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How can you access death records in Hennepin County?

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Both certified and uncertified death records are available in person at the Hennepin County Service Center. It is also possible to apply for these records by either faxing or mailing a completed application form to the Vital Records division of the Hennepin County Government Center.

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Whether applying in person, by fax or by mail, it's first necessary to complete the death records application form found on the Hennepin County website. If applying in person, don't sign the application until instructed to do so by a Service Center employee. If applying by fax or mail, it's necessary to sign the document in front of a public notary.

As of 2014, the fee is $13 for those applying in person or by mail, but there is an additional $7 fee when applying by fax. The application fee must be paid online prior to faxing. Official death records can only be given to a person who has a legally defined tangible interest in the case, including children, grandchildren, spouses, lawyers, government agencies, trustees or anyone holding power of attorney over the affairs of the deceased. There are also many online death indexes that can be useful for finding information although these records cannot be used for any official purposes.

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