Recording Information and Fees

Recording Information and Fees

Fees & Requirements

  • Recording fees for documents with 1 to 6 pages will be $20.00.
  • Recording fees for documents with 7 to 25 pages will be $65.00.
  • $3.00 per page fee will be added for any additional page over 25.
  • All Documents must have a three inch margin across the top of the first page of each instrument for recording information. This space must be blank and free of any lines, return addresses or anything else. If three inches are not available on the top of the first page, the recorder shall add a page to the end of the recording and charge accordingly, if necessary.
  • There is a 1-inch margin requirement on each instrument presented for recording. Each document must contain a 1-inch margin either on top, bottom, or one side of each page of the instrument for the placement of computerized labels. The margin must be completely blank with no markings. If this margin requirement is not met, an additional fee of $10 will be charged.
  • Documents which satisfy, release, assign, subordinate, continue, amend or extend a previously recorded document will have an additional fee of $3 for each additional document number listed after the first ten.
  • Documents containing more than ten sections of land will be charged an additional $1 per section after the first ten.
    • If the same section is listed more than once it will be counted every time it is listed.
  • There is a filing fee of $10 for documents that are filed rather than recorded.

For more information on Recording Fees see NDCC 11-18-05

General Reqirements

  • Every document must be an original or a certified copy.
  • Every document must have a 1-inch margin on either the top, bottom, left, or right side of each page of instrument.
  • A three inch margin across the top of the first page is required, otherwise an additional page will be added.
  • All dates must be filled in.
  • Documents must contain an adequate county legal description.
  • All signatures must be original and handwritten.
  • All original documents presented for recording must be notarized.
  • Per NDCC 11-18-051.a(2) "The printed, written, or typed words must be considered legible by the recorder before the page will be accepted for recording and, unless the form was issued by a government agency, must have a font size equal to or larger than ten point Calibri."

Deeds - Additional Requirements

The following is required for all deeds:

  • Statement of full consideration, as per NDCC 11-18-02.2 (not required on a deed covering minerals only or a T.O.D.D.)
  • Post Office address for the grantee(s)
  • Name and address of drafter on a deed or contract for deed, executed January 1, 2000, or after or any instrument executed or acknowledged outside the state, containing a metes and bounds legal description
  • All previous years taxes must be paid in full. Meaning taxes must be paid in full up to January of the current year.

Mortgages - Additional Requirements

The following is required for mortgages:

  • Post Office address of the mortgagee(s)
  • Post Office address of the assignee(s)