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Civil Records

15 W Kellogg Blvd, Room #650
St. Paul MN 55102
651-266-8237
fax: 651-266-8263
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General Record
Information

Can Civil records be found online?
Can I view court documents online?
How do I get copies of Civil documents?
Can a document or record be mailed or e-mailed to me?
What is a certified copy?
How far back do your records go?

Specific Types
of Records

Do you keep divorce records?
Do you keep birth, death and marriage records?
Do you have records on tax and property liens?
Do you have Domestic Abuse and Harassment records?
Do you have criminal records?
Do you have adoption records?
Do you have bankruptcy records?

 Name Change
Records

Do you have records of name changes?
Do I have to notify Social Security of a Name Change?
Does a name change show up on the birth certificate?
My name changed when I became a US citizen. Do you have those records?

Other Questions

How do I get a judgment off my credit report?
I have an old judgment suspending my driver's license. How do I get reinstated?
How do I get a Civil record expunged?

How do I... Questions on a broader range of topics
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Civil Fee Schedule


General Record Information

Can Civil records be found online?

Yes, provided they are not confidential. Documents are not available online.  To search for a record, visit the Search Court Records page of this site.

Can I view court documents online?

No, documents are not available online.

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How do I get copies of Civil documents?

Visit the Civil Records Center at the address above or call our office at the number above to request a copy.  There is a copy fee.

Can a document or record be mailed or e-mailed to me?

Yes. Any request for copies can be made via phone or mail. Paper copies can be mailed to you.  If you prefer, an electronic version can be e-mailed. Only copies for the years 1981 to the present are available for e-mail. Electronic copies can be opened using Windows Picture Fax Viewer. Mail your request to Civil Records at the address above.  Copy fees apply.

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What is a certified copy?

A certified copy includes the signature of the clerk attesting to the accuracy of the document and a raised seal.  This may be required depending on how you intend to use the document (for example, presenting it to or filing it with another government agency).

How far back do your records go?

Civil case documents are kept on computer or microfilm as far back as 1897.  Some cases between 1897 and 1902 are at the MN State Historical Society.  All records before 1897 are housed at the Historical Society.

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Specific Types of Records

Do you keep divorce records?

Only divorce records from 1897 to 1980 are handled by the Civil Records office.  Divorce records from 1981 to the present are handled by Family Court.

Do you keep birth, death and marriage records?

No. Birth, death, and marriage records, are handled by the Office of Vital Records.

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Do you have records on tax and property liens?

No.  For State Tax Liens, call 651-556-3003, for IRS Tax Liens call 651-312-8080, and for Property Liens, call 651-266-2050.

Do you have Domestic Abuse and Harassment records?

No, For these types or records, visit the Domestic Abuse/Harassment page on this site or call them directly at 651-266-5130.

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Do you have criminal records?

No. For these types or records, visit the Criminal Court page on this site or call them directly at 651-266-8010.

Do you have adoption records?

No. For these types or records, visit the Juvenile Court page on this site or call them directly at 651-266-5115.

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Do you have Bankruptcy Records?

No, they are held in United States Bankruptcy Court. For information and assistance you may contact them at 866-260-7337.


Name Change Records

Do you have records of name changes?

Yes, if they were filed in Ramsey County.  Some of the records are confidential and may not be released without a court order.  Copy fees apply.

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Do I have to notify Social Security of a Name Change?

Yes, the court does not do this.  You will need a certified copy.  Copy fees apply.

Does a name change show up on the birth certificate?

No.  A name change does not automatically affect the birth certificate.  For more information on changing a birth certificate, visit the Name Change section of the State Self-Help Center.

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My name changed when I became a US citizen. Do you have those records?

No, they are held in United States District Court.  You may contact the US District Court at 651-848-1100.


Other Questions

How do I get a judgment off my credit report?

The court does not report to the credit agencies.  To correct an error on your credit report you must contact the credit agency directly.
Equifax Corporation: 1-800-392-7816
Experian: 1-888-397-3742
TransUnion: 1-800-888-4213

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I have an old judgment suspending my driver's license. How do I get reinstated?

Come to our office at the address above.  Provided the judgment is expired, staff can prepare a letter for you to take to the Department of Vehicle Services.

How do I get a Civil record expunged?

Only Eviction (Unlawful Detainer) records may be expunged. 

For more information, visit the Expungement of Unlawful Detainer page on this site or the State Self-Help Center web site section titled Expungement of Eviction Record.

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Civil Court Records Contact
Records Information (651) 266-8237
Records Supervisor (651) 266-8244
Records Fax (651) 266-8263

We are responsible for maintaining all Civil Court files; over 13,000 cases are filed each year.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO CASE DOCKET/Register of Actions

Please use the following link to access case information.

http://www.mncourts.gov/default.aspx?page=1927

VITAL RECORDS

Civil Records does not have birth or death records. These records are available from the Vital Records Office of the Ramsey County Department of Health located at 555 Cedar Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101, (651) 266-1330 or http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/vr/index.htm

Access to Civil Files

Civil files are available for viewing on our internal court imaging system. Some cases are sealed and not available for viewing.

  • Files 1897 - 2011 are available on microfilm or imaging at Room 650, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102.

Copy Fees

  • Certified document - $16.00.
  • Plain document - $10.00.
Copy Request

      Any request for Copies can be made via phone or mail. The copies can be reproduced via hard copy or attached to an email. Only copies for the years 1988 to the Present are available to be emailed. Any copy sent via email should be opened using Windows Picture Fax Viewer after it has been saved to the user's desktop. Mail request to Civil Records, Room 650 at 15 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul ,MN 55102.

Records Prior to 1897

State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society preserves Ramsey County civil case files (file nos. 1-78,050) for the years 1858-1902;  642 boxes.

For assistance with the records preserved in the State Archives, researchers may contact our Library staff at 651.259.3300 or reference@mnhs.org.

Unlawful Detainer

Unlawful Detainer files are destroyed after two years, per the State Records Retention Schedule, and are not available. Some other file types may also have been destroyed per state retention schedules.

Access to Divorce Records

Divorce records prior to 1897 are available through the Minnesota Historical Society (651) 296-6126 or http://www.mnhs.org/geneology/family/genieguide/divorce.

Divorce records from 1897 through 1980 are available through Civil Records. You will need the married names of both parties and the year of the divorce.

Divorce records from 1981 to the present are available through Family Court, Room 160, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-2842.

Contacting Us

Please contact us with any questions or requests at Civil Court Records (651) 266-8237.