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You can obtain burning permits by contacting us at 507-437-7718.
Passport application - completely filled out in black ink but not signed.
Passport photo is $15 in the Mower County Recorder’s office
Certified birth certificate and a copy of the front and back (not the hospital certificate) or previous U.S. Passport (for an adult only) or naturalization certificate.
Bring along most current previous passport for adults and children.
Valid driver’s license (front and back copy of it also) or another form of current picture identification.
Requisite fees - a check or money order is required for each passport application (these are the fees as of January 3, 2017 subject to change):
Regular Passport Book
Age 16 and over
Age 15 and younger
These fees are charged by the U.S. Department of State and payment must be in the form of a check or money order - no exceptions.
A standard processing fee is $35 per application. This payment can be in the form of a money order, credit card, cash, or check (written to Mower County).
For expedited service, the charge is an additional $60 made out to the U.S. Department of State.
All passport applicants, regardless of age, must be present to apply.
Passport photos can be obtained from the Mower County Recorder’s office for $15 which includes sales tax. The photos can be taken anytime Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:15 pm.
Passports for children 15 and under must have any parent listed on the birth certificate present to sign the application along with proper identification for those present.
Passports for children 16 to 17 need one parent present to sign the application along with proper identification.
Yes. Mower County has been doing remote collections out in the county during the summer months (two per summer). We have been rotating the sites for the last couple of years to try and target areas that are further away from our central facility. Watch for newspaper ads, radio announcements, or contact us for further information. These remote collections usually have been a one-day collection for approximately 3 hours.
Come to the Recycling Center during regular business hours and there you will receive three bins, be given a brief overview of the program and be on your way within ten minutes. Recycling fees are included in the taxes paid by Mower County residents. As long as you are a resident of Mower County there is no additional cost to you. Please be prepared to show proof of residency if requested. Bins may also be picked up at the Public Works building next door (open 7a-4p).
Mower County’s recycling schedule is not affected by Monday holidays as pick-up days are only Tuesday through Friday. Legal holidays affected (see schedule) will not be picked up on their normal days but will slide to the next business day. See the schedule for complete details.
Small City Schedule
We have to do something with the garbage we produce. In 1990 american's produced on average over half a ton of garbage per person every year - about 3.5 pounds per day.
You must be awarded a judgment through Conciliation Court, then obtain a Writ of Execution. This can be done by contacting the Court Administrator's Office at 507-509-7013. Once you obtain the Writ of Execution and an Execution Instruction Sheet, you can bring them to the Sheriff's Office with the appropriate fees to have us levy on wages, bank accounts, or personal property.
You must first file a Complaint in Unlawful Detainer with the Court Administrator's Office 507-509-7013. A court hearing is then scheduled, and the Court Administrator's Office provides the Civil Process Division with copies of this paperwork to serve on the tenant. Both parties go to court, and the judge will decide if the tenant is to be evicted.
Effective October 1, 2009, the Mower County Sheriff's Department Fee Schedule is as follows:
For services not listed, the cost will be the same as a comparable service.
Please note: advanced payment of service fees is required! Fees are subject to change without notice.
You must complete an application. Use the Birth Certificate Application English (PDF) or Birth Certificate Application Spanish (PDF) form to order a certificate. You must sign and date the application in front of a notary public if applying by mail or in front of county staff if applying in person.
You will receive a “Statement of No Birth Record Found” if you request a certificate and the state or county vital records office cannot identify or find a record using the information you provide.
Payment is required to get a birth certificate and most other vital records documents.
The fees are the same at all county vital records offices statewide. See Mower County payment options above. The State Office of Vital Records accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check or money order.
All certificates are mailed using First Class Mail. If you would like your certificate returned by priority or overnight mail please provide the appropriate self-addressed stamped envelope. Contact the county for more information at 507-437-9535. We are not responsible for deliveries that do not require signatures.
If you want a copy of a record for a birth that occurred in another state, see the National Center for Health Statistics website for contact information.
If you need a birth certificate quickly, make your request in person or by mail to one of the 108 county vital records offices in Minnesota.
If you order a certificate from the Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health, please allow approximately two to three weeks for the office to process your request. Requests for changes or other services in addition to a certificate may take longer. The State Office of Vital Records offers rush processing for an additional fee, and rush shipping for an additional fee.
If you mailed your request to a county vital records office, check with that office to find out when your request will be processed.
For in person service, visit any Minnesota county vital records office. Pre-1935 records are available only in the county of birth. In person service is available only at county vital records offices; the State Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service.
For service by Mail, use the Birth Certificate Application (PDF) form to order a certificate. You must sign and date the application in front of a notary public if applying by mail. You can mail your application to:Mower County Auditor/Treasurer201 1st Street NE, Suite 7Austin, MN 55912
If ordering for multiple persons please complete an application for each person.
Death certificates are available from all county vital records offices and the state. Walk-in service is available at county local issuance offices only. Service through the mail is available from state and county offices. The Minnesota Office of Vital Records does not have walk-in service.For in person service: Visit any Minnesota county vital records office for records 1997-present. Pre-1997 records are available only in the county of death or through the Minnesota Office of Vital Records. Pre-1908 records are available only in the county of death. Apply by mail to the MN Office of Vital Records for records 1908 to present. The Death Certificate Application (PDF) must be signed and dated in front of a notary public if applying by mail. You can mail your application to:Mower County Auditor/Treasurer201 1st Street NE, Suite 7Austin, MN 55912
If you need a death certificate quickly, make your request in person or by mail to one of the 108 county vital records offices in Minnesota.It takes the Minnesota Department of Health two to three weeks to process a request for a death certificate. Rush processing and rush shipping via United Parcel Service (UPS) are available through the State Office of Vital Records for additional fees.
Regardless of where you go to get a Minnesota certificate, you must complete an application. Use the Death Certificate Application (PDF) to order a certificate.
You will receive a “Statement of No Death Record Found” if you request a certificate and the state or county vital records office cannot identify or find a record using the information you provide.
Payment is required to get a death certificate and most other vital records documents.
The fees are the same at all county vital records offices statewide. The State Office of Vital Records accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover), check or money order.
If you order a death certificate from the Office of Vital Records at the Minnesota Department of Health, please allow approximately four to six weeks for the office to process your request.
If you still have questions about how to apply for a death certificate, email the Minnesota Office of Vital Records at or call 651-201-5970.
If you have questions about Minnesota birth/death certificates, email the Office of Vital Records or call 651-201-5970. You may also contact the Mower County Auditor-Treasure Office at 507-437-9535.