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Restraining Orders

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August 6, 2020

What if I don't register my protection order? Will it be more difficult to have it enforced?

Maybe. Neither federal law nor state law requires that you register your protection order in order to get it enforced.  However, if your order is not registered, then it will not be entered into the state registry, which might delay enforcement.

If you are unsure about whether registering your order is the right decision for you, you may want to contact a local domestic violence organization in your area. An advocate there can help you decide what the safest plan of action is for you in Minnesota. To find a shelter or an advocate at a local program, please visit the MN Advocates and Shelters page under the Places that Help tab at the top of this page.