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Minnesota Recording Document Standards
All Documents Dated
August 1, 1997 or After

Minnesota Statutes 507.093 sets standards for documents to be recorded with the County Recorder or Registrar of Titles (other than by electronic means) as follows:

  1. The document shall consist of one or more individual sheets measuring no larger than 8.5 inches by 14 inches.
  2. The form of the document shall be printed, typewritten, or computer generated in black ink and the form (font) of the document shall not be smaller than 8-point type.
  3. The document shall be on white paper of not less than 20-pound weight with no background color, images, or writing and shall have a clear border of approximately one-half inch on the top, bottom, and each side.
  4. The first page of the document shall contain a blank space at the top measuring three inches, as measured from the top of the page.  The right half to be used by the County Recorder for recording information or Registrar of Titles for recording information and the left half to be used by the County Auditor/Treasurer for certification.
  5. The title of the document shall be prominently displayed at the top of the first page below the blank space referred to in clause #4.
  6. No additional sheet shall be attached or affixed to a page that covers up any information or printed part of the form.
  7. A document presented for recording must be sufficiently legible to reproduce a readable copy using the County Recorder’s or Registrar of Title’s current method of reproduction.  The standards in this paragraph do not apply to a document that is recorded as part of a pilot project for the electronic filing of real estate documents implemented by the task force created in Laws 2000, Chapter 391.

The maximum time allowed for completion of the recording process for documents presented in recordable form is ten business days. MS 357.182

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