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Birth, Death & Marriage Certificate Application

If you are interested in obtaining a certified birth, death or marriage certificate you must complete an application (located on Recorder's main page – right hand side under Applications & Forms) and be able to show tangible interest in the certificate you are requesting (for birth & death). There are a couple of ways you can obtain the certificates other than in person.  Applications for a Marriage Certificate need not be signed or notarized.

Non-rush orders: (through the mail):

Complete the entire application form, sign it in front of notary public (if required), send the application and appropriate money to our office:

Todd County Recorder
215 1st Avenue South Suite 203
Long Prairie MN 56347

We try to send the out the certificates the same day we receive the application.

Faxed or Rush Orders (credit card orders - additional fee of $7.00):

Complete the entire application form, sign in front of a notary public, on the lower portion of the application you need to complete your credit card information, fax the application to our office: 320-732-4001.

We process your application as soon as we get the faxed application and send out the certificate(s) in that days mail to the address shown.  If there are problems or questions – we contact you if you’ve given us your phone number.  For even faster return service we can return through “Federal Express” for an additional $17.50 fee.  If you should choose this faster service – you can write “Federal Express Order” on the application, which authorizes us to add the additional fee to your credit card.

Fees Birth Certificates: $26.00 1st certificate, $19.00 each-additional certs. (same certificate/same request)
Death Certificates: $13.00 1st certificate, $6.00 each-additional certs. (same certificate/same request)
Marriage Certificates: $9.00 each certificate  

Other Information:  If you (with a tangible interest) want someone (without a tangible interest) to obtain the birth or death certificate(s) for you, you must provide that individual with a letter authorizing him/her to get the certificate(s).  Your signature must be notarized.  The individual then must complete an application, present your letter of authorization and pay the fee.

If you are a firm/individual that is unable to find someone with a tangible interest to complete the application; you can complete the form, check box #6, include some kind of documentation as to why the certificate(s) is/are needed and include the appropriate money.  These orders must be approved by the MN Dept. of Health before we can process that application.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Todd County Recorder’s Office at 320-732-4428 and we will be happy to assist if possible.  is the website address for a statewide marriage search. That site will tell you what county to contact for a specific marriage certificate and assist you in ordering one.

Marriage License Application Information


Couples can complete an on-line marriage application at the Recorder’s Office, during normal business hours or by using your home computer or mobile device by completing the steps at the following site:

Completing the on-line application is the first step in applying for a marriage license. Both applicants must appear at the recorder’s office to finish applying for the marriage license and paying the appropriate fee(s). If you apply outside the office, all you need to do is provide your names and inform office staff that you applied on line, they can then access the portal and retrieve the application for further processing.

• Full License Fee = $115.00 - there are no REFUNDS.

• Reduced marriage license fee = $40.00. Subject to ALL of the following requirements:

a. The applicants have received at least 12 hours of pre-marital counseling or education,

b. Provide an "Educator's Statement" according to MS 517.08 Subd (1b) at the time the application is made, (educational requirements and Format of form outlined in statute or is available from the Recorder's Office) and

• There is a five-day waiting period. Once issued the license is good for six months.

• A name change through the marriage process is a LEGAL CHANGE of name therefore make sure you identify the name you want after marriage.

• If applicant(s) were previously married you will need to supply the following information:

a. How previous marriage ended.

b. Provide complete date (mm/dd/yyyy) of divorce or death or annulment.

c. County and state of divorce or death.

d. Type of court for divorce (i.e. District or Circuit)

e. Previous married names are required for both of the parties if both have been divorced.

• Upon receipt of your license, please be sure to read them carefully to check for any spelling error of names, addresses, etc. There is a $20.00 re-issuance fee for this service. Changes requested after marriage might require a court order to change.

• Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and not under guardianship or conservatorship. If applicants are between the ages of 16-18, custodial parent(s) must seek Judge’s approval for a minor to marry. There is a $20.00 fee for this service

Certified Certificate of Marriage: If you purchased your marriage license from Todd County and are looking to obtain a certified copy of the marriage certificate - please send us a letter requesting.  We will need the names of the couple's pre-marriage names and date of marriage. There is a $9.00 fee required per certificate ordered.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Todd County Recorder’s Office at 320-732-4428 and we will be happy to assist if possible. OR you can search which is a website for a statewide marriage index. That site will tell you what county to contact for a specific marriage certificate and assist you in ordering one.

 Send your request to:

Todd County Recorder
215 First Avenue South
Suite 203
Long Prairie, MN 56347  
Phone: 320-732-4428
Fax: 320-732-4001

If you are unsure whether the license was purchased in Todd County, feel free to contact us and we can check.

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