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St. Louis County Recorder's Office Important information related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated 3/27/2020



General Information: The Recorder's Office is working hard to provide full service with limited public interaction. Customers are highly encouraged to utilize online services, whenever possible.   Information on applications processes, services and fees can be found under the Public Records Department.  
Contact Information: The Office is constantly updating their response to COVID-19. Please call ahead if you are uncertain as to our availability or have questions regarding how services can be accessed. Please use the information below to contact Recorder's Office staff:  
Birth, death and marriage records: phone 218-726-2559 or email birthdeathmarriage@stlouiscountymn.gov. Necessary applications and forms for these records are available on the website given above. 
Real estate: phone 218-726-2677 or email slcrecorder@stlouiscountymn.gov.

E-Recording: Customers are highly encouraged to eRecord documents. (Information about eRecording can be found on the website listed above.) Documents to be recorded will not be accepted in-person; however, they may be mailed or placed in the drop box located at the Duluth Courthouse 2 nd Street entryway.   
Drop Box: A drop box will be located at the Duluth Courthouse 2nd Street entryway that can be utilized to drop off applications materials, payments, etc.
Document Processing: At this time, the office is still processing documents by mail as we receive them. This is subject to change dependent upon the information provided by the Minnesota Department of Health or CDC for proper procedures for the handling of mail.
Public Access: We will do our best to continue our operations without disruption; however, with public access limited, and minimal in-office staff, longer turn-around times should be expected.

Duluth: the Duluth Recorder's office will not be open to the public.

A vital records drive-in service will be available by appointment only from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. M-F at the 2nd street courthouse entryway.  this service will be provided to customers on an appointment only basis. Customers will be asked to call ahead with questions or concerns, get instructions on how to prepare for the appointment, and schedule their appointment time. As an extra precautionary measure, customers will be asked to stay in their vehicle. Identification, application review, and document interaction will be kept to a minimum with staff and customer maintaining at least a 6 foot distance at all times. Have only the party/parties who require service show up for service. Pay by check or have exact cash. We will not be able to provide change. During the pre-appointment discussion, staff can provide information on the cost of a particular service or assist with online payments. Provide a vehicle description and be prepared to show appropriate identification. Do not show up if you are sick or experiencing systems.
Hibbing and Virginia offices will be closed to public access and will serve the public by appointment only.  
Land Records Inquiry:  At this time, the County Recorder’s Office will provide free access to the Recorder’s Land Records Abstract/Torrens Inquiry System to June 1, 2020.   This system can be accessed at: http://apps.stlouiscountymn.gov/webrecorder/.