Examiner of Titles

Examiner of Titles

Temporary Office Procedures

In response to the statewide peacetime declaration of emergency, the Examiner of Titles has adopted the following temporary procedures.

Document Approval

Effective May 20, 2020, Anoka County has opened its public-facing services ONLY for the Property Records and Taxation Service Counter, Public Research Room and the Examiner of Titles Office.  The rest of the County offices remain closed.

Property Records and Taxation will continue to accept eRecording packages (including those that require Examiner approval), paper documents through the mail, and property tax payments via mail.  You can still contact Property Records and Taxation at 763-323-5400, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, visit the website at:  Anokacounty.us or access the Subscription Service if you are a registered subscriber.

If a face-to-face meeting is necessary with the Examiner of Titles staff, appointments are required.  You can reach the Examiner of Titles Office at 763-324-1199 or RS-PropTax-TE@co.anoka.mn.us to set up an appointment.  Phone or email meeting/discussions are preferred.

Directive Requests

The Examiner of Titles will continue to accept directive requests via email (RS-PropTax-TE@co.anoka.mn.us) and through the mail when original documents must be submitted.  All completed directives will be returned via mail.

Court Cases

The Examiner of Titles will follow the lead of Court Administration.  As of March 16, 2020, all hearings in cases assigned to the Examiner of Titles (Initial Registration and Proceedings Subsequent) are suspended until further notice.

No new hearings should be scheduled.  Reports of Examiner will be issued when conditions permit.  Delays should be expected.

Questions regarding court cases should be sent to:  RS-PropTax-TE@co.anoka.mn.us or visit the Minnesota Judicial Branch website:  www.mncourts.gov/emergency


Minnesota Judicial Branch - 10th Judicial District COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates can be found at:  http://mncourts.gov


Duties & Responsibilities

The examiner of titles is an attorney appointed by the judges of the District Court to perform judicial, administrative, and legal adviser duties specified in Minnesota Statutes chapter 508, known as the Minnesota Land Registration Act. Pursuant to this act, and by court rules and special orders, the examiner of titles has the following duties:

  • To examine titles and issue reports to the judges of the District Court in initial proceedings to register title to land
  • To examine petitions and to issue reports to the judges of the District Court, in proceedings subsequent to initial registration of land
  • To hear default Torrens cases and those contested cases referred by the court
  • To supervise all Torrens proceedings
  • To issue directives and certifications in administrative proceedings
  • To serve as legal adviser to the registrar of titles

No fees are charged for examiner services (except for Initial Registration). Fees to file a court action or record documents apply.

For recording procedures/questions, property tax information, assessment or questions involving abstract property, please contact PROPTAX@CO.ANOKA.MN.US or 763-323-5400 and speak to a Property Specialist.


Pre-approval of documents

Chapter 508 of Minnesota Statutes provides 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.

The Anoka County Examiner of Titles DOES NOT pre-approve documents before closing.  Documents submitted to the Registrar of Titles are reviewed by the Registrar/Torrens staff and then delivered to the Examiner for approval before recording. 

The Examiner of Titles does not charge any additional fees for approving documents (recording fees do apply).

PLEASE NOTE/CHANGE IN HEARING SCHEDULE: 

There will be NO Examiner of Titles hearings on:

  • As of March 16, 2020, all hearings in cases assigned to the Examiner of Titles (Initial Registration and Proceedings Subsequent) are suspended until further notice.
  • December 24, 2020

There will be a LOCATION CHANGE for the Examiner of Title hearings on: