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Chisago County, Minnesota

Recorder Offices

Chisago County Recorder

313 North Main St, Rm 277, Center City, Minnesota 55012

8:00am to 4:30pm M-F

Phone: (651) 213-8580

Register of Deeds

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Minnesota - Chisago County Recorder Information

The Recorder is responsible for maintaining real property records in Chisago County and handles both Abstract and Torrens land documents.

Recording Fees

Recording a document in the Abstract Department is $46.

Recording a Torrens Document is $46 for an Original Certificate of Title or for a document transferring a certificate.

A Well Disclosure is $50.

Deed tax is calculated on the purchase price of the property, less any assumed mortgages and special assessments and taxes included in the purchase price. The rate of tax is $1.65 for each $500 of purchase price.
Deed tax = Sale amount x .0033

Document Formatting Requirements

* A document shall consist of one or more individual sheets measuring no larger than 8.5 x 14 inches.

* The form should be printed, typewritten, or computer-generated in black ink in a font size of at least 8 point.

* A document presented for recording should be sufficiently legible to reproduce a readable copy using the County Recorder's current method of reproduction.

* The document should be on 20# white paper and, except for the first page, should have .5 inch margins on the top, bottom, and each side. No additional sheet can be attached or affixed to a page that covers up any information or printed part of the form.

* The first page should contain a blank top margin measuring 3 inches and .5 inch margins for each side and bottom. An administrative page may be attached to the document in order to meet this requirement. The administrative page should contain the document title, document date, and if applicable, the grantor and grantee. It will be deemed part of the document when recorded.

* The right half of the blank space is reserved for recording information and the left half is reserved for tax certification.

* The title of the document should be prominently displayed at the top of the first page immediately after the 3-inch top margin.

* Documents need to show a date of execution.

* The grantor and grantee connected with the property should be named in the document.

* Provide a complete legal description for the real property.

* The document needs to have a proper acknowledgment (notary seal/stamp, signatures, and marital status, when applicable).

* Include the name and address of the person who drafted the instrument.

* Provide reference document numbers when applicable.

A document should conform to the standards but should not be rejected unless it is not legible or cannot be archived.


The buyer of real property must file a Certificate of Real Estate Value with the county auditor where the property is located if the sale price (or other consideration) is greater than $1,000. This is needed for a warranty deed, contract for deed, quit claim deed, trustee deed, executor deed, or a probate deed.

For considerations of $1,000 or less, the certificate is not needed. However, the following must appear on the back of the deed submitted to the recorder: "The sale price or other consideration given for this property was $1,000 or less."

THE NEW eCRV: As of October 2014, transfer deeds require submission of an electronic Certificate of Real Estate Value (CRV).
* Submitters fill in the online eCRV form and receive an eCRV ID number.
* They must reference this eCRV ID number when presenting the deed to the county.
* Counties view eCRV data online, verify, and add additional information. They may also download or upload data as needed.
* Paper copies are no longer accepted.


When recording a deed or other instrument of conveyance requiring a Certificate of Real Estate Value, a completed Well Disclosure Certificate must be filed with the county recorder.

If a Well Disclosure Certificate has already been filed on the property and the number or status of wells has changed, a new certificate must be filed.

If the number and status of wells has not changed since the last filing, a statement must be placed on the deed that reads "I am familiar with the property described in this instrument and I certify that the status and number of wells on the described real property have not changed since the last previously filed well disclosure certificate." This statement must be certified by the buyer or seller. A new Well Disclosure Certificate is not required.

If there are no wells on the property, a Well Disclosure Certificate is not required. However, the seller must certify this with a statement on the deed. This statement should read substantially as follows: "The seller certifies that the seller does not know of any wells on the described real property."

To view existing well filings, or to access the Well Disclosure Certificate, go to the Chisago County Recorder's webpage. Real Estate Deeds

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