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Recorder's Office

County Recorder: Mick Moriarty

209 2nd St NW, Room 205
Aitkin, MN  56431
Fax: 218-927-7324

The primary responsibilities of the Recorder's Office are to receive real property documents for filing and to maintain an index to the reproductions of all previously filed documents. These responsibilities apply to both Abstract and Registered (Torrens) property located in Aitkin County. Examples of common documents include Deeds, Contracts, Mortgages, and Satisfactions, but many other types of documents that reference real property are also filed.

Additional responsibilities of the Recorder's Office include the retention of Vital Statistics (birth and death records) on persons who were born or died in Aitkin County. The office can also issue Birth and Death Certificates filed in other Minnesota counties provided the subject was born after 1935 or died after 1997. Other types of information that may be found in the Recorder's Office are original Plat Maps, State and Federal tax liens, Veteran Service Discharge records, and Notary Public Commissions.

Contact the office for more information on anything listed above. The Recorder's Office is located on the main floor of the Courthouse between the Treasurer's Office and the Land Department. If you wish to file a document, please refer to the Recording Checklist and Document Standards below; if you are still unsure, seek competent legal guidance. Office staff cannot answer legal questions or draft documents.

Please Note the following fees types must be paid with separate checks.

   •   Recording Fees are made payable to AITKIN COUNTY RECORDER
   •   Mortgage Registration Tax are made payable to AITKIN COUNTY TREASURER
   •   State Deed Tax are made payable to AITKIN COUNTY TREASURER
   •   Property Taxes are made payable to AITKIN COUNTY TREASURER and
        should not be submitted to the Recorder’s Office.

*Documents submitted with combined fees CANNOT be recorded!

2013 Plat Books:

Plat Books are available for $40 picked up at the Recorder's Office.

To have a Plat Book mailed to you,
please send your name, address, and a check for $45 made out to:
Aitkin County 4H Council

Mail your request to:
Aitkin County 4H Council
217 2nd St NW Room 134
Aitkin, MN  56431

Effective July 1, 2011:
The Aitkin County Recorder will no longer be a Satellite Office to file UCC's.

Recording Checklist:

All documents:

Transfer deeds:

Miscellaneous documents:

Document Standards:

Minnesota Statutes (as of July 31, 2014)

The following standards are imposed on documents to be recorded with the county recorder or the registrar of titles other than by electronic means as provided in section 507.24:

  1. The document shall consist of one or more individual sheets measuring no larger than 8.5 inches by 14 inches.
  2. The form of the document shall be printed, typewritten, or computer generated in black ink and the form of the document shall not be smaller than 8-point type.
  3. The document shall be on white paper of not less than 20-pound weight with no background color or images and, except for the first page, shall have a border of at least one-half inch on the top, bottom, and each side.
  4. The first page of the document shall contain a blank space at the top measuring three inches, as measured from the top of the page, and a border of one-half inch on each side and the bottom. The right half of the blank space shall be reserved for recording information and the left half shall be reserved for tax certification. Any person may attach an administrative page before the first page of the document to accommodate this standard. The administrative page may contain the document title, document date, and, if applicable, the grantor and grantee, and shall be deemed part of the document when recorded.
  5. The title of the document shall be prominently displayed at the top of the first page below the blank space referred to in clause (4), or on the administrative page.
  6. No additional sheet shall be attached or affixed to a page that covers up any information or printed part of the form.
  7. A document presented for recording must be sufficiently legible to reproduce a readable copy using the county recorder's or registrar of title's current method of reproduction.


Subd. 2.Variance from standards. A document should conform to the standards in section 507.093, paragraph (a), but should not be rejected unless the document is not legible or cannot be archived. This subdivision applies only to documents dated after July 31, 1997, and does not apply to Minnesota uniform conveyancing blanks on file in the office of the commissioner of commerce provided for under section 507.09, certified copies, or any other form provided for under Minnesota Statutes.