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) 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 (application available on Recorder's main page).
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:
Lyon County Recorder
607 West Main Street
Marshall MN 56258
We try to send the out the certificates the same day we receive the application.
Faxed or Rush orders:
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: 507-537-7988.
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. In order to get it in that days mail, we need to receive it by 2:30 pm.
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 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.
Birth Certificates: 1st Certificate $26.00 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.
Each additional cert. at that time $19.00
Death Certificates: 1st Certificate $13.00
Each additional cert. at that time $6.00
Marriage Certificate: $9.00
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 Lyon County Recorder’s Office at 507-537-7988 and we will be happy to assist if possible. or you can search http://www.mncounty.com. It 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.
If you are interested in obtaining a marriage license here is some information you may want:
$115.00 - Full Fee
$40.00 - Reduced Fee-applicants must present an "Educators Statement" at the time of making the application to received discounted price. The Educators Statement must appear on the educator’s letterhead, be signed and notarized as following the requirements shown in MS 517.08 Subd. 1b (b).
Minnesota Statute requires there to be a five-day waiting period before the marriage license can be issued. In case of an unforeseen emergency - applicants can request a five-day waiver from a Judge.
The marriage license is good for six-months. If it is not used within that Six-month period, it becomes null & void. Applicants will need to purchase another license and pay the appropriate fee. The license can be purchased in any county within MN and the marriage ceremony takes place any where within the geographical boundaries of Minnesota.
Both the intended Bride & Groom must make application for the marriage license. The couple must be a man and a woman. If either of the parties had been married previously, we ask that you bring in the most recent divorce decree so the exact date of the divorce can be inserted onto the application. If one of you has been convicted of a felony and wants to change your name through marriage, there is additional paperwork required and it will delay the issuance of the marriage license for 30 days.
The application for a marriage license can be found on the Recorder's Applications & Forms page. You can print the application out & complete it BUT do not sign it until you bring it into the office. We accept application for marriages between 8:30 - 4:30.
Certified Certificate of Marriage: If you purchased your marriage license from Lyon 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 Bride & Groom and date of marriage. There is a $9.00 fee required per certificate ordered. Send your request to:
Lyon County Recorder Phone: 507-537-6722
607 West Main Street Fax: 507-537-7988
Marshall, MN 56258 Email:
If you are unsure whether the license was purchased in Lyon County you can check the MN Official Marriage System (MOMS) site and do a statewide search which will identify which county in Minnesota has your record. Click on Statewide Marriage Index.