Free Minnesota Arrest & Criminal Records: Check All MN Counties

Free Minnesota Arrest Records & Criminal Records Search
Access Minnesota Records: background checks, warrants, probation and parole, court records, and all criminal and arrest records.

Check free Minnesota criminal records and daily arrest reports in every MN county through official agencies in just a few minutes.

Thanks to Minnesota and federal open record laws, these records can be accessed by anyone for any reason. Yet, finding Minnesota arrest records and criminal proceedings is overly complicated due to the different processes between various agencies and types of records.

This streamlined resource aims to simplify this process and make finding any public criminal record quick and stress-free. Through the guidance below, searchers will learn how to find:

  • Online inmate rosters that contain recent or daily arrests, and contact information for arresting agencies
  • Criminal records through courts and law enforcement agencies
  • Information regarding arrest warrants, probation, and parole status
  • Sexual predators in MN neighborhoods
  • Prison records for Minnesota state prisons and federal penitentiaries

Furthermore, citizens will learn more about background checks for personal or professional uses, bailing someone out of jail, expunging records, and laws surrounding the ethical use of criminal and arrest records.

Accessing Public Criminal Records & Arrest Records: Minnesota

Minnesota classifies data as either private or public information.1 Private records refer to publicly unavailable records that might require a court order to access. These include juvenile records, all arrest information, and convictions over 15 years old. In contrast, anyone can access public information, including offenses, convictions for 15 years, date of offenses, probation information, and the place of confinement.

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA), among other statutes and acts, regulates access and dissemination of arrest and criminal records in Minnesota.2 The MGDPA requires that accessed data be used for specific purposes. According to the act, data should only be used or disclosed after the provision of an authorization, failure to which individuals accessing the data are subject to legal action.

In addition to the MGDPA, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that individuals can access data except in situations that can affect the use of the data.3 The FOIA stipulates that such data be used for research and analysis, to review and hold agencies accountable, and to conduct other duties under the law.

The Minnesota Statutes §299C.095 categorizes juvenile records as private data and only accessible by the criminal justice system during trial courts, by public defenders, and by criminal justice agencies.4 Access can also be granted in case of a background check on an employment or license applicant to determine criminal history.

Whereas juvenile records are kept for a certain period, Minnesota Statutes §299C.095 allocates timelines under which the records should be destroyed on case dismissal, diversion, or the juvenile attaining a certain age.

While criminal records are public information in Minnesota, Statutes §364.01 and 364.10, commonly referred to as “Ban the Box,” offers some protection on how these records can be used.5,6 These stipulations strive to prevent discriminating against individuals with a criminal history from employment opportunities, while offering employers a chance to review their employees before hiring them.

According to Ban the Box, employers cannot request a potential employee’s criminal history until the applicant has been selected for an interview or offered a conditional job. Employers are free to conduct further extended criminal background checks once a conditional job offer has been extended.

In Minnesota, anyone can report the violation of Ban the Box to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights through the Ban the Box Submission Form.7

A screenshot of the Ban the Box form on the Minnesota Government Portal that displayed all the required fields, including the Ban the Box question, concerns, date of application, and the relevant business information that needs to be reported to the Minnesota government.
Source: Minnesota Government Portal7

In addition to criminal and arrest records, the resource on tracking down Minnesota public information details even more information that can be found, including but not limited to records regarding marriage, divorce, birth, death, court dockets and more.

A Comparison of Details Shown on Criminal Records vs Arrest Records in Minnesota

The terms “arrest records” and “criminal records” are often used interchangeably and are interrelated; however, they refer to different things.

An arrest record shows exactly that — details of an arrest. Arrest records are especially important if you want to find out someone’s charges in jail. In contrast, a criminal record, also known as a rap sheet, contains exhaustive information about an individual’s criminal history.

Employers rely on criminal records and arrest records during employee background screening. Courts also use these records to make decisions on convictions, plea bargains, and probation, among other things.

The following details can help differentiate between the two types of records.

Minnesota arrest records include:

  • Name
  • Mugshot (some county jail rosters do not include mugshots)
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Date and time of booking (in some cases indicated as incarceration)
  • Booking agency (usually the Sheriff’s Office)
  • Booking ID/Booking number
  • Court case number
  • Housing agency (where the offender is housed, usually in the county jail)
  • Offense/charges
  • Status
  • Scheduled release date (if available)
  • Actual release date (if available)
  • Bail amounts

Minnesota criminal records contain:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Case number
  • Date filed
  • Case title
  • Case type
  • Case location
  • Case status
  • Citation number
  • Judicial officer
  • Charges
  • Level of charge
  • Statutes
  • Disposition and date of disposition
  • Offense date
  • Community of offense
  • Law enforcement agency
  • Prosecuting agency
  • Guilty pleas
  • Fines and fees (if any)

How To Find Out if Someone Was Arrested or Is in a Minnesota Jail (Free)

If a person wants to know how to find recent arrests, they can call or visit the local Sheriff’s Office to inquire and access this information for free. The Sheriff’s Office can provide key information on the arrestee’s charges, current state, and court appearance.

Under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, consent is not required before accessing arrest records as the data is considered public. Interested parties can also access county jail rosters or get the information via a phone call for free.

Check Minnesota Arrest Records, Mugshots & the Reason for Detainment via County Sheriff Offices

Most counties in Minnesota publish daily arrests on their websites. Some counties, like Anoka County, have an inmate arrest records search feature that, when queried, displays the inmate’s arrest details alongside a mugshot of the inmate.8

A search result displaying details about a person detained in Anoka County, including the person's entire name, arrest date, incarceration date, actual release date, charges or offense, and the amount of bail, as well as the detainee's mug photo beside it.
Source: Anoka County Minnesota8

Aitkin County is an example of a county that publishes a daily jail roster (as opposed to having an inmate locator).9 As shown in the image below, the roster lists inmates and their charges. There’s also a mugshot beside each inmate’s name.

Daily reports from the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office show the current inmate roster, mugshots, inmate full name, booked date and agency with the date printed in the upper right corner and two Aitkin County logos at the top.
Source: Aitkin County9

Inquirers may also want to visit or call the local Sheriff’s Office to find more details about an inmate whose arrest details are not yet available online. In most Minnesota counties, arrest reports are available 24 hours after the arrest.

The table below shows the link to each Minnesota county inmate locator or jail roster, the county jail or the Sheriff’s Office phone number, and whether the search tool or jail roster has an accompanying inmate mugshot. A person can use these details to find out if someone is in jail in Minnesota.

County Inmate Search Tool or Contact Page County Jail or Sheriff’s Office Phone Number Shows Mugshots?
Aitkin County 218-297-7435
Anoka County 763-324-5000
Becker County Jail: 218-847-2939
Sheriff’s Office: 218-847-2661
Beltrami County Jail: 218-333-4189
Sheriff’s Office: 218-333-9111
Benton County Jail: 320-968-8180
Sheriff’s Office: 320-968-7201
Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office: 320 839-3558 X
Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office: 507-304-4800
Brown County Sheriff’s Office: 507-233-6700
Carlton County Jail: 218-384-9520
Sheriff’s Office: 218-384-4560
Carver County Sheriff’s Office: 952-361-1212 X
Cass County Jail: 218-547-2441
Sheriff’s Office: 218-547-1424
Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office: 320-269-2121
Chisago County Jail: 651-257-2931
Sheriff’s Office: 651-213-6300
Clay County Jail: 218-299-5163
Sheriff’s Office: 218-299-5151
Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office: 218-694-6226
Cook County 218-387-3030
Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office: 507-831-1375
Crow Wing County Jail: 218-822-7050
Sheriff’s Office: 218-829-4749
Dakota County Sheriff’s Office: 651-438-4700
Douglas County Jail: 320-762-2139
Sheriff’s Office: 320-762-8151
Faribault County Sheriff’s Office: 507-526-5148
Fillmore County 507-765-3874
Freeborn County Jail: 507.377.4683
Sheriff’s Office: 507-377-5205
Goodhue County Jail: 651-267-2804
Sheriff’s Office: 651-267-2600
Hennepin County Jail: 612-348-5112
Sheriff’s Office: 612-348-3744
Houston County 507-725-3379
Hubbard County 218-732-3331
Isanti County 763-689-2141
Itasca County Jail: 218-327-2875
Sheriff’s Office: 218-326-3477
Jackson County 507-847-4420
Kandiyohi County 320-214-6700
Koochiching County 218-283-4416
Lac qui Parle County 320-598-3720
Lake County 218-834-8385
Le Sueur County Jail: 507-357-8274
Sheriff’s Office: 507-357-8557
Lyon County Jail: 507-929-6623
Sheriff’s Office: 507-537-7666
Martin County 507-238-4481
McLeod County Jail: 320-864-5191
Sheriff’s Office: 888-440-3134
Meeker County Jail: 320-693-5415
Sheriff’s Office: 320-693-5400
Mille Lacs County Jail: 320-983-8244
Sheriff’s Office: 320-983-8250
Morrison County Jail: 320-632-2673
Sheriff’s Office: 320-632-9233
Mower County Jail: 507-437-9562
Sheriff’s Office: 507-437-9546
Murray County 507-836-6168
Nicollet County 507-931-1570
Nobles County Jail: 507-295-5290
Sheriff’s Office: 507-295-5400
Norman County Tri-County Community Corrections: (218)470-8100
Sheriff’s Office: 218-784-7114
Olmsted County 507-328-6790
Otter Tail County Jail: 218-998-8556
Sheriff’s Office: 218-998-8534
Pennington County Jail: 218-416-7097
Sheriff’s Office: 218-681-6161
Pine County Jail: 320-629-8400
Sheriff’s Office: 320-629-8380
Pipestone County 507-825-1100
Polk County Tri-County Community Corrections: (218)470-8100
Sheriff’s Office: 218-281-0431
Ramsey County Jail: 651-266-9350
Sheriff’s Office: 651-266-9333
Red Lake County Tri-County Community Corrections: (218)470-8100
Sheriff’s Office: 218-253-2996
Redwood County Jail: 507-637-1313
Sheriff’s Office: 507-637-4036
Renville County Jail: 320-523-3600
Sheriff’s Office: 320-523-1161
Rice County Jail: 507-332-6021
Sheriff’s Office: 507-334-4391
Rock County Jail: 507-295-5290
Sheriff’s Office: 507-283-5000
Roseau County 218-463-1421
Saint Louis County Jail: 218-726-2345
Sheriff’s Office:

Scott County Jail: 952-496-8314
Sheriff’s Office: 952-496-8625
Sherburne County 763-765-3500
Sibley County Jail: 507-237-4337
Sheriff’s Office: 507-237-4339
Stearns County Jail: 320-259-3760
Sheriff’s Office: 320-259-3702
Steele County Jail: 507-446-7000
Sheriff’s Office: 507-444-3800
Swift County 320-843-3133
Todd County 320-732-2157
Traverse County 320-422-7800
Wabasha County Jail: 651-560-1004
Sheriff’s Office: 651-565-3361
Wadena County 218-631-7600
Waseca County 507-835-0510
Washington County 651-430-7900 X
Watonwan County Jail: 507-375-1206
Sheriff’s Office: 507-375-3121
Wilkin County Jail: 218-643-1205
Sheriff’s Office: 218-643-8544
Winona County Jail: 507-457-6377
Sheriff’s Office: 507-457-6368
Wright County 763-682-7622 X
Yellow Medicine County 320-564-2130

*Murray County and Lincoln County have partnered on inmate housing.
*Red Lake, Polk, and Normal counties share correctional services known as the Tri-County Community Corrections.
*Rock County and Nobles County share a jail.
*Winona County is in the final stages of completing the Winona County Detention Center (WCDC).

Some counties in Minnesota do not have an online search tool or an inmate jail roster for current arrests. Consequently, the table below lists these counties and the Sheriff’s Office number where a person can call to find out if someone was detained:

County Sheriff’s Office Number
Dodge County 507-635-6200
Grant County 218-685-8280
Kanabec County 320-679-8400
Kittson County 218-843-3535
Lake of the Woods County 218-634-1143
Lincoln County 507-694-1664
Mahnomen County 218-935-2255
Marshall County 218-745-5411
Pope County 320-634-5411
Stevens County 320-208-6500

How To Contact a Minnesota Jail Inmate & Bail Them Out

The best way to contact an inmate in jail is usually through a bail bondsman. These people know the intricacies of the legal system and can save time.

However, a person can still contact someone in jail if they know where that person has been detained. It is usually not advisable to show up in jail and expect to see the arrestee. Jails in Minnesota have visitation days and rules. Some jails offer physical visits, while others provide video visitation.

For video visitation, a person can either video call at home or at a specific place set up by the jail (usually inside the jail). However, even video visitation needs booking, and it is advisable to call the jail in advance and inquire about their visitation policies.

The following is a table of the county jails in Minnesota, including details about visitation policies alongside contact numbers to help a person contact someone who’s in jail:

County Jail Contact & Visitation Details Personal Visits Allowed?
Aitkin County Visitation can be scheduled by calling 218-927-7444 at least 24 hours in advance, Mon-Fri.
Anoka County Jail On-site video visits are available. Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours prior. Off-site video visits through ICSolutions. X
Becker County Jail On-site video visitation via a computer kiosk (Wed-Sat) or online home visitation (Mon-Sun). Call 218-847-2939 to arrange. X
Beltrami County Jail On-site (jail lobby) and off-site (online) visits. Off-site visits through Video Canteen. Visitations are allowed every day at specific times.
Benton County Jail Through appointments, 24 hours prior. Arranged through 320-968-8180.
Big Stone County Jail No information is provided. Call Sheriff’s office on 320-839-3558 *
Blue Earth County Jail Remote and on-site visiting only through Inmate Canteen. First, register for approval. X
Brown County Jail Visitation allowed subject to approval (Sun, Mon, Thur). Call (507)233-6775 at least 24 hours prior.
Carlton County Jail Non-contact visits are allowed on Tues, Thur, and Sat. Call 218-384-4560 to arrange.
Carver County Jail Telephone and video visitation through NCIC Inmate Communications. Call +1-800-943-2189 to arrange. X
Cass County Jail Visitation is allowed on Wed, Thur, and Sat. Call 218-547-1424 to arrange.
Chippewa County Jail Visitations only on Tue and Fri. Call 320-269-2121 to arrange. *
Chisago County Jail On-site video visitation. Visitation hours depend on if inmates are classified as minimum/medium security or maximum security. Call 651-257-2931 to arrange. X
Clay County Jail Inmate video visitation is provided via Reliance Telephone. Appointments are required, and visitations are conducted in the public lobby. X
Clearwater County Jail Non-contact visitation is to be arranged by calling 208-476-8903.
Cook County Jail Can be arranged by calling 218-387-3030. Visitation is conducted via Reliance Telephone.
Cottonwood County Jail Free video visitation is offered from the Law Enforcement Center kiosk. Sign up through Reliance Telephone. X
Crow Wing County Jail Visitation is conducted via video communication. Schedule at Inmate Canteen. X
Dakota County Jail On-site jail video visiting is currently suspended. X
Dodge County Jail Call the Sheriff’s Office at 507-635-6200 to enquire. *
Douglas County Jail Video visitation is to be scheduled via Inmate Canteen. It can be on-site or off-site. X
Faribault County Jail Non-contact visits are allowed. Pre-approved video visits via Turnkey and Reliance Telephone. X
Fillmore County Jail Non-contact visits are allowed on Tue and Thur. Call 507-765-3874 to arrange
Freeborn County Jail Free video visitation at the jail lobby. Online visitation via Inmate Canteen. X
Goodhue County Jail On-site video visitations are allowed by scheduling one at Securus. X
Grant County Jail Call the Sheriff’s Office at 218-685-8280 to enquire. *
Hennepin County Jail Only video visits are allowed at $4 per 20 minutes through Securus Technologies. X
Houston County Jail Video visiting to be scheduled at X
Hubbard County Detention Center Pre-approved on-site video visitation. Call 218-732-3331 to arrange. X
Isanti County Jail On-site video visitation is subject to approval. Call 763-691-2456 to arrange. X
Itasca County Jail Non-contact on-site visitation is to be secluded by calling 218-327-2875. X
Jackson County Jail Video calling is allowed. Call 507-847-4420 to schedule. X
Kanabec County Jail Visits can be scheduled by calling 320-679-8402. *
Kandiyohi County Jail On-site and off-site video visitation is provided by Inmate Canteen X
Kittson County Jail Call 218-843-3535 at least 24 hours in advance to make visitation arrangements. *
Koochiching County Jail Contact 218-283-4416 for more information. *
Lac qui Parle County Jail Contact 320-598-3720 for more information. *
Lake County Jail Both on-site and off-site visitation via the Reliance Connect app. Visitations are only on Sundays and Wednesdays. X
Lake of the Woods County Detention Center On-site non-contact visitation via the telephone at the visiting booth.
Le Sueur County Jail On-site and video visitation are available. Schedule a visit via Inmate Canteen.
Lincoln County Jail Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 507-694-1664. *
Lyon County Jail Personal visits are allowed on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. No appointment is required. Visitation runs from 8:00 AM to 11 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Murray County
McLeod County Jail On-site video visitation via Inmate canteen. X
Mahnomen County Jail Call the county Sheriff’s Office at 218-935-2255 to enquire. *
Marshall County Jail Visitations are allowed Mon-Fri from 1-4 PM. Contact visits are subject to Sheriff’s Office approval via 218-745-5411.
Martin County Corrections On-site video visits are allowed on Fri, Sat, Sun. Call the jail administrator at 507-238-3153 to schedule. X
Meeker County Detention Center Visitations are allowed on Thur and Sun. Call the detention center at 320-693-5415 to schedule.
Mille Lacs County Jail Both on-site and remote video visitation is to be scheduled via Securus. X
Morrison County Jail Video visitation is to be scheduled via JailATM. X
Mower County Jail On-site non-contact video visitation is to be scheduled by calling 507-437-9562. X
Nicollet County Jail On-site non-contact visitation is to be scheduled by calling 507-934-7161. Visitation days: Tue, Thur, and Sat. X
Nobles County Jail On-site video visitation via Reliance: Sun, Tue, Thur X
Rock County Jail
Norman County, Polk County, and Red Lake County (Tri-County Community Corrections) On-Site & Off-Site video visitation via SECURUS. On-site: Mon-Fri; off-site: 7 days a week. X
Olmsted County Detention Center Both online and in-person visits are available. Unlimited off-site visits via ICSolutions. In-person video visits are held at Olmsted County Work Release. X
Otter Tail County Jail Limited visitation. Contact Sgt. Berg at 218-998-8576 for appointment. X
Pennington County Jail Remote video. Only visitation via Inmate Canteen. X
Pine County Jail Onsite inmate visitation is conducted via Reliance Telephone. X
Pipestone County Jail Visits are allowed on Wed, Sat, Sun, and holidays. Call 507-825-1100 to schedule. X
Pope County Jail Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 320-634-5411. *
Ramsey County ADC On-site non-contact video visits via Securus. At-Home (remote) visits are also available. X
Redwood County Jail On-site video visiting is provided at the visiting quarters of the jail lobby. X
Renville County Jail No on-site visitation. Video visitation via Reliance Telephone. X
Rice County Jail On-site visit is available. Remote visits via Inmate Canteen are also available. Personal visits are limited to Tue, Thur, and Sat. Call 507-332-6021 to schedule. X
Roseau County Detention Center Off-site video visitation is available via Inmate Canteen. Contact 218-463-1421 for more information. X
Saint Louis County Jail Pre-registered lobby visits via Reliance. Lobby kiosks are available at Duluth.
Scott County Jail Off-site video visitation is provided via ICSolutions. You can also schedule on-site video visitation by calling 952-496-8327. X
Sherburne County Jail Free on-site video visitation is available via NCIC. Remote visitation is available via appointment only via NCIC at $0.27 per minute. Visitations are allowed at specified times on all days of the week. X
Sibley County Jail Visiting days are Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call 507-237-4337 to schedule a visit. X
Stearns County Jail Non-contact on-site visits are allowed. All days of the week except for Tuesdays and Saturdays. X
Stevens County Jail Call the Sheriff’s Office at 320-208-6500 to enquire. *
Swift County Jail Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 320-843-3133 to enquire. *
Todd County Detention Center Inmate visitation is allowed on Wed, Fri, and Sun. Call 320-422-7800 to make an appointment. X
Traverse County Jail Call the Sheriff’s Office at 320-422-7800 to enquire. X
Wabasha County Jail On-site telephone visitation is available, Sun to Sat. Schedule a visit by calling the jail at 651-560-1004.
Wadena County Detention Center On-site visitation allowed Mon-Sun. Call 218-631-7600 to schedule a visit.
Waseca County Jail On-site visits are allowed via telephone booth. Visitation days are restricted to Thur, Sat, and Sun.
Washington County Jail On-site visitation allowed Mon-Sun. Call 651-430-7900 in advance. Make sure you are on the inmates visitor list.
Watonwan County Jail On-site visitation is allowed on Tue, Thur, Sat, and Sunday. Call 507-375-1206 at least 24 hours in advance.
Wilkin County Jail On-site and remote video visits facilitated by Reliance. Note that jail staff will not schedule visits for you. X
Winona County Detention Center Please note that WCDC is under renovation. Visitations will be on Tue, Sat, and Sun. X
Wright County Jail On-site visits allowed Mon-Fri. Call 763-684-2381 to schedule.
Yellow Medicine County Jail Visiting is allowed every day at specific times. Call 320-564-2130 to enquire and schedule.

How To Look Up Anyone’s Criminal Records in MN

There are several ways to access criminal records in Minnesota and the government agencies summarized below are explained in further detail below.

A person can access criminal records through the Minnesota Court Records Online (MCRO).10 The MCRO offers access to public case records and documents, including criminal records.

A search tab that provides options for searching in Minnesota Case Record Online by name, either for a person or a company, and then entering the full name, starting with the last name.
Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch18

The public access terminals in each district courthouse in Minnesota offer the inquirer electronic access to statewide public court case records.

Inquirers can also access criminal records through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.11 Court records can also enable the inquirer to determine whether the court has put out a warrant list, which can help know if someone has been charged with a crime.

The following details how an inquirer can obtain public criminal records in Minnesota:

  • The person can access the records online through the  Minnesota Public Criminal History Record Search website.12 The website has data on public criminal history.
  • The inquirer can also visit the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) office, where access to criminal records and a mugshot database is granted free of charge.

Utilize the County’s Court Case Access System To Find MN Criminal Records

The Minnesota Judicial Branch, through its Access Case Records webpage, enables the inquirer to view county court records and determine their availability in the online portal.13

However, to access these records, the inquirer must know the court file’s case number/file number as well as the names of the participants in the case. These details should enable the inquirer to perform the search.

A person can also access court records via the public computer terminals at the Minnesota State Law Library or through the “Find Your Court” search feature provided by the Minnesota Judicial Branch. However, printing at the courthouse terminals attracts an $8 fee.14

A screenshot of the Minnesota Judicial Branch's court search feature that offers 3 quick search options, including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals Clerk of Appellate courts, additionally, a drop-down box at the bottom to locate the district court.
Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch42

The table below shows each county’s online portal for searching someone’s criminal history.

*Stearns County has its own criminal case search portal.

County Courts Who Provide Criminal Records County Courthouse Address Shows Mugshots?
Aitkin County Aitkin County Courthouse Address:
RM 242A, 209 2nd Street NW
Aitkin, MN 56431
Anoka County Anoka County Courthouse Address:
Court Administration
2100 3rd Ave.
Anoka, MN 55303-2489
Becker County Becker County Courthouse Address:
913 Lake Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Beltrami County Beltrami County Courthouse Address:
600 Minnesota Avenue NW, Suite 108
Bemidji, MN 56601-3068
Benton County Benton County Courthouse Address:
615 Highway 23, PO Box 189
Foley, MN 56329
Big Stone County Big Stone County Courthouse Address:
20 Second Street SE, STE 107
Ortonville, MN 56278
Blue Earth County Blue Earth County Courthouse Address:
401 Carver Road, PO Box 3366
Mankato, MN 56002-3366
Brown County Brown County Courthouse Address:
14 South State Street, PO Box 248
New Ulm, MN 56073-0248
Carlton County Carlton County Courthouse Address:
301 Walnut Avenue, PO Box 190
Carlton, MN 55718
Carver County Carver County Courthouse Address:
604 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
Cass County Cass County Courthouse Address:
300 Minnesota Avenue, PO Box 3000
Walker, MN 56484
Chippewa County Chippewa County Courthouse Address:
629 North 11th Street, Suite 9
Montevideo, MN 56265
Chisago County Chisago County Courthouse Address:
313 North Main Street
Center City, MN 55012
Clay County Clay County Courthouse Address:
807 11th Street North
Moorhead, MN 56560
Clearwater County Clearwater County Courthouse Address:
213 Main Avenue #303
Bagley, MN 56621
Cook County Cook County Courthouse Address:
411 West 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Cottonwood County Cottonwood County Courthouse Address:
900 Third Avenue, PO Box 97
Windom, MN 56101-0097
Crow Wing County Crow Wing County Courthouse Address:
213 Laurel Street, Suite 11
Brainerd, MN 56401
Dakota County Dakota County Courthouse Address:
1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033
Phone: (651) 377-7180
Dodge County Dodge County Courthouse Address:
22 6th Street E, Dept. 12
Mantorville, MN 55955
Douglas County Douglas County Courthouse Address:
305 8th Avenue West
Alexandria, MN 56308
Faribault County Faribault County Courthouse Address:
415 North Main Street, PO Box 130
Blue Earth, MN 56013-0130
Fillmore County Fillmore County Courthouse Address:
101 Fillmore Street, PO Box 436
Preston, MN 55965
Freeborn County Freeborn County Courthouse Address:
411 South Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Goodhue County Goodhue County Courthouse Address:
454 West Sixth Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
Grant County Grant County Courthouse Address:
10 2nd Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
Hennepin County Hennepin County Courthouse Address:
300 South 6th St,
Minneapolis, USA, MN 55487
Houston County Houston County Courthouse Address:
306 South Marshall, Suite 2100
Caledonia, MN 55921
Hubbard County Hubbard County Courthouse Address:
301 Court Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Isanti County Isanti County Courthouse Address:
555 18th Avenue SW
Cambridge, MN 55008
Itasca County Itasca County Courthouse Address:
123 4th Street NE
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Jackson County Jackson County Courthouse Address:
405 4th Street
Jackson, MN 56143
Kanabec County Kanabec County Courthouse Address:
317 Maple Avenue East, Suite 318
Mora, MN 55051-1385
Kandiyohi County Kandiyohi County Courthouse Address:
505 Becker Avenue SW
Willmar, MN  56201
Kittson County Kittson County Courthouse Address:
410 South 5th Street, Suite 204
Hallock, MN 56728
Koochiching County Koochiching County Courthouse Address:
715 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649
Lac qui Parle County Lac Qui Parle County Courthouse Address:
600 Sixth Street, Suite 11
Madison, MN 56256
Lake County Lake County Courthouse Address:
601 3rd Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Lake of the Woods County Lake of the Woods County Courthouse Address:
206 8th Avenue SE #250
Baudette, MN 56623
Le Sueur County Le Sueur County Courthouse Address:
435 E Derrynane St
Le Center MN 56057
Lincoln County Lincoln County Courthouse Address:
319 North Rebecca, P.O. Box 15
Ivanhoe, MN 56142-0015
Lyon County Lyon County Courthouse Address:
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258
McLeod County McLeod County Courthouse Address:
830 11th Street East
Glencoe, MN 55336
Mahnomen County Mahnomen County Courthouse Address:
311 N Main
Mahnomen, MN 56557
Marshall County Marshall County Courthouse Address:
208 E Colvin, Suite 18
Warren, MN 56762
Martin County Martin County Courthouse Address:
201 Lake Avenue
Fairmont, MN 56031
Meeker County Meeker County Courthouse Address:
325 North Sibley Avenue
Litchfield, MN 55355
Mille Lacs County Mille Lacs County Courthouse Address:
225 6th Ave SE
Milaca, MN 56353
Morrison County Morrison County Courthouse Address:
213 1st Avenue Southeast
Little Falls, MN 56345
Mower County Mower County Courthouse Address:
201 Second Avenue NE
Austin, MN 55912
Murray County Murray County Courthouse Address:
2500 28th Street, PO Box 57
Slayton, MN 56172-0057
Nicollet County Nicollet County Courthouse Address:
501 South Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082
Nobles County Nobles County Courthouse Address:
1530 Airport Road, PO Box 547
Worthington, MN 56187
Norman County Norman County Courthouse Address:
16 E 3rd Avenue E
Ada, MN 56510
Olmsted County Olmsted County Courthouse Address:
151 Fourth Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Otter Tail County Otter Tail County Courthouse Address:
121 West Junius Avenue #310
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Pennington County Pennington County Courthouse Address:
141 Main Ave S
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Pine County Pine County Courthouse Address:
635 Northridge Drive NW, Suite 320
Pine City, MN 55063
Pipestone County Pipestone County Courthouse Address:
416 South Hiawatha
Pipestone, MN 56164
Polk County Polk County Courthouse Address:
816 Marin Ave, Suite 210
Crookston, MN 56716
Pope County Pope County Courthouse Address:
130 East Minnesota – Ste 309
Glenwood, MN 56334
Ramsey County Ramsey County Courthouse Address:
15 W Kellogg Blvd Room 1700
Saint Paul MN 55102
(651) 266-8266
Red Lake County Red Lake County Courthouse Address:
124 Main Ave NW, PO Box 339
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
Redwood County Redwood County Courthouse Address:
250 South Jefferson
Redwood Falls, MN 56283-0130
Renville County Renville County Courthouse Address:
500 East DePue, Third Level
Olivia, MN 56277
Rice County Rice County Courthouse Address:
218 NW Third St, Suite 300
Faribault, MN 55021
Rock County Rock County Courthouse Address:
204 East Brown Street, PO Box 745
Luverne, MN 56156-0745
Roseau County Roseau County Courthouse Address:
Room 20, 606 5th Avenue SW
Roseau, MN 56751
Saint Louis County Duluth Courthouse Address:
100 North 5th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802-1285
Scott County Scott County Courthouse Address:
200 Fourth Avenue West
Government Center – JC115
Shakopee, MN 55379-1220
Sherburne County Sherburne County Courthouse Address:
13880 Business Center Drive NW
Elk River, MN 55330
Sibley County Sibley County Courthouse Address:
400 Court Avenue, PO Box 867
Gaylord, MN 55334
Stearns County Stearns County Courthouse Address:
Room 448, 705 Courthouse Square
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Steele County Steele County Courthouse Address:
111 East Main Street
Owatonna, MN 55060
Stevens County Stevens County Courthouse Address:
400 Colorado Avenue, STE 307
Morris, MN 56267
Swift County Swift County Courthouse Address:
301 14th Street North, Suite 6
Benson, MN 56215
Todd County Todd County Courthouse Address:
221 1st Avenue South
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Traverse County Traverse County Courthouse Address:
702 2nd Avenue North, PO Box 867
Wheaton, MN 56296
Wabasha County Wabasha County Courthouse Address:
848 17 Street East STE 4
Wabasha, MN 55981
Phone: (651) 412-8627
Wadena County Wadena County Courthouse Address:
415 Jefferson Street South
Wadena, MN 56482
Waseca County Waseca County Courthouse Address:
307 North State Street
Waseca, MN 56093
Washington County Washington County Courthouse Address:
14949 62nd Street North, PO Box 3802
Stillwater, MN 55082
Watonwan County Watonwan County Courthouse Address:
710 Second Avenue South, PO Box 518
St. James, MN 56081
Wilkin County Wilkin County Courthouse Address:
300 South 5th Street, PO Box 219
Breckenridge, MN 56520
Winona County Winona County Courthouse Address:
171 West Third Street
Winona, MN 55987
Wright County Wright County Courthouse Address:
Wright County Justice Center
Room 1100, 3700 Braddock Avenue
Buffalo, MN  55313
Yellow Medicine County Yellow Medicine County Courthouse Address:
415 9th Avenue, Suite 201
Granite Falls, MN 56241

View Criminal Records in MN via the Minnesota Public Criminal History Tool

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Criminal History System (BCA CHS), also known as the Minnesota Public Criminal History Tool, provides a central repository for all criminal records in the state.17 This people finder database offers access to records on persons arrested and convicted.

Anyone can access the Criminal Apprehension Criminal record repository for free. To conduct the search and check if someone has a criminal record, the inquirer needs the offender’s last and first name, followed by their date of birth.

A snapshot from Minnesota Public Criminal History displaying the necessary fields or information to look for a person in custody, with the person's last name appearing first, their first name following, and their birthdate appearing at the bottom.
Source: Minnesota Public Criminal History Record17

Furthermore, the Minnesota Rules Court of the Judicial Branch regulates access to public court records.15 At the same time, the Minnesota Appellate Courts Case Management System (P-MACS) offers the public access to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals court case records.16

In essence, if a case is appealed in trial courts, the appellate court will review the case and come to a conclusion if there was a previous error, mistake, or inquiry to modify or reverse a decisions.

How Do You Obtain an Official Copy of Your Own Criminal Record in Minnesota?

There are various ways of getting a copy of criminal records in Minnesota, as outlined below:

  • The first and quickest option is the Minnesota Court Records Online (MCRO).18 Through MCRO, anyone can go to the Case Search link and search for and print a copy of the criminal records.
  • Inquirers can also visit in person the local county sheriff’s office on weekdays during working hours and request a printed copy of a criminal record. For example, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office operates a Crime History Unit where inquirers can request a copy of a criminal record.19
  • The inquirer can also request a copy mailed to their address via US Mail. The BCA requires requesters to send a notarized Informed Consent form signed by the person whose criminal record needs to be accessed. The consent form should include the correct spelling of the subject’s name and the correct date of birth.
  • Alternatively, the inquirer can visit the BCA headquarters with a signed Informed Consent form and $15 of either cash or money order, certified check, personal check, business check, or cashier’s check enclosed in a manila envelope. Give three business days to pick the records.

When sending a mailing request to the BCA, the person should enclose a check of $15 as discussed above. Additionally, the inquirer should include a stamped envelope with an address and mail the request to the following address:

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Minnesota Justice Information Services – CHA Unit
1430 Maryland Ave E
St. Paul, MN 55106

Mail responses should be expected in approximately two weeks.

How Can I Tell if Someone Is on Probation or Parole in Minnesota?

Finding out if someone is on parole in MN or checking if someone is under Minnesota probation has been made simple by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC).20

The MNDOC stores Minnesota criminal records of individuals under the supervision of the Commissioner of Corrections.

A person can access information about someone on parole or probation through the Minnesota Offender Search Tool.21 The search tool works by querying the parolee database using either their last name or an MNDOC offender ID number.

The following image displays the total number of probationers and parolees in Minnesota and compares it with other states across the United States. Additionally, it showcases the ethnicities of individuals on community supervision in Minnesota, including probation and parole.

An image of the United States map divided into different states with its total probationers and parolees population per 100,000 residents highlighting Minnesota with a red border and bar graph on the right side of the map presenting the number of probationers and parolees by ethnicity in MN.
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics

A sample of the probation search results is shown below, with those on probation shown as “under supervision.”

The search results exhibit details of 5 offenders in a table, including their complete names, dates of birth, MNDOC Offender IDs, and current status; the Minnesota Department of Corrections logo is visible at the top left corner.
Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections43

In Minnesota, the Community Supervision and Reentry supervises probation, while the Board of Pardons oversees paroles.22,23

What’s the Process for Expunging Criminal Records in the State of Minnesota?

Minnesota only offers the expungement and not the sealing of adult criminal records. The state encourages an individual who has a criminal record to begin the process of expungement only under the following conditions:

  • If the individual’s criminal case was dismissed or they were acquitted of their crime.
  • The individual was a juvenile convicted as an adult.
  • The individual was convicted of a petty misdemeanor but hasn’t committed any other crime in two years.
  • The individual was convicted of a gross misdemeanor but hasn’t committed any other crime in four years.
  • The individual served time for some non-violent crimes but hasn’t committed any other crime in five years.
A form from the Minnesota Judicial Branch website for findings of an act which includes mandatory fields such as county and district court. Additionally, the form requires the defendant's full name and details about the petitioner.
Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch46

In Minnesota, to apply for expungement, the person should follow these steps:24

  1. Visit the court and acquire the expungement packet of forms.25
  2. Fill out all the forms and obtain any other necessary documents.
  3. Visit the court clerk and file all the expungement forms and other required documents.
  4. Pay the filing fee where necessary.
  5. Deliver another set of expungement forms to the prosecuting attorney. This is because, under Minnesota Laws, the prosecutor and the victims have a right to object to the expungement petition.
  6. Wait 60 days for the prosecutor and the victims to file objections against the expungement petition.
  7. Go to the court hearing. A ruling against the expungement will allow an appeal within 60 days. If the court grants the petition, all Minnesota criminal records will be expunged by the all agencies who host them.
A screenshot from Minnesota Judicial Branch website showing the list of forms for expungement, organize by form number, name, district and a link for downloading on the left side.
Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch25

A qualifying individual can initiate the expungement process. However, seeking legal counsel can help ensure all forms are submitted correctly, and all stipulations are met.

How To Find Someone in a Minnesota State Penitentiary or Federal Prison

An inquirer who wants to find someone in the federal and state prisons has two places to search: the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Federal Prison Search

For someone sentenced by the federal court, the Federal Prison Inmate Locator on the BOP website provides an online directory.26 This directory serves as the felony registry for inmates held in federal prisons.

The individual has two search options on the inmate locator, ‘Find by Number’ and ‘Find By Name.’ To “Find by Number,” the inquirer must have the inmate’s BOP Register Number. The inquirer should enter this number and perform a search, as shown in the first image below.

A search tab that offers two options: "find by number" and "find by name", to search by number, must specify the type of number before inputting the inmate's number, includes the Federal Bureau of Prisons logo in the top left corner.
Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons26

To ‘Find by Name,’ the inquirer must search by entering the inmate’s first, middle, and last name, followed by the inmate’s race, age, and sex, as shown in the second image below.

A search tab that offers two options: "find by number" and "find by name" highlightened, to search by name, the necessary fields - first, middle, and last name of the inmate, along with their race, age, and sex - must be filled out, also includes the Federal Bureau of Prisons logo in the top left corner.
Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons26

MN State Prisoner Lookup

An inquirer wishing to find someone in a state prison in Minnesota can search the offender inmate locator search tool. This tool is provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC) website.

The offender inmate locator offers two search criteria: search by name and search by MNDOC number. The search results show the following about the offender:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • MNDOC number
  • Offender’s status (whether incarcerated or under supervision)

Further details include the offender’s mugshot, date of sentencing, and details of crimes committed.

A search tab that offers two available options: by name and MNDOC Offender's ID, to search by name, must filled out the first and last name of the inmate, also includes the Minnesota Department of Corrections logo in the top left corner.
Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections44

How To Execute a Minnesota Arrest Warrant Lookup

As with Minnesota arrest records, warrant information is available at the county level since MN doesn’t have a statewide warrant system. To look up active warrants throughout Minnesota, individuals can utilize the local county offices or the clerk’s office. The person can call the Sheriff’s office or look online on the count’s official website.

For instance, Ramsey County has an online warrant search feature.27 The inquirer can search using first and last names, as shown in the image below.

A screenshot from Ramsey County Sheriff's Office website showing an online warrant search tool with its required field such as first and last name in order to conduct a search, a Ramsey County Sheriff in Minnesota logo.
Source: Ramsey County27

In contrast, Hennepin County has a warrant office where the inquirer can call and find out if someone has a warrant.28 This information is shown in the image below.

A capture screenshot showing a warrant description at the top, along with the address and contact information of the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility displayed on the right side of the image.
Source: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office28

The following steps detail how to determine if an individual has a warrant out for their arrest:

  • For active federal warrants, the inquirer can use the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) case locator.29
  • Inquirers can also use legal representatives to determine if an active arrest warrant is issued. However, engaging a legal representative attracts a fee for their services.
  • The inquirer can also request an active warrants list from the Sheriff’s office. However, most sheriff departments may not divulge this information freely over the phone.
  • Alternatively, the inquirer can employ the services of a bail bondsman who may be able to provide information on issued active warrants.

An Overview of Minnesota Background Checks & How To Get One Done

Individuals can conduct background checks for personal benefits, such as on friends, acquaintances, and business associates.

Other background checks may be conducted by the following:

  • Employers on their employees
  • Firearms licensing agencies
  • Adoption agencies
  • Child protection services

There are two types of background checks: level 1 and level 2.30 Level 1 background checks are name-based, state-only background checks. These checks cover an applicant’s local or state criminal record and employment history.

Additionally, an agency can make a level 1 background check to check if the applicant’s name appears in the national sex offender registry. These checks may further include an applicant’s credit history check.

Level 2 criminal background checks involve fingerprints to check an applicant’s criminal history. It involves an applicant’s full FBI criminal background search. A level 2 background check can be conducted on individuals dealing with the elderly, children, and those in the healthcare sector.

In Minnesota, criminal records can only be accessed for 15 years after the sentence is completed. These records do not include private, confidential information, criminal history, or federal offenses.

The following details how an individual can conduct a background check in Minnesota.

  • The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is a public records repository that stores criminal records.31 The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension requires that individuals submit a notarized informed consent form after applying for a criminal history record in person or via mail.
  • The Minnesota Judicial Branch places limited access to all public court records.32 Cases with pending charges are not reflected on these online criminal records. Included in these records are cases in which no conviction has been made.
  • Individuals can also access detailed information on a particular case by accessing the records from the courthouse that handled the case. However, certain case files, such as those containing confidential, private, expunged, or sealed information that requires authorized access, may not be accessible.

How To Navigate the Minnesota Sex Offender Registry

Minnesota is not included in the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) because it does not provide geographic coordinates for addresses to NSOPW.33Only states with this information can be searched on the NSOPW registry.

The Minnesota sex offender classification ranges from first to fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.34 In the first and third-degree categories, sexual conduct generally involves penetration, while second, fourth, and fifth-degree classifications involve sexual conduct without penetration.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections website provides a statewide sexual offender registry search tool with four search criteria: city, county, name, and zip code.35

A persona can follow the steps outlined below to conduct a registered sex offender search:

  • The inquirer can begin to search for registered sex offenders by city, county, name, or zip code. The search results should display the sex offender’s full name with the date the offender changed their living address.
  • Next, click the “Go” action button to get the full information about the sex offender. This information shows the sex offender’s full name, date of birth, ethnicity, hair and eye color, height, weight, build, and skin tone. Also shown are the release date, offense information, address county, registered address, law enforcement agency’s phone number, and the sex offender’s known aliases.
Information regarding a detained individual, including his full name and mugshots(blurred), physical characteristics, the MNDOC offender ID, supervising agent, release date and offense details, and the county's address and law enforcement agency.
Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections45

Minnesota Laws on Criminal Records, Arrest Records & Discrimination

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) grants anyone access to a wide variety of public records, including Minnesota arrest records, criminal records, arrest warrant information, and sex offender registries.

The MGDPA mirrors stipulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); however, other laws regulate the extent to which information can be retrieved on these otherwise public records.41

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers protection against employment discrimination based on sex, color, race, and disability.36 The EEOC also protects released offenders from being discriminated against due to their criminal history.

Under EEOC, employers cannot access a potential employee’s criminal history unless they have been shortlisted or offered a potential contract. This ensures that those with a criminal history have an equal chance to be evaluated based on their skills and qualification, not their criminal past, which may be secondary to the role.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that stipulates how consumer’s credit information is collected and accessed.37 The FCRA regulates privacy, accuracy, and fairness regarding credit reporting. The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforce FCRA.38,39 The FCRA describes the type of data credit bureaus can collect while limiting who can access the data and under which circumstances it is permissible.

FCRA provides several limitations under which credit reports can be accessed to protect an individual’s privacy as the data is private and not public information. Part of the limitations include criminal records for employment purposes.

According to FCRA, if an individual has non-conviction crimes such as arrests, they are not to be reported after seven years. When hiring or reviewing client credit records, the requester cannot request back-dated records beyond seven years.

Section 13C.02 of the Minnesota Statutes provides guidance on how consumer reports can be used in case of employment opportunities in Minnesota.40 The statute requires that employers receive written consent from the job applicant or employee before obtaining a consumer report.

Lastly, a person does not require consent to conduct Minnesota criminal records checks for personal benefit. However, consent is required for background checks for professional purposes like employment, licensing, and housing. Applicants wishing to access Minnesota arrest records must also abide by all local and federal laws.


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