Directives

Requesting a Directive

DIRECTIVE REQUESTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF THE DATE IT IS NEEDED.
REQUESTS INVOLVING MULTIPLE MEMORIALS, METES/BOUNDS LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS OR IS COMPLEX WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL TIME FOR PROCESSING.

  • No fee to draft a Directive; there is a fee to record the Directive
  • Recording a Directive:  Fee for one certificate is $46 and $20 for each additional certificate
  • When mailing items to our office, please HIGHLIGHT “Examiner of Titles Office” and/or “ATTN: Tracy Ekberg” on the envelope

 General requests:

  • Send written request via either email (tracy.ekberg@co.anoka.mn.us) or letter
  • Describe exactly what needs to be changed
  • Send copies of documents that we may not have access to that supports your request
  • Give instructions on if you will be picking up, if we will be mailing, or if we will be recording the Directive (need to send the recording fee to us; checks made out to “Anoka County”)
  • Requests being mailed can be sent to:

Examiner of Titles
ATTN:  Tracy Ekberg
2100 3rd Ave Room 119
Anoka, MN  55303

Correct Personal Name or Correct Marital Status:

  • Send a letter requesting the Directive (cannot accept requests by email)
  • For Correcting a Personal Name or Marital Status:  Need an original, signed and notarized Affidavit from the party whose name is incorrect or explaining the correct marital status (see sample Affidavit below)
  • For Correcting a Personal Name: Need a copy of the party's Driver’s License (as proof of the correct spelling) and, if necessary, any documents regarding legal name changes (marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, etc.)
  • Give instructions on if you will be picking up, if we will be mailing, or if we will be recording the Directive (need to send the recording fee to us; checks made out to “Anoka County”)
  • Requests should be mailed  to:

Examiner of Titles
ATTN:  Tracy Ekberg
2100 3rd Ave Room 119
Anoka, MN  55303

 Correct Business Name:

  • Send a letter requesting the Directive (cannot accept requests by email)
  • Need an original, signed and notarized Affidavit from an officer of the business stating what is incorrect explaining what document was incorrect (include specific document number of deed, mortgage, etc.) and how it was incorrectly spelled (must include a statement of the true and correct spelling of the name of the business)
  • Need a copy from the Secretary of State stating there is no business existing with the INCORRECT name as stated on the Certificate AND a document from the Secretary of State stating the CORRECT business name is a legitimate and existing company
  • Give instructions on if you will be picking up, if we will be mailing, or if we will be recording the Directive (need to send the recording fee to us; checks made out to “Anoka County”)
  • Requests should be mailed to:

Examiner of Titles
ATTN:  Tracy Ekberg
2100 3rd Ave Room 119
Anoka, MN  55303

The Examiner of Titles does not draft Directives to remove Financing Statements; they will drop after 5 years upon transfer of property, unless a Continuation of Statement is recorded – then the expiration is extended for an additional 5 years; if there is a bankruptcy, it will extend the expiration an additional 60 days past the 5 years

Removing recitals/memorials from a certificate of title

Your certificate of title may show liens or interests that are no longer valid.  To learn if those interests will be dropped by the registrar or will require an examiner's directive, please view this document (PDF).

Exchange Certificate

Registered owners (or agents of the registered owners) can request an Exchange Certificate from the Registrar of Titles for a fee of $40.  The Certificate of Title will be free from memorials of all interests which have terminated.  For additional information, please contact (763) 323-5400.