Dakota County Coroner & Medical Examiner

Find Dakota County Minnesota coroners, medical examiners, morgues, city, county, and state examiners. Coroners and medical examiners provide information on death reports, medical autopsies, forensic pathology, and toxicology records.


Carver County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1175 Nininger Road Hastings MN 55033 651-480-4253


Chisago County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1175 Nininger Road Hastings MN 55033 651-480-4253

Dakota County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1175 Nininger Road Hastings MN 55033 651-480-4253

Fillmore County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1175 Nininger Road Hastings MN 55033 651-480-4253

Freeborn County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1175 Nininger Road Hastings MN 55033 651-480-4253

Goodhue County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1175 Nininger Road Hastings MN 55033 651-480-4253

Houston County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1175 Nininger Road Hastings MN 55033 651-480-4253

Rice County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1131 Woodland Trail Northfield MN 55057

Scott County Medical Examiner & Coroner 1175 Nininger Road Hastings MN 55033 651-480-4253

About Dakota County Coroners & Medical Examiners

Dakota County Coroners and Medical Examiners are responsible for determining a deceased person's cause, time, and manner of death, typically when the death was sudden, unexpected, or no attending physician was present in Dakota County, MN. Coroners and Medical Examiners also determine the cause of death in cases of suspicious or violent death along with Dakota County Police and Sheriff's Offices. The determinations made by Dakota County Coroners and Medical Examiners may be used to aid in criminal investigations, settle estates, resolve insurance claims, or identify threats to public health in Dakota County.

Interested Parties may contact Coroners & Medical Examiners for questions about:
  • Finding Dakota County death records
  • Searching for death certificates online
  • Requesting copies of Dakota County death certificates
  • Forensic pathology and investigations
  • Dakota County Coroner and Medical Examiner System
Dakota County Death Records

The Office of the Dakota County Coroner and Medical Examiner may provide death certificates and other death records for deaths which occurred in Dakota County, Minnesota. If these records are not sealed or under investigation by local Law Enforcement, they may be made available upon public request.

Forensic Investigations

The Dakota County Coroner and Medical Examiner Offices investigate deaths that are suspicious, unusual, or unnatural, by suicide, or suspected overdose of drugs or alcohol.

Death Certificates in Dakota County, MN

Coroners and Medical Examiners are organized at the Dakota County, regional, and Minnesota State level. Depending on the jurisdiction, the Dakota County Coroner or Medical Examiner may also be responsible for identifying the body, notifying the next of kin, collecting and returning personal belongings on the body to family, and signing the Dakota County death certificate.

Dakota County Coroners

Though the terms are used interchangeably, there is a considerable difference between Coroners and Medical Examiners in Dakota County. Most notably, Coroners are not usually required to have any medical training. Often, the Dakota County Coroner is an elected position with no special requirements other than reaching legal age and not having been convicted of any felonies. As a result, some of the Dakota County Coroner's medical duties, such as performing autopsies, may be delegated to medical professionals within the Coroner's office or outsourced to other entities.

Medical Examiners in Dakota County

The Dakota County Medical Examiner may be required to be a medical doctor or pathologist, often with a specialty in forensic pathology. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is usually an appointed position and they are qualified to perform autopsies and other medical aspects of the position, and may also testify in court when called upon by the Dakota County Court and Law Enforcement.