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Criminal Records

15 W Kellogg Blvd, Room #900
St Paul MN  55119
651-266-8180
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Public Computers and Counter staff are also available at these locations:
425 Grove St
St Paul MN  55101
651-266-8180
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2050 White Bear Ave
Maplewood MN  55109
651-266-1999
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General Questions
How far back do your records go?
Where are the older records?
Specifically, what case information do you have?
How long do you keep case information?
Access to Records
How do I view criminal records?
How do I view the documents in a case record?
Can all records be viewed online?
What is a disposition?
I'm looking for a very old record.  How do I know whether you have it?
 Printed Copies
& Fees

What's the difference between a certified copy and a plain copy?
If a certified document is stapled, does removing the staple invalidate it?
Is there a per-page charge for multi-page documents?
Does it cost money to view the records?
How do I get a copy of my case for employment/rental purposes?
I need a record check for immigration purposes.  Do you provide those?

Confidentiality
Why is the case I'm looking for not available?
My case was dismissed.  Why does it still show up on my criminal record?
How does a case get expunged?
How do I... Criminal Copy Fee Schedule
Questions on a broader range of topics
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General Questions

How far back do your records go?

As far as 1937 for certain cases, but will vary depending on the date and type of record.  Online access extends to 1991.  If you have a question about whether we have a specific record, call our office at the number above.

Where are the older records?

At the Minnesota State Historical Society.

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Specifically, what case information do you keep?

Criminal and traffic cases filed in Ramsey County, parking tickets, traffic violations, petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and felonies.  We do not keep Juvenile records, Appellate Court records (unless the case started in our court), and we do not keep records of Federal cases. 

How long do you keep case information?

It depends on the age of the record and the level of offense.  If you have a question about a specific record, call our office at the number above.

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Access to Records

How do I view criminal records?

You can search online, or you can go to any Minnesota District Court office and use the public computer terminals.  The public terminals contain a more complete record than what is available online.

How do I view the documents in a case record?

Documents are not available online. Go to any Minnesota District Court office and use the public computer terminals to view documents.

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Can all records and documents be viewed online?

No. Only public records can be viewed online.  For criminal cases, only records that are considered post-disposition are available.  Document images are not currently available online.

What is a disposition?

The court's final determination of criminal charges.

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I'm looking for a very old record. How do I know whether you have it?

Call our office at the number above and inquire before coming in.


Printed Copies & Fees

What's the difference between a certified document and a plain copy?

A certified copy of a court document or record has been signed by a court clerk and embossed with the state seal while a plain copy has not.  Some offices require certification as protection against fraud.  Check the Criminal Fee Schedule for the cost of certified and plain (non-certified) copies.  Certified copies may only be obtained from the court where the charge originated.

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If a certified document is stapled, does removing the staple invalidate it?

Yes. Many agencies and courts may consider it tampering.  If submitted as evidence in a court hearing, it may be challenged. 

Is there a per-page charge for multi-page documents?

No. There is a single fee per document.

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Does it cost money to view the records?

No.

How do I get a copy of my case for employment/rental purposes?

Come to our office and print out the documents at one of our public computers.  There is a fee.   Most agencies only require a Register of Actions, Sentencing Order, and Plea Petition. Certified copies may only be obtained from the court where the charge originated.

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I need a record check for immigration purposes. Do you provide those?

Yes. Come to Room 900 of the City Hall Courthouse and ask for a Criminal History Record Search.   The clerks are familiar with the process and can compile the necessary records for a single fee. You must have a government-issued photo ID.


Confidentiality

Why is the case I'm looking for not available online?

It may be expunged, filed in a a different court (such as Appellate Court or Federal Court) or it may be pre-disposition.  Pre-disposition records will show up on the public computers at Minnesota District Court offices, but not online.

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My case was dismissed.  Why does it still show up on my record?

Dismissed cases are still part of the official record.  If you seek to have the record removed (expunged), visit the Expungement page on this site for more specific information.

How does a case get expunged?

By court order, after the case is disposed, usually at the request of the defendant.

For more information on expungement, visit the Expungement page of this web site or the Self-Help Center pages on Criminal Expungement.

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The Criminal Division office is responsible for maintaining all Criminal Court files. Over 50,000 cases are filed each year.  Records are maintained at two locations:

Records for cases filed in St. Paul and records for all felony cases filed in the 2nd District are housed at: Records for non-felony cases filed in the Ramsey County suburbs (including Maplewood, Shoreview, Arden Hills, New Brighton, Mounds View, Little Canada, North Oaks, Roseville, Vadnais Heights, North St. Paul, White Bear Township, White Bear Lake, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale) are housed at:
Main Courthouse
15 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, MN 55102
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Suburban Court
2050 White Bear Ave
Maplewood MN 55109
Map / Driving Directions

All records that have been added to our document image database (felonies and gross misdemeanors: 2000 to the present, misdemeanors: 2005 to the present) may be accessed using self-service computers provided at either location. Document originals, however, may only be reviewed at the appropriate location as listed above.  Additional computer access is available at the Law Enforcement Center, located at 425 Grove Street, St. Paul, MN, 55101. 

Records prior to 1997 may be available on Microfiche at the St. Paul Court House Location.

Contacting Us

Please contact us with any questions or requests at Criminal Court Records (651) 266-8180.