Recorder's Office

Department Overview


The Rice County Recorder / Registrar of Titles is the custodian of all property and vital statistic records in Rice County. It is the duty of the Recorder to file all documents pertaining to Abstract and Torrens properties, federal and state tax liens, military discharges, plats, liens, miscellaneous documents, notary publics, minister ordinations and process marriage records. The department also keeps a connection with the MN Department of Health for the processing of birth and death requisitions and filings. We also process your requests for document copies or certified copies and will assist you with research of the real estate and vital records.

The Recorders office accepts, reviews, receipts, indexes & verifies, then scans to preserve the document. We accept paper or electronic documents for filing. Over 300 types of documents get recorded. The Recorders office must be in compliance with statutory laws and do so with accuracy and quality. The Recorder is also the Registrar who examines real estate title and maintains certificates of title for all registered property.

Rice County does not offer legal advice or assistance with preparing documents.

This office also serves as a passport agent for the U.S. Department of State where we process and submit your passport applications. We also take professional passport photos.

Mission Statement for Recorders


To protect, preserve, and record documents relating to Real Estate and Vital Statistics in a methodical manner for posterity in legal and security purposes. To serve the public in a prompt, courteous, and effective manner.