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CERTIFICATE OF LOCATION OF GOVERNMENT CORNER (a.k.a. Corner Certificates)

Filing a Corner Certificate

A CERTIFICATE OF LOCATION OF GOVERNMENT CORNER, a.k.a. Corner Certificate, is a document developed by a licensed land surveyor to mark a Public Land Survey (PLS) corner location.  When a survey or plat is made, proper recording of a Corner Certificate(s) is required, with its location referenced to local landmarks and or referenced to other adjacent PLS corners.

Pursuant to Section 3-4 of the Minnesota Department of Transportation hand book SURVEYING AND MAPPING MANUAL, dated April 20, 2007:
"The Certificate of Location of Government Corner is the written record of the present condition and the history for the public land survey corner.  To be useful for posterity, this document must be properly completed, provide an unquestionable location, and assure the total perpetuation of the government corner when made of public record.  A monument without a history is of little value as evidence and a new monument marking the location of a government corner is worthless if it cannot be identified in the future."

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FILING OF CERTIFICATE OF LOCATION OF GOVERNMENT CORNER

Corner Certificates may be filed directly with the County Recorder.  Regular filing/recording fees will be required for Corner Certificates filed directly with the County Recorder.

Alternately, Corner Certificates may be submitted to the County Surveyor’s office for review prior to recording.  If the Corner Certificates conform to the guidelines and are consistent with other county corner records, the County Surveyor’s office will forward them to the County Recorder’s office and the filing/recording fee will be waived.

All surveys subject to review and approval by the County Surveyor and described by reference to the PLS must be based upon recently certified corners.


Also see Corner Reimbursement Program.
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