The County Recorder is the custodian of all legal records pertaining to real estate in the county. County government is dependent upon taxation for its existence and it is the land that is taxed. All other county offices depend on the accuracy of real estate records. This involves recording deeds, mortgages and approximately 400 different real estate documents.
In Le Sueur County the Recorder is also the abstractor for the county. An abstractor compiles all the records pertaining to a certain piece of property in an abbreviated form. This is called an abstract. The Recorder's Office creates new abstracts as well as continues existing abstracts.
Certificates of Title are prepared under the Torrens system. The County Recorder is also the Registrar of Titles as an arm of the District Court in adjudicated title. Certificates are originated and guaranteed by the County.
Other records found in the Recorder's Office include military discharges from all branches of the armed forces; vital statistics of birth, death, and marriages (beginning in 1870); bond oaths and appointments of county officials. A Tangible Interest Form must be filled out before a copy of birth and death certificates can be issued. Passport photos can be taken in this office Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are preferred.
The public may request certified copies of most documents filed in the Recorder's Office for a fee. View these fees on the Fees page. The Recorder’s Office accepts all major credit cards. A minimum fee of $1.50 will be added by Point and Pay.