Examiner of Titles

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Documents for approval should be submitted electronically via email.

In-person assistance is also available at Ramsey County Service Centers from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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The Examiner of Titles and deputy examiners are attorneys appointed by district court judges to perform the judicial, administrative and legal adviser duties, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 508, specified in the Minnesota Land Registration Act, also known as the Torrens Act. Our duties include:

  • Assisting the district court by examining titles.
  • Issuing reports and conducting hearings in court cases involving the registration of land titles and in court cases involving problems or disputes with land which has been previously registered.
  • Acting as legal adviser to the Registrar of Titles, who is responsible for recording title documents (e.g. deeds, mortgages, liens) submitted to the Registrar and for issuing Certificates of Title.
  • Issuing certain directives and certifications to the Registrar of Titles regarding Torrens title matters.


The Examiner of Titles office is located in suite 170 of the Plato building.

Corporate trust instructions for 2016

The new Uniform Trust Code went into effect on January 1, 2016. A number of changes significant to real estate transactions were made.  Read more about these changes (PDF).

Deletion table

Describes when items will be dropped from certificates of title. Copy of the deletion table (PDF).

Request deletion of recitals or memorials

Registration of title without a court proceeding (CPT)