Minnesota uses the torrens and abstract title system for registration of land. Under the torrens system, upon the landowner’s application, a court may, after appropriate proceedings, direct the issuance of a certificate of title.
Effective Aug. 1, 2022, a new law makes technical and clarifying changes to torrens title statutes, including clarifying that a torrens registration can apply to two or more owners where the tracts contain a common title defect that requires substantially the same evidence needed for adjudication.
Persons who have an interest in land are allowed to assent in writing to its registration and waive a mailed notice.
The new law also clarifies that applications for initial registration must be in a form approved by the examiner before filing with the court administrator, and specifies if a survey is required to certify land boundaries it must be certified by a licensed surveyor.
An applicant will need to file the final order with both the registrar of titles and the county recorder.
The law is sponsored by Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview) and Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks).