In order to facilitate requests for vital records, the St. Louis County Recorder's Office has established a drive-up option outside of the building. The service is available for people with an immediate need for a vital record - including marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, and real estate records.

To take advantage of the service, you need to make an appointment; available times are Monday through Friday, between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM - a relatively short but workable window of time.

The County is still encouraging virtual contact and requests.  Mary Garness, Director of Public Records and Property Valuation says:

We still encourage people to work with us by phone, email or online. That is our preference, for everyone's health and safety.  But we also know there are instances when people need a record right away and can't wait for mail service. So we're happy to serve them in this way.

To set up a drive-up appointment, people should first contact the Recorder's Office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12 Noon to confirm they have completed the necessary paperwork for the record they need. For birth, death and marriage records, call 218-726-2559.  For real estate records, call 218-726-2677.  All forms needed to request a public record can be found online at

The drive up location will be off the 2nd Street side of the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth.

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