Torrens Title

Torrens Title Definition

Torrens is a system for registration of land under which, upon the landowner's application, the Court may, after appropriate proceedings, direct the issuance of a certificate of title. The Certificate of Title is kept in the office of the Registrar of Titles. With the "abstract system" an abstract is evidence of title. In the "Torrens system" the certificate of title is the title.

In Minnesota the County Recorder is the Registrar of Titles. The Registrar is an arm of the District Court and under its control. The Registrar must examine documents presented and determine that they meet the legal requirements to transfer the property and issue Certificates of Title which are proof of ownership for the purchaser.

Contact the Recorder's Office at 763-765-4420 if you'd like to view or receive a copy of a recorded document.

Examiner of Titles

The Registrar also works closely with the Examiner of Titles . The Examiner is appointed by the court and is an advisor to the Registrar of Titles. In Sherburne County the Examiner of Titles is David Meyers.

Chapter 508 of Minnesota Statutes provides that certain instruments may not be accepted for filing by the Registrar unless certified by the Examiner (or Deputy Examiner) or pursuant to a Court Order.

There are situations where a Directive or Certification by the Examiner may be used instead of a Court Order

Torrens Recording Fees

  • $10 for certified copies - flat fee
  • $20 for multiple certificate entries thereafter
  • $30 Return Check Charge
  • $40 residue certificate
  • $46 entry of memorial
  • $46 for a document transferring a certificate
  • $50 well certificate
  • $56 for Plat / Registered Land Survey
  • Exchange certificates $20 for each certificate canceled and $20 for each new certificate issued

See Registrar's Fees - Minnesota Statutes Section 508.82.