Records Center (Hennepin)

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The centralized Records Center provides public access to court records online, in person, and by mail.
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MPA (Minnesota Public Access) Remote offers internet access to public information in case records stored in the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS). Access is limited as described in the MN Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch. Information found in MPA Remote is not considered the official court record. Court documents cannot be viewed in MPA Remote at this time. For criminal "background checks," please contact the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

MPA Courthouse is a different program used on computers that the public can use at the courthouse to view case information. That program offers more details of case records than MPA Remote. These free public access computers are available at all Minnesota courthouses to search all case types (except Juvenile), and to view documents filed in cases that are classified as public.

Click the Contact Us tab on this page to see our Record Center locations.

Copy Request

You may request copies of court documents for any case type (except Housing and Juvenile Court) in person at the District Court Records Center, or by filling out and sending us a Copy Request Form.
  • For court records involving evictions (unlawful detainer) and other landlord/tenant cases, visit our Housing Court page.
  • For court records involving adoption, child protection and delinquency, visit our Juvenile Court page.
There is a copy fee ($10 plain copy and $16 certified copy) that you must pay when you submit your request. Make check or money order payable to: District Court Administrator.

Mail or bring your completed request form with payment to:

4th District Court Records Center
300 South 6th Street, #B-100 (located two floors below street level)
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0332
 

Case History Search

If you want us to do a search of our records for a specific party, you may come to the District Court Records Center, or fill out and send a Case History Search Form. There is a $16 fee for each name searched and certified. Note: For criminal background checks, please contact the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
 

Judgment Search

You may request a civil judgment search in person at the Judgments Office, or by filling out and sending us a Judgment Record Search Form. There is a $7 fee for each name searched and certified.

Q: How can I find records for other courts in Minnesota?

A: 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?

A: 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: 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?

A: 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?

A: The court does not maintaint these records. Go to:

Q: Where can I find naturalization (citizenship) records?

A: 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:

Transcript Requests


The Court Reporter Unit in the Fourth Judicial District is responsible for scheduling and assigning court reporters to proceedings so that they can record what is said in the courtroom. A court reporter may be present in the courtroom during the proceeding, or we may use audio equipment to record what is said in the courtroom from a remote location. We also handle requests for written transcripts of proceedings. Note: Not all court proceedings are recorded where a transcript would be available.

A Transcript is the Official Court Record

According to Rule 4, subd.3 of the MN Rules of Public Access and the District Court's standing Order Relating to the Official Court Record, the official court record is a written transcript of a proceeding, and audio recordings of court proceedings are not to be disseminated or released. Written transcripts of court proceedings are prepared upon request. The requesting party pays a fee directly to the court reporter before she or he prepares the transcript. The first time someone requests a transcript of a proceeding there is a set rate for preparing the original written transcript and one copy. Extra copies of that transcript are then available at the copy rate.

Note on Conciliation Court cases: If you want to have a judgment from Conciliation Court transcribed to the District Court level, you must contact Conciliation Court. Please go to the FAQs on Conciliation Court tab, and then select The Judgment sub-tab and scroll down to read How to Transcribe a Judgment to District Court.

Transcript Fees

There is a fee for written transcripts that is paid directly to the court reporter before she or he prepares the written transcript. Transcript rates are set by the MN Judicial Council. If you are low income and have a fee waiver order (IFP) in your case, you can file a Supplemental Fee Waiver form (#IFP103) to ask the court to waive the transcript fees. A judge must approve the fee waiver before the written transcript can be prepared. If the judge denies your request and you still want a transcript, you must pay the fee before the transcript can be prepared.

Fees listed are by case type, and the rates listed are per page.

  • Civil: $5 (original and first copy), $.25 (extra copies)
  • Criminal: $3.50 (original and first copy), $.25 (extra copies)
  • Case with current Order for In Forma Pauperis (IFP) and Supplemental Fee Waiver (#IFP103): Fees are paid by the court
  • “Expedited” transcript request (needed immediately): Rate is negotiated between the court reporter and the requesting party.

Transcript Request Form

If you want to buy a transcript and you know which court reporter was present at the hearing, you may contact him or her directly. Phone numbers for some court reporters assigned to specific judges are listed in the Judicial Officer Directory.

If you want to purchase a transcript and you do not know which court reporter was at the proceeding, you can complete a Transcript Request Form, and then send it to us by mail, fax, or email at:

4th Judicial District Court
Hennepin County Govt. Center
300 South 6th Street, #C859
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Fax: (612) 596-0058
Phone: (612) 596-2870
Email us »

We respond to requests within one business day, and a court reporter will contact you as soon as possible regarding the fee.

Court Reporter Resources

Walk-in Services

  • Public access computers (self-service) - view court records online using MPA Courthouse, which offers more detailed case information than MPA Remote over the internet.
  • Copies (certified or plain) of court documents, including: Divorce Decrees, Judgments, Name Change Orders, Convictions. Copy fees apply.
  • Case history searches

Locations

The main District Records Center is on the B-Level (two floors below street level) of the Government Center. To get to our office, take the elevator on the north side of the building, which also goes to the underground parking garage.

District Court Records Center (Main)
Hennepin County Govt. Center
300 South 6th Street, B-Level (two floors below street level)
Minneapolis, MN 55487  Map »
Phone: (612) 348-3170
Case types available at this location:
Civil, Criminal, Family, Housing, Mental Health, and Probate
 
Conciliation Court
Minneapolis City Hall
350 South 5th Street, Rm. #306
Minneapolis, MN 55415  Map »
Phone: (612) 348-2713
Case types at this location:
Conciliation Court ("small claims") cases filed 2009 or earlier
 
Family Court Family Justice Center
110 South 4th Street
Room B-17 (lower level)
Minneapolis, MN 55401 Map »
Phone: (612) 596-1089
Case types at this location:
Annulment, Child Support, Custody, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, and Paternity

Juvenile Court Juvenile Justice Center
590 Park Avenue, 1st Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415 Map »
Phone: (612) 348-5089
Case types at this location:
Adoption, Child Protection, Delinquency

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