Safe at Home is a new project of the Secretary of State’s Office that provides survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking a way to keep their address confidential. Safe at Home can be a valuable tool in helping keep your client safe from violence.

What Is It?

Safe At Home provides participants a P.O. box number to use as a substitute address.  Mail sent to the Safe At Home address is collected and forwarded to participants on a regular basis.

In the event that personal service of any document is required by law, that document may be served by delivering the document to any public counter of the Office of the Secretary of State. As the secretary of state is the agent for service of process, an affidavit of service on the secretary of state constitutes proof of service on the program participant and commences the time in which responsive pleadings must be filed.

Safe at Home is for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and others who fear for their safety.  A participant does not have to have received an order for protection or have been the victim of a prosecuted crime.

Statutory authority for the Safe at Home project is found in Minn. Stat § 5B.

How to Apply:  

People can apply through the program only through a trained advocate.  For more information or to find where to apply for the project call (651) 201-1399 or visit

Tip Submitted By:
Thomas Walsh
Family Law Resource Attorney
Volunteer Lawyers Network