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Torrens Title Definition

Torrens is a system for registration of land under which, upon the landowner’s application, the Court may, after appropriate proceedings, direct the issuance of a certificate of title.  The Certificate of Title is kept in the office of the Registrar of Titles.  With the “abstract system” an abstract is evidence of title.  In the “Torrens system” the certificate of title is the title.

In Minnesota the County Recorder is the Registrar of Titles.  The Registrar is an arm of the District Court and under its control.  The Registrar must examine documents presented and determine that they meet the legal requirements to transfer the property and issue Certificates of Title which are proof of ownership for the purchaser.

Examiner of Titles

The Examiner is appointed by the court. The Pope County Examiner of Titles, James P. Peters, handles district court Torrens cases, conducts hearings, issues Directives and Certifications, and provides legal advice and assistance to the Pope County Registrar of Titles.

Law Office of James P. Peters, PLLC
20020 South Lakeshore Drive
Glenwood, MN 56334
Phone: 320.424.2326
Email: jim@peterslawfirm.us

Chapter 508 of Minnesota Statutes provided that certain instruments may not be accepted for filing by the Registrar unless certified by the Examiner (or Deputy Examiner) or pursuant to a Court Order.

When property is held in trust, estate, or is part of a court proceeding, the Examiner of Titles issues a Directive to the Registrar of Titles regarding how to proceed. Please refer to the Examiner’s Document List for a complete list of documents needing approval and certification by the Examiner of Titles prior to recording. Fees for approval and certification are payable to James P. Peters, Pope County Torrens Examiner and are in addition to recording fees.

Torrens Property

Access a list of Platted Torrens Property and Unplatted Torrens Property

Torrens Recording Fees

  • Recording Fee (No Page Limit) – $46
  • Each Additional Document Number Cited over 4 – Recording of Satisfaction,  Partial Release or Assignment – $10
  • Certified Copy of Certificate of Title – $10
  • Plat/Registered Land Survey Recording Fee – $56
  • Well Certificate – $50
  • Additional New Certificate or Residue Certificate – $40
  • Additional memorials – $20