Q: How can I find records for other courts in Minnesota?
Visit the Access Case Records
page on the Minnesota Judicial Branch website or contact the local District Court
Q: How can I get an "authenticated" or "exemplified" copy of a court document?
Fill out and send us a Court Document Copy Request Form
and check the box for "Other/Comments" Part C. On the blank in the form, tell us what type of document you need. You must include payment for the copy fee along with your completed request form. Visit the Court Fees tab for more information on fees.
Q: How long does a judgment last?
A civil judgment can be enforced for ten (10) years
from the date it was entered. It can also be "renewed" if not satisfied (paid) within the 10 years. To enforce a judgment that was not paid during the 10 year timeframe, you have to start a new lawsuit before the end of the 10 year period,
based on a claim for failure to pay a judgment (Minn. Stat. § 541.04
). A lawsuit is started by serving a Summons and Complaint
on the judgment debtor. You should talk to a lawyer
to get advice on how to prepare the papers and handle the case. Court staff cannot give legal advice
Q: How far back in history do Minnesota court records exist?
The management of court records is controlled by the Records Retention Schedule
for the MN Judicial Branch and the law at Minn. Stat. § 138.17
on keeping and destroying public records.
Probate and Mental Health records date back to 1864. The records require permanent retention, and they may be stored in different media, including old roll film and many forms of microfiche based on technology available at the time.
Q: How do I get copies of birth, death or marriage records?
The court does not maintaint these records. Go to:
Q: Where can I find naturalization (citizenship) records?
Minnesota naturalization records can be found at the MN Historical Society
, located at 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, MN. Years ago, the naturalization process used to involve two sets of documents:
applicants filled out a Declaration of Intention
to become citizens (first papers), and then they received their final papers
, where citizenship was granted. In the 1940s, the power of granting citizenship was transferred to the Federal District Courts, and applications were handled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Today, applications for U.S. citizenship (naturalization) are processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
For questions about specific case types, go to: