Document Recording & Research

Documents relating to real property can be recorded and retrieved in the Land Services Office. Commonly recorded documents include:

  • Contracts for deeds
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Satisfactions of mortgages

Email Jackie Struffert to request a copy of any of the documents associated with your property. Documents will be emailed at no charge.

Certificate of Real Estate Value (CRV)

Buyers of real property must file a CRV in the county where the property is located, if the sale price or other consideration is more than $500. You do not have to file a CRV if the price is $500 or less (Minnesota Statute 287.21 Subdivision 16). CRVs must be filed electronically via the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

If you do not have Internet access, a public terminal is available at the Historic Courthouse for your use.

Abstracts

An abstract is a history of all of the transactions that have occurred that affect a particular parcel of land; it typically starts with the original Land Patent that would have been issued in the mid-1850s. 

If you desire to have an Abstract of your property, please contact a local title company to assist you. The Land Services Office does not prepare Abstracts.

Torrens or Registered Property

If you are filing documents for Torrens or Registered property, your documents may need review and approval by the Torrens Examiner based on statutory requirements.

To determine if your transaction requires review, please contact David J Meyers of Rinke Noonan, the appointed Torrens Examiner for Mille Lacs County.

Land Shark

For abstractors, title examiners, or similar professionals, the county offers online document access through Land Shark. The fees for accessing Land Shark are:

Item
Cost
Annual Registration$50
0 to 100 Images$25 per month
101 to 300 Images$50 per month
Unlimited Images$100 per month


To register for Land Shark, please download and complete the User Agreement (PDF).

Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

UCC documents must be filed online with the Minnesota Secretary of State. Searches for UCCs can be conducted online.