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Research and get land title records

We record and maintain legal property documents, such as mortgages, deeds, assignments, liens, releases, satisfactions and many others.

You can consult a professional or someone familiar with researching and interpreting real property records for more extensive searches, abstracting, title examination, legal and information needs.

COVID-19 response

Learn about requirements when visiting a county building.

Property information search

Find tax, assessment, sales and other information on Hennepin County properties using the Property information search tool.

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RecordEASE Pro

Fee per item subscription service. Subscription includes the ability to download and view documents, certificates of title and plats.

Get access

  1. Complete the online subscription agreement.
  2. We will contact you with your user ID and password once we process the completed subscription agreement. Please allow 1-2 business days for processing new subscriber request.

Fees

Fees are charged per item. There is no monthly subscription or search fees.

  • View recorded documents: $2.50 per document
  • View certificates of title (Torrens): $2.50 per certificate
  • View recorded plat: $2.50 per plat

Payment

Invoices are emailed monthly to subscribers. Checks made out to Hennepin County Treasurer. Credit cards are not accepted.

RecordEASE Public Search

Limited free access to online search indexes.

Get access

1. Email ts.recordease.support@hennepin.us
2. We will contact you with user ID and password

System requirement recommendations

  • Web browser: Chrome or latest version of Microsoft Edge
  • Disable pop-up blocker
  • Set browser to automatically check for new versions of stored pages

Multiple parcel data downloads, screen scraping programs or other computer extraction techniques are strictly prohibited. We reserve the right to deny access to any individual or party determined to be misusing the site.

Contact information

For help with online access, email ts.recordease.support@hennepin.us.

Public computers are available for self-service searches of property records. Real property records are best searched by:

  • Legal description
  • Individual or entity name

Find the legal description associated with your PID or address on our property information search.

Location

  • 701 – 4th Avenue South, Suite 201, Minneapolis, 55415
  • The self-service kiosks are located on the skyway level in suite 201

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Hours

The research center is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding county holidays.

Requirements when visiting

Requirements when visiting county buildings

Please state the information needed for the request.  Include document or certificate number and type (mortgage, deed, etc.).

Fees

Document or certificate of title

  • Non-certified – $1 per page
  • Certified – $10

Plats

  • Non-certified – $10
  • Certified – $15

Payment type

Make check payable to Hennepin County Recorder. Credit cards are not accepted

Request copies

Please specify if you want non-certified copies provided electronically by email.

Mail request and check to:
County Recorder/Registrar of Titles
Attn: Document copies and research
A-500 Government Center
300 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0055

Deed and certificate of title copies for property owners

Property owners may get a free electronic copy of their deed or Certificate of Title by emailing recordsrequest@hennepin.us.

View limited recording information from the last five years online.

  1. Find your property on the property information search.
  2. Click “Recent recording history” in the search results section.

Records may not be complete based on our current recording status and subject to variances in real property and tax legal descriptions.

For access to additional recording information, check out our online access options.

Restrictive covenants are restrictions on the use of land detailed in the body of recorded legal documents. In the past (primarily between 1910 and 1960) these were sometimes used to restrict the sale, lease, or transfer of property to specific groups based on race, religion, ethnicity, sex, disability and other groups.

These restrictive covenants against protected classes are illegal and no longer enforceable after various court rulings and legislation, beginning in 1948. Statute now allows for property owners to file a discharge disavowing past inclusion of discriminatory covenants in their property’s history (Minnesota Statute 507.18, subd. 5).

The County Board passed a resolution disavowing the use of restrictive covenants for this purpose. Read the resolution.

How to check for restrictive covenants

  • Mapping Prejudice — This is not a definitive list of properties, but it is the most comprehensive.
  • Recent recording history search — Per the County Board resolution, notice has been provided in the Abstract tract against all (both Abstract and Torrens) land potentially containing restrictive covenants in a property’s history based on Mapping Prejudice research.
  • Just Deeds — Property owners or the public can get free legal and title services, including finding and disavowing restrictive covenants.
  • Consult a licensed abstract professional or a title company who is familiar with researching real property records.

What to do if you find these restrictive covenants

Because restrictive covenants affecting protected classes are no longer enforceable, you can choose to do nothing, or you can act based on whether your property’s land type is abstract or Torrens.

  • Torrens – most of these restrictive covenants have already been removed or will automatically be removed upon the next transfer of title. For information on how to remove one, see how to request an examiner's directive.
  • Abstract – you can disavow it by contacting Just Deeds or take the following steps.

1. Obtain the following information from the document containing the restrictive covenant affecting protected classes:

  • Document number
  • Date of recording
  • Names of owners
  • Legal description

2. Complete the Discharge of Restrictive Covenant Affecting Protected Classes form.

3. Have the form notarized.

4. Record the document with Hennepin County (See Conventional and eRecording information section). There is no fee for this type of recording.

Can I obtain a copy of a DD214 military separation?

Yes - If you recorded it in Hennepin County.

If the separation was recorded in a different Minnesota county or if there is uncertainty if/where it was recorded, contact the Veterans service office.

Federal data governance regulations require that military separations be available only to the veteran or those with a tangible interest (spouse, family member, etc.). There is no cost to obtain certified copies of this document for those with proof of tangible interest.

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