Examiner of Titles
Owners of real estate and their agents interact with this office.
Minnesota has two land record systems – abstract and torrens. Owners may convert property from abstract to torrens through land registration. A torrens “certificate of title” is conclusive proof of ownership, with some exceptions.
The examiner of titles:
- oversees land registration
- provides instructions and forms for the public
- issues directives and approves documents for filing
- oversees court proceedings post-registration (proceeding subsequent)
- provides legal advice to the recording office
- holds court hearings
No fees are charged for examiner services. Fees to file a court action or record documents apply.
For the separate process of recording documents, visit real estate recording information. Once land is registered, it is important to record documents on the certificate of title, not in the abstract records. To get a certificate of title number or find out if land is torrens, contact the registrar at 612-348-5139.
If you've submitted documents for examiner's approval, you can check the status of your documents.