Examiner of Titles

Examiner of Titles



Updated:  12/1/20
(Order to Show Cause/Initial Registration)


Starting 11/30/20, due to Supreme Court Order ADM20-8001, Examiner of Title hearings will be remote via WebEx until further notice.  When submitting an Order to Show Cause, you must now use the Peacetime Emergency Order to Show Cause.


Hearings will continue to be held on Thursdays starting at 1:00 p.m.


Please be aware:   Order to Show Cause processing times will be prolonged due to working remotely; consider this when selecting a hearing date.


Anoka County Peacetime Emergency Order to Show Cause hearing form is located on our website:  https://www.anokacounty.us/3207/Proceedings-Subsequent-to-Initial-Regist




  • We are limiting the number of Order to Show Cause/Initial Registration hearings held on each date to four (4).   Verify available hearings dates by visiting our website:  https://www.anokacounty.us/3973/Hearing-Dates.  
  • Please have a back-up date in the event the date you’ve chosen is already full.

Temporary Office Procedures

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) and paper documents through the 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 [email protected] to set up an appointment.  Phone or email meeting/discussions are preferred.

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 [email protected] 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 recording 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).