Requesting Data

Medical Examiner data is available upon request with the appropriate authorization as directed in Minnesota Statute 13.83. 

Public and Non-Public Information

Basic demographic information and the cause and manner of death are matters of public record under Minnesota law.  The rest of the information is confidential and treated similarly to a medical record.  Information is available only to spouse, children, parents, siblings, legal representatives and treating physicians.  In cases of homicide, Medical Examiner information and autopsy reports can only be provided to law enforcement agencies investigating the death and to the County Attorney until the matter has made its way through the courts. 

Fees

Standard Medical Examiner reports are available for a fee. Requests for other data not available in standard reports are subject to additional fees.

 

Requestor information

You are not required to provide any contact information. However, the Medical Examiner cannot process incomplete requests and if we are unable to process the request as submitted, it may be delayed. Completed requests will be sent via the method selected in the 'Receive the data via' field below.

Select the appropriate relationship to the deceased.

Click on the "?" for definition or description of the relationship

The agency charged by law with investigating the death.

Usually a spouse, children, parents or siblings

The deceased person's primary care physician at the time of death.

The legal representative of the deceased person's estate. 

The legal representative of the family or next of kin of the deceased.

Person authorized by court order.

Attach court documents below

 

Public data only.

The insurance representative of the deceased person's estate. 

Attach Next of Kin Consent below

Public data only.

Attach completed Health Care Directive below

Attach Court Orders, Health Directives, or Consent forms below.  Please add up to 3 attachments. Please remove special characters from file names before attaching, e.g. & < > ' "

        Please provide as much detailed information about your request as possible.

         

        Case number is year of death plus 4 digits

        Case number is year of death plus 4 digits

        Case number is year of death plus 4 digits

        Case number is year of death plus 4 digits

        Case number is year of death plus 4 digits

        Certification of Records Statement

        The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, as custodian of records for deaths occurring in Hennepin, Dakota and Scott counties, does hereby certify that the accompanying records are true and correct copies of the original official records created or compiled during the investigation into the manner and cause of death of the named individual, and contained in the files of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

        Records contained herein from third party sources were requested under statutory authority (MSS 390.11, Subd. 7a.) and retain the same data classification status as the original (MSS 13.03, Subd. 4.). Third party records are not deemed to be complete nor certified and represent only those requested and reviewed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. 

        Medical Examiner data is available upon request with the appropriate permission as directed in Minnesota Statute 13.83. 

        Click on the "?" for definition or description of the report or data.

        A report containing medical diagnoses, toxicology and complex medical terminology. It contains non-public data and only the investigating agency or those with legal authorization may request this report.

        This report provides the cause and manner of death, and toxicology results. This report has non-public data and the person requesting it must get legal authorization.

        WARNING:  Graphic Content - please note that photographs are graphic in nature, please read the following:

        • Photos can be requested by; next of kin, treating physicians, authorized attorneys
        • Next of Kin include; spouse, children, parents, siblings
        • Photos may become of a court record or released by court order
        • Photos will be provided through a secure portal except agencies with pre-existing arrangements
        • Viewer discretion is strongly advised

        Investigative reports contain the deceased person’s name, age, race, gender, home address, the legal next of kin, location of death, injury detail, main and supplemental narratives. This report has non-public data and the person requesting it must get legal authorization.

        Provides the cause and manner of death, time of death and injury information if pertinent. 

        This form has all the public data on a deceased person.

        This is a summary of case details including cause and manner of death, brief history, and summary concerning the demise. This report has non-public data and the person requesting it must get legal authorization.

        Our office reviews requests for the complete case file on a case-by-case basis. We inform the requester of the fee. This report has non-public data and the person requesting it must get legal authorization.

        The Medical Examiner's Office will contact you in regards to price.

        Please send payment (check or money order) to:

        Hennepin County Medical Examiner

        Attention: Records

        530 Chicago Avenue

        Minneapolis, MN 55415 

        Note:  If payment is not received within thirty (30) business days your request will be closed.

        Note:  If payment is not received within thirty (30) business days your request will be closed.

        Credit cards are not accepted for payment at this time.