Legal Information: Minnesota

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
August 15, 2016

Do I need anything special to get my OFP enforced in another state?

In some states, you will need a certified copy of your OFP. A certified copy says that it is a "true and correct" copy; it is signed and initialed by the clerk of court that gave you the order, and usually has some kind of court stamp on it. In Minnesota, a certified order has a stamp and a seal on it.

The copy you originally received was probably not a certified copy. If your copy is not a certified copy, go to the Domestic Abuse Office of the court that gave you the order and ask for a certified copy. If your court does not have a Domestic Abuse Office, go to the court clerk and ask how to get a certified copy. There is no fee to get a certified copy of a MN OFP.

Note: It is a good idea to keep a copy of the order with you at all times. You will also want to bring several copies of the order with you when you move. Leave copies of the order at your work place, at your home, at the children's school or daycare, in your car, with a sympathetic neighbor, and so on. Give a copy to the security guard or person at the front desk where you live and/or work. Give a copy of the order to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.