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How to record a MN Contract for deed-Owner Financing

Ramsey County Recorders Office
Located in Saint Paul,MN 55164

The Ramsey County Recorder and Registrar of Titles Office maintains official real estate documents and provides retrieval and reproduction of these records for the public and businesses.

Ramsey County does not provide assistance in the completion of legal forms, nor does the county assume any liability for persons who attempt to complete legal documentation on their own. Once you record a document it is permanent and can’t be removed or altered.

Send all documents and correct fees to:

Ramsey County Recorder’s Office
PO Box 64099
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0099

If you are using a delivery service, please direct them to our physical address:

Ramsey County Recorder’s Office
90 Plato Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN 55107

In person
Drop off the documents at the Ramsey County Recorder’s Office at the physical address listed above. Our service center is located on the first floor.

Document standards and requirements HideDocument standards and requirements

For legal forms, completion assistance and legal advice, please consult your legal advisor.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce website provides many commonly used real estate forms at Uniform Conveyancing Blanks.

All documents must:

Be completed prior to being presented for recording. We provide notary services in our office.
Be dated.
Be signed.
Have a complete and correct legal description. (Do not use the description on the tax statement.)
Have all exhibits attached and labeled.
Have a “Drafted by” statement that includes the name and address of the drafter of the document.
Include the correct recording fee.
Not be altered. Whiteout and correction tape are unacceptable on any legal document.
Be acknowledged, which includes:
Legible notary seal
Notary signature
Notary commission expiration date
Names and marital status of signatures being acknowledged. Marital status should indicate single; husband and wife; Person A married to Person B and Person B married to Person A; or Person A and Person B, married to each other.
If a corporate acknowledgement, include the business name and signer’s official title, and the notary block must indicate that the signature is on behalf of the company.

Where can I find Contract for deed Properties. Search our web site or Contract For Deed Homes

Recording the contract for deed
Within four months of signing the contract for deed, you must “record” it with the office of the county recorder or registrar of titles in the county in which the property is located. If you do not do so, you could face a fine.

Map of Minnesota with county names and regions colored in

How to Access the Forms

MN Real Estate Forms

Overview of Categories

  • Deeds – 10 Series
    Includes: Warranty Deeds, Limited Warranty Deeds, Quit Claim Deeds, Deeds for Trustees, Personal Representative Deeds, Deeds for Conservators, and Transfer on Death/Revocation.
  • Mortgages – 20 Series
    Includes: Mortgages, Mortgage Addenda, Assignment of Mortgage, Extension of Mortgage, Satisfaction of Mortgage, Partial Release of Mortgage, Documents related to Mortgage Releases by Title Companies, and Mortgage Subordination Agreements.
  • Contracts for Deed – 30 Series
    Includes: Contracts for Deed, Contracts for Deed Addenda, Assignments of Contracts for Deed, and Cancellation of Contract for Deed.
  • Liens and Encumbrances – 40 Series
    Includes: Lien Statement, Assignment of Lien, Satisfaction or Release of Lien, Lien-Related Affidavits, Receipt and Waiver of Liens, Lis Pendens, Verified Claims of Unregistered Interest, and Cancellations
  • Affidavits – 50 Series
    Includes: Closing Affidavits, Affidavit of Identity, and Special Use Affidavits
  • Foreclosure – 60 Series
    Includes: Notice of Pendency, Notice of Foreclosure Sale, Foreclosure Record, and Notices.
  • Probate – 70 Series
    Includes: Probate Deed and Related Documents, Court Orders and Decrees, and Medical Assistance Documents.
  • Marriage-Divorce – 80 Series
  • Trusts – 90 Series
  • Power of Attorney – 100 Series
  • Cancellations – 110 Series


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