Recording Requirements

General Requirements

  • 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)  
  • 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)

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