need. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Minnesota, a lawyer that handles a lawsuit between individuals that did not want to go to court?
    Lawsuits are filed in court, sometimes they go to trial and other times they don't. Either way, the lawsuit in filed with the courts (which also means filed with the clerk of that court) and can be found looking up cases, and depending on where, they can be found online. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, the final date of my dissolution of marriage record?
    The link above "Minnesota Court Records:" will take you to the Minnesota's public access to court records. Click on the Access Case Records tab, then on "Required Acknowledgement for MPA Remote" acknowledgement button, thereafter you can select Civil, Family & Probate Case Records or all records. It's a free search you can conduct with a case number, attorney or party name. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, the arrests made December 19th, 2015 and September 6, 1966?
    You can view (Inmate In-Custody Lists) arrests by county. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, a current list of liens, bankruptcies, and contract for deeds?
    You will need to go to different sources. Begin with the Minnesota Free Court Records Search above. that search can check bankruptcy information. After that, check the state's judiciary the case access tab and you will eventually get to the final search page for Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records, Civil, Family & Probate Case, Records, Judgments Search and Court Calendars. None of these searches cost anything and anyone is free to use them. (Staff)
  • This link take you to the state's judicial branch's home webpage. You will then see a tab "Access Case Records", the page which comes after that will give you several options, one of them simply being the disclaimer. That link will take you to several searches, civil, criminal, family, traffic, judgments and court calendars, they're all free and worth checking. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, criminal records from 1950 through 1952?
    Minnesota's judicial branch has a free and open public search. It's worth trying. The courthouses' physical location may have the archived files. There's a court locator on the state's judicial webpage with contact information to find out more about their archived arrest or criminal records (Staff)
  • You can run many searches in many different places, but, if you're looking to see what others can see about you, begin by looking where they would look and not spend too much time with the ones that would only be accessible to you or the police, such as an official arrest report. Arrest reports have restrictions since they're not convictions, and have policies in place by the department to request them. If you are are looking for a specific criminal record that you are concerned about others finding, even if it doesn't show up on all criminal background searches, you can go directly to the source of the record and see if it is accessible and how easy to find. Criminal court records are a good example, open to the public and can be accessible, but, may not appear in some or any background checks. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, access to and copies of someone's public records?
    You can always try searching the courts records database. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, copies of my marriage certificate and divorce records and ss of ex-husband?
    The SS is private information and not public record. The marriage and divorce are yours, therefore, there shouldn't be any obstacles. Unlike birth and death records, you are not able to request marriage and divorce records from the Minnesota Department of Health. Marriage and divorce records are available from the county where either filed. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, what is in a background check?
    There are many different providers of background checks from private and public entities. Public entities such as local law enforcement/police agencies can conduct a criminal background check as well as case history searches from the Minnesota Judicial Branch, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and others. You can conduct your own search by looking up state and local inmates in custody freely. There are also many private agencies which will allow you to search for criminal records competing for business, but are not the same. Since in some cases it is not apparent the amount of information that is available until the search is conducted, in general, the company conducting the search is not fully aware of all records that appear. This is the reason why the coverage is important to review. Blank reports or no records found can result from a clear background or just a lack of data available to the public or to a specific database being used, therefore trusting and knowing what is being searched is essential. Some private companies will offer 'no records found' refund policy. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, access to and copies of crimes committed at a specific address?
    Criminal records/reports are generally the background arrest and prosecution history of an individual. Incident reports are different and while also available to the public from police stations throughout Minnesota. Depending on the type and severity of the incident, a responding police officer will produce a report. This report is considered public information and anyone looking to request incident reports needs to contact the law enforcement agency local to the address. Most law enforcement departments offer websites which will help with the process and forms in order to request the police report. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Minnesota, if arrests for driving while intoxicated can be expunged?
    Arrests and criminal records are two different types of records. An arrest in most cases will not appear in your typical criminal background checks. Official arrest reports can be requested directly from the agency which made the arrest and took the report. The Minnesota judicial branch (courts) website spells out the basics of criminal record expungements. There are certain crimes which are not expunge-able and driving while intoxicated is amongst the types of records which to do not qualify according to the court's website. Conducting a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) search will show what is on record to begin with and view what others can access. You may not even be aware of what is on record before that. There's a list of employers categories which are eligible to request a BCI report, it is open to the public with restrictions. (Staff)

Minnesota Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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Minnesota American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About Minnesota ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    Minnesota's demographic and housing ACS survey of 5,383,661 being 1.71 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.7% males and 50.3% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • About Minnesota Selected Social Characteristics
    The Minnesota social characteristics data of 2,115,337 households, which make up 1.82 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,372,311 families with and without children. There are 1,413,179 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • About Minnesota Selected Economic Characteristics
    The Minnesota American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 4,247,699 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.71 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 2,973,943 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • About Minnesota Selected Housing Characteristics
    Minnesota housing characteristics are collected from 2,364,149 dwellings making up 1.78 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 2,115,337 or uninhabited 248,812 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 2,115,337 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.