The County Recorder's Office is a local Registrar of the Vital Records for the Minnesota Department of Heath. Records include births, deaths, and marriages for Wadena County. Birth certificates from 1935 to the present and death certificates from 1997 to the present can be obtained at any Recorder's Office in Minnesota. Any person interested in genealogy may come into the office and research family history. All records in the office date back to 1875.
Additional copies of Certified Birth Certificates, if purchased at the same time
Certified Death Certificate
Additional copies of Certified Death Certificates, if purchased at the same time
Marriage licenses are available at the Recorder's Office. Both applicants must complete an application, provide social security numbers and have a valid picture ID when applying. There is a 5-day waiting period after applying for a marriage license. The license is valid for 6 months.
Marriage License Fees
Type of Marriage License
Regular Marriage License
Reduced Fee Marriage License
*Educator's Statement of pre-marital classes submitted in format required by MN Statutes 517.08, subdivision lb (b).
Copies of Marriage Certificates are available from the county that issued the marriage license. To obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate, please complete the Marriage Record Application (PDF) and submit the form either in person or by mail to the Recorder's Office:
Wadena County Courthouse
415 S Jefferson Street
Wadena, MN 56482