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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Business & Nonprofit Copy and Certificate Requests

Can I order an original Certificate of Incorporation?
How do I place an order for business copies or certificates?
What is the difference between certified and non-certified copies?
If no record is found, where can I go?
Can I get a copy of the bylaws?
What are the fees for copies and certificates?

Q: Can I order an original Certificate of Incorporation?
A:
No, but a copy is retained by this office. You can obtain a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation by selecting one of the options listed in: "How do I place an order for Business Copies or Certificates?"
Q: How do I place an order for business copies or certificates?
A:
We provide four options to obtain business copies and certificates:
  1. Online Services:  Order Business Certificate or Copies Online.  Visa, MasterCard or Discover is accepted for payment.  There is a $10.00 service fee in addition to the certificate or copy fee.
  2. Walk-In Service:  Processed while you wait.  
  3. Mail:  Complete the certificate and copy request form and include a check with the applicable fee payable to the MN Secretary of State.

Mail or Walk-In Service:
Minnesota Secretary of State
Attn:  Certification
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
Saint Paul,  MN 55103-2141
(Staffed 8:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday, excluding holidays)

Business Certificate and Copy Fee Schedule

Q: What is the difference between certified and non-certified copies?
A:
A certified document is a duplicate copy with a certification stamp on the last page of the document.  Non-certified copies are a duplicate copy of what is on record for the document requested.
Q: If no record is found, where can I go?
A:

Religious corporations such as churches and cemetery associations are more than likely filed at a county recorder's office. Contact the relevant recorder's office to obtain copies.

Q: Can I get a copy of the bylaws?
A:

No. The Office of the Secretary of State does not file or record bylaws for corporations. They are retained by the corporation.

Q: What are the fees for copies and certificates?
A:

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