The Lake of the Woods County Recorder is an elected position and serves a four-year term. The County Recorder is a statutory officer of the county. The duties of the
office are found in MN Statute Chapter 386.
Responsibilities of the County Recorder include, but are not limited to:
- Review and accept for recording all documents transferring, assigning, mortgaging,
leasing, and conveying ownership to all real property in the county based on statutory
- Analyze land descriptions contained in all documents for completeness, accuracy
and closure and utilize resources for verification of existing and proposed land
- Populate and maintain indexing system database which automates the numerical, grantor,
grantee and tract indexing functions, along with archiving the image of the document;
- Attest to all preserved legal documents as being correct and factual for purposes
of providing certified copies of same to those requesting it.
- Review for completeness proposed plats of new subdivisions;
- Accept certificates of surveys for filing.
Minnesota operates under the "Race to the Recorder" notice law, which means that
the person who gets their document filed first establishes their interest first.
For this reason, the Recorder's Office files documents by the minute; in the order
they are presented.
filed in the Office of the County Recorder include real estate deeds, mortgages,
military service discharges, federal and state tax liens,
to name a few.
In all, over 200 different types of documents have been recorded in this
Access to the Lake of the Woods County Recorder’s office database and document images
can be found at www.idocmarket.com. This
website allows the searcher access to our records on a daily or monthly subscription
basis. Terms and conditions of use can be found on this website.
The Lake of the Woods County Recorder also acts as the Local Registrar for the Minnesota
Department of Health State Registrar of Vital Statistics. These duties include,
but are not limited to:
- Preparing certified and non-certified copies of birth and death certificates;
- Accept applications for marriage licenses in accordance with statutory requirements
and prepare license of such;
- Maintain a complete index of all marriage certificates and prepare certified copies
- Accept for filing Notary Public commissions issued by the state and maintain a complete
index of said commissions.
The Lake of the Woods County Recorder is also a Passport Acceptance Agent for the
U.S. Department of State. Acting in that capacity, the Recorder accepts passport
applications and assists customers with other application forms on behalf of Passport
Services. Passport applications are accepted daily between the hours of 8:30 am
and 3:30 pm. Please contact the office to schedule an appointment. More information
on the entire passport process and requirements can be found at
The County Recorder and Deputy Recorder also perform the functions of a Notary Public
according to statute 358.15. Proof of identity is required. We prefer not to perform
the notary function for documents that need to be recorded in this office. There
is no charge for this service.
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