Real estate document copies and research

The public can view all documents recorded and filed with the county on site. Copies of documents can be made for a fee as detailed in Document copy fees. Available documents include mortgages, deeds, assignments, releases and satisfactions and many other real estate types going back to the 1850's, when the county was established.

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Request document copies

Request document copies in one of the following ways:

  • Email us at
  • In person the Real Estate Service counter on the skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center. View map
  • By mail, to:
    County Recorder/Registrar of Titles
    Attn: Document copies and research
    A-500 Government Center
    300 South Sixth Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0055

Document copy fees

Payment options

We accept checks made out to Hennepin County Recorder or cash. Credit cards are not accepted.


Extra copies submitted at time of filing

  • $2.00 each

Certified copies

  • $10.00 per document
  • $15.00 per plat

Non-certified copies

  • $1.00 per page
  • $2.00 per tract page
  • $10.00 per plat

Torrens Condition of Title

  • $50.00

Fax convenience fee

  • $5.00 per document

More information

Fees detailed in Minnesota Statues 357.18.

Research center information

How to use our on-site self-service search

Use the computers in our office to search our system using any single or combination of the following fields:

  • Owner name
  • Legal description
  • Date recorded
  • Grantor/grantee
  • Document or certificate number
  • Additional search fields are available

How documents are available

  • Torrens documents are available digitally at the Real Estate Service counter on skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center. View map
  • Abstract documents from 1887 to the present are available digitally at the Real Estate Service counter on skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center. View map
  • Documents not available digitally are available on microfilm or microfiche on the 5th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center. View map

  • Commercial customers may subscribe to our RecordEASE web service to conduct research online.

Additional information

  • Use our property information search to find out whether a property is torrens or abstract along with additional property and tax information.

Frequently asked questions and additional information

Can I have a document notarized for me at the Government Center?

Yes, notary service is available during regular business hours at the Government Center Service Center located on the A-Level.

My lender just sent me a document stating my mortgage has been satisfied (paid off) and told me I should record it, what should I do?

The document should be recorded in our office. Please see the Recording fees section to determine cost. Once the document is recorded, the original will be returned to you.

I owned property with someone as a joint tenant who has died. How do I remove that person from being an owner?

You must record an Affidavit of Survivorship with a certified copy of the decedent's death certificate to have the records updated.

Can I view recorded documents such as deeds, mortgages, and liens online?

RecordEASE, a commercial service, is available for online access. Please visit our web page for more information.

What does "Torrens" mean?

Torrens describes land which has been registered by order of either District Court or the Examiner of Titles.

What is a Certificate of Title?

This certificate is issued when land is registered. It contains the name of the owner, a description of the land and all encumbrances, liens and interests in which the estate of the owner is subject.

How do I get a copy of a Torrens Certificate of Title?

If you are the owner of the property you may obtain a copy for free by calling 612-348-5139. If you are not the owner of the property, a Torrens Certificate is available for a fee. Please see the Document copy fees section of this page to determine cost.

Can I obtain a copy of a DD214 military separation?

If the military release is yours and it was recorded in Hennepin County after your discharge, you may obtain a copy. Federal regulations and data privacy rules require that military separations be available only to the veteran or those with a tangible interest (spouse, family member, etc.).

Additional information

  • Employees can ONLY review a document to make sure it contains the required elements in order to be recordable per Minnesota Statute.
  • Use our self-service research center to view public documents.
  • A deed for which there was more than $1000 of consideration must be accompanied by a electronic certificate of real estate value.
  • If there is a well on the premises, the deed must be accompanied by a well disclosure certificate (PDF) unless the face of the deed contains a statement to the effect that the number and status of the well(s) have not changed since the last recorded well disclosure certificate.
  • Employees of the Registrar of Titles/County Recorder cannot supply legal forms, help a submitter fill out documents, or provide legal advice. Consult your legal adviser.
  • Download legal forms, known as uniform conveyancing blanks.
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