CHAPTER 357. FEES
Table of Sections
|357.02||Repealed, 1957 c 620 s 4
|357.021||COURT ADMINISTRATOR OF DISTRICT COURT; FEES.|
|357.022||CONCILIATION COURT FEE.|
|357.03||EXTRA FEES OF COURT ADMINISTRATOR OF DISTRICT COURT.|
|357.04||Superseded by 357.05
|357.05||Repealed, 1961 c 313 s 4
|357.06||Repealed, 1971 c 25 s 66
|357.07||Repealed, 1999 c 60 s 3
|357.08||PAID BY APPELLANT IN APPEAL.|
|357.10||Repealed, 1977 c 338 s 4
|357.12||Repealed, 2005 c 10 art 2 s 5
|357.13||POLICE OFFICERS, FEES IN STATE CASES; ADVANCE PAYMENT OF FEES TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS BY STATE OR COUNTY.|
|357.14||Repealed, 1983 c 359 s 151
|357.15||Repealed, 1983 c 359 s 151
|357.16||COMMISSIONERS TO TAKE TESTIMONY.|
|357.181||Repealed, 1983 c 99 s 7
|357.182||COUNTY FEES AND RECORDING STANDARDS FOR RECORDING OF REAL ESTATE DOCUMENTS.|
|357.19||Repealed, 1969 c 995 s 7
|357.20||FEES OF REFEREES; AGREEMENT BY PARTIES.|
|357.21||SERVICES UNDER LEGAL PROCESS; APPRAISERS.|
|357.23||WITNESS FEES OF OFFICERS OF MUNICIPALITIES.|
|357.241||JUVENILE COURT WITNESSES.|
|357.242||PARENTS OF JUVENILES.|
|357.26||Repealed, 1977 c 286 s 21
|357.29||SERVICES NOT RENDERED; ILLEGAL FEES.|
|357.30||TAXATION FOR SERVICES NOT RENDERED; PROSPECTIVE COSTS; ATTORNEY AS WITNESS.|
|357.31||COPIES; ITEMIZED LIST; FEES UNIFORM.|
|357.315||COST OF EXHIBITS AND MEDICAL RECORDS.|
|357.32||WITNESS; WHEN AND HOW PAID.|
|357.33||PUT IN COUNTY TREASURY.|
|357.39||CLERKS, CITIES OF FIRST CLASS.|
|357.40||COLLECTIONS CREDITED TO GENERAL FUND.|
|357.41||CLERKS, CITIES OF FIRST CLASS IN COUNTIES OF 300,000.|
For the services specified in this chapter, the fees hereinafter named shall be allowed.
History: (6986) RL s 2693
357.021 COURT ADMINISTRATOR OF DISTRICT COURT; FEES.
Subd. 1a. Transmittal of fees to commissioner of finance.
(a) Every person, including the
state of Minnesota and all bodies politic and corporate, who shall transact any business in the
district court, shall pay to the court administrator of said court the sundry fees prescribed in
subdivision 2. Except as provided in paragraph (d), the court administrator shall transmit the fees
monthly to the commissioner of finance for deposit in the state treasury and credit to the general
fund. $30 of each fee collected in a dissolution action under subdivision 2, clause (1), must be
deposited by the commissioner of finance in the special revenue fund and is appropriated to the
commissioner of employment and economic development for the displaced homemaker program
(b) In a county which has a screener-collector position, fees paid by a county pursuant to this
subdivision shall be transmitted monthly to the county treasurer, who shall apply the fees first to
reimburse the county for the amount of the salary paid for the screener-collector position. The
balance of the fees collected shall then be forwarded to the commissioner of finance for deposit
in the state treasury and credited to the general fund. In a county in a judicial district under
480.181, subdivision 1
, paragraph (b), which has a screener-collector position, the fees
paid by a county shall be transmitted monthly to the commissioner of finance for deposit in the
state treasury and credited to the general fund. A screener-collector position for purposes of this
paragraph is an employee whose function is to increase the collection of fines and to review the
incomes of potential clients of the public defender, in order to verify eligibility for that service.
(c) No fee is required under this section from the public authority or the party the public
authority represents in an action for:
(1) child support enforcement or modification, medical assistance enforcement, or
establishment of parentage in the district court, or in a proceeding under section
(2) civil commitment under chapter 253B;
(3) the appointment of a public conservator or public guardian or any other action under
chapters 252A and 525;
(4) wrongfully obtaining public assistance under section
, or recovery of
overpayments of public assistance;
(5) court relief under chapters 260, 260A, 260B, and 260C;
(6) forfeiture of property under sections
(7) recovery of amounts issued by political subdivisions or public institutions under sections
, or other sections referring to other forms of public assistance;
(8) restitution under section
(9) actions seeking monetary relief in favor of the state pursuant to section
(d) $20 from each fee collected for child support modifications under subdivision 2, clause
(13), must be transmitted to the county treasurer for deposit in the county general fund and $35
from each fee shall be credited to the state general fund. The fees must be used by the county to
pay for child support enforcement efforts by county attorneys.
Subd. 2. Fee amounts.
The fees to be charged and collected by the court administrator
shall be as follows:
(1) In every civil action or proceeding in said court, including any case arising under the tax
laws of the state that could be transferred or appealed to the Tax Court, the plaintiff, petitioner, or
other moving party shall pay, when the first paper is filed for that party in said action, a fee of
$240, except in marriage dissolution actions the fee is $270.
The defendant or other adverse or intervening party, or any one or more of several defendants
or other adverse or intervening parties appearing separately from the others, shall pay, when the
first paper is filed for that party in said action, a fee of $240, except in marriage dissolution
actions the fee is $270.
The party requesting a trial by jury shall pay $75.
The fees above stated shall be the full trial fee chargeable to said parties irrespective of
whether trial be to the court alone, to the court and jury, or disposed of without trial, and shall
include the entry of judgment in the action, but does not include copies or certified copies of any
papers so filed or proceedings under chapter 103E, except the provisions therein as to appeals.
(2) Certified copy of any instrument from a civil or criminal proceeding, $10, and $5 for
an uncertified copy.
(3) Issuing a subpoena, $12 for each name.
(4) Filing a motion or response to a motion in civil, family, excluding child support, and
guardianship cases, $55.
(5) Issuing an execution and filing the return thereof; issuing a writ of attachment, injunction,
habeas corpus, mandamus, quo warranto, certiorari, or other writs not specifically mentioned, $40.
(6) Issuing a transcript of judgment, or for filing and docketing a transcript of judgment
from another court, $30.
(7) Filing and entering a satisfaction of judgment, partial satisfaction, or assignment of
(8) Certificate as to existence or nonexistence of judgments docketed, $5 for each name
(9) Filing and indexing trade name; or recording basic science certificate; or recording
certificate of physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, veterinarians, or optometrists, $5.
(10) For the filing of each partial, final, or annual account in all trusteeships, $40.
(11) For the deposit of a will, $20.
(12) For recording notary commission, $100, of which, notwithstanding subdivision 1a,
paragraph (b), $80 must be forwarded to the commissioner of finance to be deposited in the
state treasury and credited to the general fund.
(13) Filing a motion or response to a motion for modification of child support, a fee of $55.
(14) All other services required by law for which no fee is provided, such fee as compares
favorably with those herein provided, or such as may be fixed by rule or order of the court.
(15) In addition to any other filing fees under this chapter, a surcharge in the amount of $75
must be assessed in accordance with section
259.52, subdivision 14
, for each adoption petition
filed in district court to fund the fathers' adoption registry under section
The fees in clauses (3) and (5) need not be paid by a public authority or the party the public
Subd. 2a.[Repealed, 1999 c 216 art 7 s 45
Subd. 3. Payment in advance.
All fees of said court administrators, except in criminal
proceedings, shall be paid in advance at or prior to the time of the performance of any service
requiring payment of such fees, and said court administrator shall not proceed in any matter
requiring the payment of fees until the full amount of the same is paid.
Subd. 4. Not affect library fees.
Nothing in this section shall be construed as amending,
modifying, redistributing, or repealing the provisions as to library fees contained in chapter 134A.
Subd. 5. Exemption for government agencies.
Notwithstanding any other provision of the
law to the contrary, no fee otherwise required to be paid to the court administrator of district
court by a defendant or defendants when filing the first paper for that party in an action, shall
be paid by the state of Minnesota, or any department or agency thereof, or when the state or a
department or agency as plaintiff enters judgment pursuant to a confession of judgment executed
by the defendant.
Subd. 6. Surcharges on criminal and traffic offenders.
(a) Except as provided in this
paragraph, the court shall impose and the court administrator shall collect a $72 surcharge on
every person convicted of any felony, gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, or petty misdemeanor
offense, other than a violation of a law or ordinance relating to vehicle parking, for which there
shall be a $4 surcharge. In the Second Judicial District, the court shall impose, and the court
administrator shall collect, an additional $1 surcharge on every person convicted of any felony,
gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, or petty misdemeanor offense, including a violation of a law or
ordinance relating to vehicle parking, if the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners authorizes
the $1 surcharge. The surcharge shall be imposed whether or not the person is sentenced to
imprisonment or the sentence is stayed. The surcharge shall not be imposed when a person is
convicted of a petty misdemeanor for which no fine is imposed.
(b) If the court fails to impose a surcharge as required by this subdivision, the court
administrator shall show the imposition of the surcharge, collect the surcharge, and correct the
(c) The court may not waive payment of the surcharge required under this subdivision. Upon
a showing of indigency or undue hardship upon the convicted person or the convicted person's
immediate family, the sentencing court may authorize payment of the surcharge in installments.
(d) The court administrator or other entity collecting a surcharge shall forward it to the
commissioner of finance.
(e) If the convicted person is sentenced to imprisonment and has not paid the surcharge
before the term of imprisonment begins, the chief executive officer of the correctional facility
in which the convicted person is incarcerated shall collect the surcharge from any earnings the
inmate accrues from work performed in the facility or while on conditional release. The chief
executive officer shall forward the amount collected to the commissioner of finance.
Subd. 7. Disbursement of surcharges by commissioner of finance.
(a) Except as provided
in paragraphs (b), (c), and (d), the commissioner of finance shall disburse surcharges received
under subdivision 6 and section
97A.065, subdivision 2
, as follows:
(1) one percent shall be credited to the game and fish fund to provide peace officer training
for employees of the Department of Natural Resources who are licensed under sections
, and who possess peace officer authority for the purpose of enforcing game and fish laws;
(2) 39 percent shall be credited to the peace officers training account in the special revenue
(3) 60 percent shall be credited to the general fund.
(b) The commissioner of finance shall credit $3 of each surcharge received under subdivision
6 and section
97A.065, subdivision 2
, to the general fund.
(c) In addition to any amounts credited under paragraph (a), the commissioner of finance
shall credit $44 of each surcharge received under subdivision 6 and section
, and the $4 parking surcharge, to the general fund.
(d) If the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners authorizes imposition of the additional
$1 surcharge provided for in subdivision 6, paragraph (a), the court administrator in the Second
Judicial District shall transmit the surcharge to the commissioner of finance. The $1 special
surcharge is deposited in a Ramsey County surcharge account in the special revenue fund and
amounts in the account are appropriated to the trial courts for the administration of the petty
misdemeanor diversion program operated by the Second Judicial District Ramsey County
History: (6987) RL s 2694; 1913 c 414 s 1; 1937 c 187 s 1; 1947 c 95 s 1,2; 1957 c 620 s
1,2; 1959 c 250 s 4; 1965 c 822 s 1-5; 1969 c 495 s 1,3; 1971 c 25 s 65; 1971 c 255 s 1; 1971 c
259 s 1; 1974 c 394 s 2; 1978 c 730 s 1; 1981 c 360 art 2 s 41,42; 1983 c 262 art 1 s 6; 1983 c
312 art 3 s 1,2; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 53; 1985 c 172 s 127; 1Sp1985 c 14 art 9 s 75; 1986 c 442 s 2;
1986 c 444; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82; 1989 c 282 art 2 s 185,186; 1989 c 335 art 3 s 6-9; art 4 s 82;
1Sp1989 c 1 art 17 s 5; 1990 c 391 art 8 s 38; 1990 c 544 s 1; 1990 c 574 s 4; 1990 c 594 art 1 s
72; 1990 c 604 art 9 s 3; 1991 c 281 s 1; 1992 c 513 art 3 s 71; art 4 s 42; art 8 s 51,52; 1992 c
571 art 4 s 1; 1993 c 192 s 91,92; 1993 c 326 art 12 s 7; 1994 c 465 art 3 s 28; 1994 c 630 art 10
s 2; 1994 c 636 art 8 s 3; 1995 c 226 art 6 s 8; 1997 c 218 s 12; 1997 c 239 art 12 s 1; 1998 c 366
s 75; 1998 c 367 art 8 s 4-6; 1998 c 382 art 2 s 17; 1999 c 139 art 4 s 2; 1999 c 196 art 2 s 7;
1999 c 243 art 11 s 5; 2000 c 478 art 2 s 7; 1Sp2001 c 5 art 5 s 10; 1Sp2001 c 8 art 7 s 1,2,13;
1Sp2001 c 9 art 18 s 15,16,19; 2002 c 220 art 11 s 6; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113,114; 2003 c 112 art 2
s 50; 1Sp2003 c 2 art 2 s 2; art 8 s 6,7; 2004 c 228 art 1 s 64; 2004 c 278 s 2,3; 2005 c 136 art 14
s 3-5; 2005 c 164 s 1,2; 1Sp2005 c 1 art 4 s 99,100; 2006 c 212 art 3 s 37
357.03 EXTRA FEES OF COURT ADMINISTRATOR OF DISTRICT COURT.
In any county of this state where incumbents of the office of court administrator of the
district court prior to the incumbent holding office at the time of the passage of this section have
neglected for six years to enter or file papers or other documents or index the same in such office
which should have been entered or filed by them, and as a result thereof the county records are
incomplete, the board of county commissioners may agree with the court administrator of the
district court to properly enter or file all such papers and documents and index the same, and for
such work may pay such court administrator, in addition to the salary and court administrator hire
provided by law, the fees provided for such work by section
; provided, that no such extra
fee shall be paid for the doing of any work which should have been done by such incumbent.
History: (6987-1) 1929 c 207; 1957 c 620 s 3; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82
357.08 PAID BY APPELLANT IN APPEAL.
There shall be paid to the clerk of the appellate courts by the appellant, or moving party
or person requiring the service, in all cases of appeal, certiorari, habeas corpus, mandamus,
injunction, prohibition, or other original proceeding, when initially filed with the clerk of the
appellate courts, the sum of $500 to the clerk of the appellate courts. An additional filing fee
of $100 shall be required for a petition for accelerated review by the Supreme Court. A filing
fee of $500 shall be paid to the clerk of the appellate courts upon the filing of a petition for
review from a decision of the Court of Appeals. A filing fee of $500 shall be paid to the clerk of
the appellate courts upon the filing of a petition for permission to appeal. A filing fee of $100
shall be paid to the clerk of the appellate courts upon the filing by a respondent of a notice of
review. The clerk shall transmit the fees to the commissioner of finance for deposit in the state
treasury and credit to the general fund.
The clerk shall not file any paper, issue any writ or certificate, or perform any service
enumerated herein, until the payment has been made for it. The clerk shall pay the sum into the
state treasury as provided for by section
The charges provided for shall not apply to disbarment proceedings, nor to an action or
proceeding by the state taken solely in the public interest, where the state is the appellant or
moving party, nor to copies of the opinions of the court furnished by the clerk to the parties before
judgment, or furnished to the district judge whose decision is under review, or to such law library
associations in counties having a population exceeding 50,000, as the court may direct.
History: (6992) 1915 c 177 s 1; 1917 c 66 s 1; 1919 c 97 s 1; 1969 c 1148 s 58; 1974 c 394 s
3; 1983 c 247 s 140; 1983 c 301 s 194; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 335 art 3 s 11; 1990 c 594 art 1 s 74;
1993 c 192 s 94; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 50; 1Sp2003 c 2 art 2 s 4
Subdivision 1. Activities for which fees set.
Fees set under subdivision 8 shall be charged
and collected by the sheriff for:
(1) serving a summons, warrant, writ, subpoena, or any process issued by a court of record,
for each defendant served and mileage;
(2) taking and approving a bond, and for a certified copy;
(3) collection on execution after levy;
(4) posting three notices of sale;
(5) certificate of sale of real estate; a copy when requested;
(6) selling land on foreclosure of a mortgage, for all services required, including executing
a certificate of sale; postponing such a sale;
(7) making diligent search and inquiry and returning a summons when defendants cannot
(8) returning an execution unsatisfied when no service is made;
(9) receiving and paying over money paid on redemption of property and executing a
certificate, to be collected from the person redeeming;
(10) securing and safely keeping property in replevin or attachment or on execution;
(11) for services not herein enumerated, if provided by the county board;
(12) for all process when no charge is made for service of a return of not found or unsatisfied.
Subd. 2. Mileage computation.
When mileage is allowed the sheriff it shall be computed
from the place where the court is usually held.
Subd. 3. Necessary expenses.
The sheriff shall be allowed reasonable and necessary
expenses actually paid out for food furnished any prisoner while conducting the prisoner to jail
and for the prisoner's transportation by a common carrier.
Subd. 4. Service of execution.
The fees allowed for the service of an execution, for
advertising thereon, and for filing certificate with the county recorder shall be collected by virtue
thereof and in the same manner as the sum therein directed to be levied.
Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1977 c 338 s 4
Subd. 6. No affect fees.
This section shall not relate to or affect the fees of the sheriff of
Subd. 7. Superseded special laws.
All special laws relating to sheriffs' fees and mileage
allowance which are inconsistent with the provisions of Laws 1977, chapter 338, are superseded
to the extent of the inconsistency.
Subd. 8. County board sets fees.
The county board shall set the sheriff's fees with the
advice and consultation of the sheriff.
History: (6993) RL s 2697; 1913 c 197 s 1; 1917 c 363 s 1; 1951 c 375 s 1; 1959 c 689 s 1;
1963 c 240 s 1; 1971 c 537 s 1; 1976 c 181 s 2; 1977 c 338 s 1-3,5,6; 1981 c 325 s 1-3; 1981 c
356 s 248; 1982 c 595 s 3; 1984 c 558 art 4 s 10; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 176 s 1
Fees for viewing or examining each dead body, for holding an inquest, for preparing folios,
and allowances for mileage for necessary travel shall be determined by the county board.
(1) In performing the sheriff's duties a coroner shall receive the fees allowed to the sheriff
for like services.
(2) Fees and mileage for physicians called by the coroner to make autopsies shall be
determined by the county board. A coroner or deputy coroner, who is duly licensed and registered
to practice medicine and surgery in this state, shall not be disqualified from rendering medical
care or hospitalization to a recipient of public relief or being appointed an examiner in insanity or
incompetency hearings, or from being compensated therefor, by virtue of holding such office. A
coroner or deputy coroner, who is a duly licensed funeral director or embalmer in this state, shall
not be disqualified from performing any duties prescribed by law for each from rendering such
services to a recipient of public relief, or from being compensated therefor, by virtue of holding
such office. This chapter shall apply to all counties now having or hereafter having a population of
less than 275,000 but shall not apply to any county where such fees are now fixed by special laws.
(3) The county board of any such county may allow the reasonable and necessary expenses
of any such coroner or coroner's deputies, incurred for ambulance, telephone tolls, telegrams, or
postage, solely for official business.
History: (6995) RL s 2699; 1909 c 271 s 1; 1913 c 216 s 1; 1943 c 314 s 1; 1945 c 403 s 1;
1945 c 440 s 1; 1963 c 650 s 1; 1971 c 463 s 1; 1976 c 257 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1993 c 13 art 1 s 40
357.13 POLICE OFFICERS, FEES IN STATE CASES; ADVANCE PAYMENT OF FEES
TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS BY STATE OR COUNTY.
Subdivision 1. City police; witness fees.
No police officer of any city shall receive any
witness fee in a suit or prosecution brought in the name of the state, but any county or city may
reimburse the officer for expenses actually incurred.
Subd. 2. Advance payments.
Any law to the contrary notwithstanding the state of Minnesota
or any county thereof shall not be obligated to make advance payment of fees, costs, or charges
of any nature to any county or municipal official for services, acts, or duties to be rendered
by that official.
History: (6997) RL s 2701; 1967 c 830 s 1; 1983 c 177 s 4; 1986 c 444
357.16 COMMISSIONERS TO TAKE TESTIMONY.
A person commissioned to take testimony shall receive the fees as prescribed by the court.
History: (7000) RL s 2704; 1983 c 359 s 41
357.17 NOTARIES PUBLIC.
The maximum fees to be charged and collected by a notary public shall be as follows:
(1) for protest of nonpayment of note or bill of exchange or of nonacceptance of such bill;
where protest is legally necessary, and copy thereof, $1;
(2) for every other protest and copy, $1;
(3) for making and serving every notice of nonpayment of note or nonacceptance of bill
and copy thereof, $1;
(4) for any affidavit or paper for which provision is not made herein, $1 per folio, and 20
cents per folio for copies;
(5) for each oath administered, $1;
(6) for acknowledgments of deeds and for other services authorized by law, the legal fees
allowed other officers for like services;
(7) for recording each instrument required by law to be recorded by the notary, $1 per folio.
History: (7001) RL s 2705; 1983 c 175 s 1; 1986 c 444
357.18 COUNTY RECORDER.
Subdivision 1. County recorder fees.
The fees to be charged by the county recorder shall be
and not exceed the following:
(1) for indexing and recording any deed or other instrument a fee of $46; $10.50 shall be
paid to the state treasury and credited to the general fund; $10 shall be deposited in the technology
fund pursuant to subdivision 3; and $25.50 shall be deposited in the county general fund;
(2) for documents containing multiple assignments, partial releases or satisfactions a fee
of $46; if the document cites more than four recorded instruments, an additional fee of $10 for
each additional instrument cited over the first four citations;
(3) for certified copies of any records or papers, $10;
(4) for a noncertified copy of any instrument or writing on file or recorded in the office of
the county recorder, or any specified page or part of it, an amount as determined by the county
board for each page or fraction of a page specified. If computer or microfilm printers are used to
reproduce the instrument or writing, a like amount per image;
(5) for an abstract of title, the fees shall be determined by resolution of the county board duly
adopted upon the recommendation of the county recorder, and the fees shall not exceed $10 for
every entry, $100 for abstract certificate, $1 per page for each exhibit included within an abstract
as a part of an abstract entry, and $5 per name for each required name search certification;
(6) for a copy of an official plat filed pursuant to section
, the fee shall be $10 and an
additional $5 shall be charged for the certification of each plat;
(7) for filing an amended floor plan in accordance with chapter 515, an amended
condominium plat in accordance with chapter 515A, or a common interest community plat or
amendment complying with section
515B.2-110, subsection (c)
, the fee shall be 50 cents per
apartment or unit with a minimum fee of $56;
(8) for a copy of a floor plan filed pursuant to chapter 515, a copy of a condominium plat
filed in accordance with chapter 515A, or a copy of a common interest community plat complying
515B.2-110, subsection (c)
, the fee shall be $1 for each page of the floor plan,
condominium plat or common interest community plat with a minimum fee of $10;
(9) for recording any plat, a fee of $56, of which $10.50 must be paid to the state treasury and
credited to the general fund, $10 must be deposited in the technology fund pursuant to subdivision
3, and $35.50 must be deposited in the county general fund; and
(10) for a noncertified copy of any document submitted for recording, if the original
document is accompanied by a copy or duplicate original, $2. Upon receipt of the copy or duplicate
original and payment of the fee, a county recorder shall return it marked "copy" or "duplicate,"
showing the recording date and, if available, the document number assigned to the original.
Subd. 1a. Abstracting service fees.
Fees fixed by or established pursuant to subdivision 1
shall be the maximum fee charged in all counties where the county recorder performs abstracting
services and shall be charged by persons authorized to perform abstracting services in county
buildings pursuant to section
Subd. 2. Fees for recording instruments in county recorder office.
provisions of any special law to the contrary, the established fees pursuant to subdivision 1 shall
be the fee charged in all counties for the specified service, other than Uniform Commercial
Code documents, and documents filed or recorded pursuant to sections
Subd. 3.[Repealed by amendment, 2005 c 136 art 14 s 6
Subd. 4. Technology fund.
The $10 fee collected under subdivision 1, clause (1), shall be
deposited in a technology fund for obtaining, maintaining, and updating current technology
and equipment to provide services from the record system. The fund shall be disbursed at the
county recorder's discretion to provide modern information services from the records system.
The fund is a supplemental fund and shall not be construed to diminish the duty of the county
governing body to furnish funding for expenses and personnel necessary in the performance of
the duties of the office pursuant to section
386.015, subdivision 6
, paragraph (a), clause (2), and to
comply with the requirements of section
Subd. 5. Variance from standards.
A document should conform to the standards in section
507.093, paragraph (a)
, but should not be rejected unless the document is not legible or cannot
be archived. This subdivision applies only to documents dated after July 31, 1997, and does not
apply to Minnesota uniform conveyancing blanks on file in the office of the commissioner of
commerce provided for under section
, certified copies, or any other form provided for
under Minnesota Statutes.
Subd. 6. Registrar of titles' fees.
The fees to be charged by the registrar of titles are in
History: (7002) RL s 2706; 1907 c 256 s 1; 1911 c 376 s 1; 1947 c 458 s 1; 1951 c 484 s 1;
1969 c 995 s 5; 1971 c 454 s 1,2; 1973 c 35 s 63; 1974 c 493 s 1; 1976 c 181 s 2; 1980 c 560 s 1;
1985 c 281 s 5; 1990 c 358 s 1; 1991 c 226 s 1; 1991 c 291 art 18 s 12; 1992 c 513 art 4 s 43; 1993
c 73 s 1; 1993 c 192 s 95; 1994 c 416 art 1 s 42; 1996 c 338 art 3 s 2; 1999 c 11 art 3 s 11; 1Sp2001
c 10 art 2 s 77; 2002 c 365 s 7; 2005 c 136 art 14 s 6; 2005 c 151 art 2 s 17; 1Sp2005 c 7 s 12
357.182 COUNTY FEES AND RECORDING STANDARDS FOR RECORDING OF REAL
Subdivision 1. Application.
Unless otherwise specified in this section and notwithstanding
any other law to the contrary, effective August 1, 2005, this section applies to each county in
Minnesota. Documents presented for recording within 60 days after July 1, 2005, and that are
acknowledged, sworn to before a notary, or certified before July 1, 2005, must not be rejected for
failure to include the new filing fee.
Subd. 2. Fee restrictions.
Notwithstanding any local law or ordinance to the contrary, no
county may charge or collect any fee, special or otherwise, or however described, other than
a fee denominated or prescribed by state law, for any service, task, or step performed by any
county officer or employee in connection with the receipt, recording, and return of any recordable
instrument by the county recorder or registrar of titles, whether received by mail, in person, or
by electronic delivery, including, but not limited to, opening mail; handling, transferring, or
transporting the instrument; certifying no-delinquent property taxes; payment of state deed tax,
mortgage registry tax, or conservation fee; recording of approved plats, subdivision splits, or
combinations; or any other prerequisites to recording, and returning the instrument by regular
mail or in person to the person identified in the instrument for that purpose.
Subd. 3. Recording requirements.
Each county recorder and registrar of titles shall, within
15 business days after any instrument in recordable form accompanied by payment of applicable
fees by customary means is delivered to the county for recording or is otherwise received by the
county recorder or registrar of titles for that purpose, record and index the instrument in the
manner provided by law and return it by regular mail or in person to the person identified in the
instrument for that purpose, if the instrument does not require certification of no-delinquent
taxes, payment of state deed tax, mortgage registry tax, or conservation fee. Each county must
establish a policy for the timely handling of instruments that require certification of no-delinquent
taxes, payment of state deed tax, mortgage registry tax, or conservation fee and that policy may
allow up to an additional five business days at the request of the office or offices responsible to
complete the payment and certification process.
For calendar years 2009 and 2010, the maximum time allowed for completion of the
recording process for documents presented in recordable form will be 15 business days.
For calendar year 2011 and thereafter, the maximum time allowed for completion of the
recording process for documents presented in recordable form will be ten business days.
Instruments recorded electronically must be returned no later than five business days after
receipt by the county in a recordable format.
Subd. 4. Compliance with recording requirements.
For calendar year 2007, a county is in
compliance with the recording requirements prescribed by subdivision 3 if at least 60 percent of
all recordable instruments described in subdivision 3 and received by the county in that year are
recorded and returned within the time limits prescribed in subdivision 3. In calendar year 2008,
at least 70 percent of all recordable instruments must be recorded and returned in compliance
with the recording requirements; for calendar year 2009, at least 80 percent of all recordable
instruments must be recorded and returned in compliance with the recording requirements; and
for calendar year 2010 and later years, at least 90 percent of all recordable instruments must be
recorded and returned in compliance with the recording requirements.
Subd. 5. Temporary suspension of compliance with recording requirements.
with the requirements of subdivision 4 may be suspended for up to six months when a county
undertakes material enhancements to its systems for receipt, handling, paying of deed and
mortgage tax and conservation fees, recording, indexing, certification, and return of instruments.
The six-month suspension may be extended for up to an additional six months if a county board
finds by resolution that the additional time is necessary because of the difficulties of implementing
Subd. 6. Certification of compliance with recording requirements.
Effective beginning in
2007 for the 2008 county budget and in each year thereafter, the county recorder and registrar of
titles for each county shall file with the county commissioners, as part of their budget request, a
report that establishes the status for the previous year of their compliance with the requirements
established in subdivision 3. If the office has not achieved compliance with the recording
requirements, the report must include an explanation of the failure to comply, recommendations
by the recorder or registrar to cure the noncompliance and to prevent a recurrence, and a proposal
identifying actions, deadlines, and funding necessary to bring the county into compliance.
Subd. 7. Restriction on use of recording fees.
Notwithstanding any law to the contrary,
for county budgets adopted after January 1, 2006, each county shall segregate the additional
unallocated fee authorized by sections
from the application of
the provisions of chapters 386, 507, 508, and 508A, in an appropriate account. This money is
available as authorized by the Board of County Commissioners for supporting enhancements to
the recording process, including electronic recording, to fund compliance efforts specified in
subdivision 5 and for use in undertaking data integration and aggregation projects. Money remains
in the account until expended for any of the authorized purposes set forth in this subdivision. This
money must not be used to supplant the normal operating expenses for the office of county
recorder or registrar of titles.
History: 2005 c 136 art 14 s 7
357.20 FEES OF REFEREES; AGREEMENT BY PARTIES.
The fees of referees shall be not less than $5 nor more than $25 each for every day spent in the
business of the reference, as shall be fixed and allowed by the court ordering the reference; but the
parties may agree, in writing, upon any other rate of compensation, and such rate shall be allowed,
any excess over the rate fixed by the court, as provided above, to be paid by the parties. In addition
to the referee's fees, and as a part of the same, the court may tax and allow the usual bailiff's and
reporter's fees, where a bailiff, reporter, or both, are employed in connection with the reference.
History: (7004) RL s 2707; 1921 c 279 s 1
357.21 SERVICES UNDER LEGAL PROCESS; APPRAISERS.
Where no express provision is made for compensation, appraisers of property taken on
writ of attachment or replevin, persons appointed under the legal process or order for making
partition of real estate, sheriff's aids in criminal cases, and private persons performing like
services required by law or in the execution of legal process are each entitled to $5 per day
and ten cents per mile for going and returning.
Appraisers of estates of decedents and of persons under guardianship are each entitled to
such reasonable fees for services as is allowed by the judge of the district court wherein the
proceeding is pending.
History: (7005) RL s 2708; 1909 c 17 s 1; 1925 c 330 s 1; 1951 c 339 s 2; 1995 c 189
s 8; 1996 c 277 s 1
The fees to be paid to witnesses shall be as follows:
(1) for attending in any action or proceeding in any court or before any officer, person, or
board authorized to take the examination of witnesses, $20 for each day;
(2) for travel to and from the place of attendance, to be estimated from the witness's
residence, if within the state, or from the boundary line of the state where the witness crossed it, if
without the state, 28 cents per mile.
No person is obliged to attend as a witness in any civil case unless one day's attendance and
travel fees are paid or tendered the witness in advance.
History: (7006) RL s 2709; 1961 c 561 s 12; 1974 c 515 s 1; 1983 c 13 s 1; 1983 c 359 s 42;
1986 c 444; 1994 c 636 art 8 s 4
357.23 WITNESS FEES OF OFFICERS OF MUNICIPALITIES.
No officer or employee of any city or county in this state shall receive or be paid any sum
as witness fees in any case in which the state of Minnesota, the county, or the city, of which the
witness is an officer or employee, is a party, if the case be tried in the witness's city of residence.
History: (7007) 1895 c 241; 1905 c 141 s 1; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1986 c 444
357.24 CRIMINAL CASES.
Witnesses for the state in criminal cases and witnesses attending on behalf of any defendant
represented by a public defender or an attorney performing public defense work for a public
defense corporation under section
, shall receive the same fees for travel and attendance
as provided in section
. Judges also may allow like fees to witnesses attending in behalf
of any other defendant. In addition these witnesses shall receive reasonable expenses actually
incurred for meals, loss of wages and child care, not to exceed $60 per day. When a defendant
is represented by a public defender or an attorney performing public defense work for a public
defense corporation under section
, neither the defendant nor the public defender shall be
charged for any subpoena fees or for service of subpoenas by a public official. The compensation
and reimbursement shall be paid out of the county treasury.
History: (7008) RL s 2710; 1973 c 689 s 1; 1974 c 375 s 1; 1983 c 13 s 2; 1991 c 345 art 1 s
89; 1993 c 146 art 2 s 17; 1994 c 636 art 8 s 5
357.241 JUVENILE COURT WITNESSES.
Witnesses in juvenile proceedings shall receive the same fees for travel and attendance as
provided in section
. In addition these witnesses shall receive reasonable expenses actually
incurred for meals, loss of wages, and child care, not to exceed $60 per day.
History: 1983 c 13 s 3; 1994 c 636 art 8 s 6
357.242 PARENTS OF JUVENILES.
In any proceeding where a parent or guardian attends the proceeding with a minor witness
and the parent or guardian is not a witness, one parent or guardian shall be compensated in those
cases where witness compensation is mandatory under section
may be compensated at the discretion of the judge when the minor is a witness on behalf of a
defendant in a criminal case or on behalf of a juvenile in a juvenile court proceeding. The court
shall award no more than a combined total of $60 to the parent or guardian and the minor witness.
History: 1983 c 13 s 4; 1983 c 216 art 2 s 9; 1986 c 444; 1994 c 636 art 8 s 7
357.25 EXPERT WITNESSES.
The judge of any court of record, before whom any witness is summoned or sworn and
examined as an expert in any profession or calling, may allow such fees or compensation as
may be just and reasonable.
History: (7009) RL s 2711; 1986 c 444
357.27 CORONER JURORS.
Each juror sworn before a coroner at an inquest shall receive $3 for each day's attendance and
ten cents for each mile traveled in going to and returning from the site of the inquest. The distance
shall be computed by the usually traveled route and paid out of the county treasury. The coroner
shall deliver to each juror a certificate for the number of days' attendance and miles traveled for
which the juror is entitled to compensation. Each juror sworn in any action pending before any
sheriff on a writ of inquiry, shall receive $3, to be paid, in the first instance in all civil actions, by
the party calling for the jurors. The certificate of the coroner for services rendered as a juror before
the coroner shall be filed with the county auditor, who shall draw a warrant upon the county
treasurer for the amount. The certificate shall be sufficient voucher for the issuance of the warrant.
History: (7011) RL s 2713; 1961 c 196 s 1; 1983 c 359 s 43; 1986 c 444
357.28 COURT COMMISSIONER.
Subdivision 1. Fees.
The fees to be charged and collected by a court commissioner shall be
as follows, and no other or greater fees shall be charged:
(1) for examining any petition, complaint, affidavit, or any paper wherein an order is
(2) for making and entering an order on the same, $1;
(3) for examining an alleged insane or inebriate person for commitment, $25;
(4) for hearing and deciding on the return of a writ of habeas corpus, $10 for each day
(5) for examination of judgment debtors in proceedings supplementary to execution and for
all disclosures in garnishment proceedings, in writing, 25 cents per folio;
(6) for all other services rendered by the commissioner, the same fees as are allowed by law
to other officers for similar services.
Subd. 2. Application.
Subdivision 1 shall not apply to any county containing a city of the
History: (7012) RL s 2715; 1915 c 203 s 2; 1949 c 462 s 1; 1955 c 666 s 1,2; 1965 c 117 s 1;
1965 c 681 s 3; 1986 c 444
357.29 SERVICES NOT RENDERED; ILLEGAL FEES.
No judge, sheriff, or other officer, or any other person to whom any fee or compensation is
allowed by law for any service, shall take or receive any other or greater fee or reward for the
service than allowed by law. No fee or compensation shall be demanded or received by any
officer or person for any service unless it was actually rendered, except in the case of prospective
costs. Any person violating either of these provisions is liable to the party aggrieved for treble the
History: (7014) RL s 2717; 1983 c 359 s 44; 1986 c 444
357.30 TAXATION FOR SERVICES NOT RENDERED; PROSPECTIVE COSTS;
ATTORNEY AS WITNESS.
No fees shall be taxed for services not rendered, except when otherwise expressly provided,
and upon entry of judgment or decree no prospective costs shall be taxed except for docketing the
same, unless the party demanding judgment shall require the costs of an execution or transcript
of judgment to be taxed, in which case it may be done. No attorney or counsel in any cause
shall be allowed witness fees therein.
History: (7015) RL s 2718
357.31 COPIES; ITEMIZED LIST; FEES UNIFORM.
The legal fees paid for certified copies of the depositions of witnesses filed in any court
administrator's office, or any documents or papers filed or recorded in any public office, necessarily
used on trial of a cause or on the assessment of damages, shall be allowed in the taxation of costs.
Any officer receiving fees shall, on demand, furnish an itemized list and receipt the same on
payment. On refusal to do so, the officer shall be liable to the party paying the same for three times
the amount paid. Every officer shall be entitled to the same fees for performing the same service.
History: (7016) RL s 2719; 1986 c 444; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82
357.315 COST OF EXHIBITS AND MEDICAL RECORDS.
The cost of obtaining medical records used to prepare a claim, whether or not offered at trial,
and the reasonable cost of exhibits shall be allowed in the taxation of costs.
History: 1992 c 569 s 23
357.32 WITNESS; WHEN AND HOW PAID.
When it appears that any witness subpoenaed or required to appear on behalf of the state has
come from another state or country or is indigent, the court may, by order upon the minutes, direct
the county treasurer to pay the witness a reasonable sum for expenses. When a prosecution in the
name of the state fails, or the defendant proves insolvent, escapes, or is unable to pay the fees
when convicted, they shall be paid out of the county treasury, unless otherwise ordered by the
court. The court administrator of court upon request of the county attorney or the attorney general
may issue subpoenas and compel the attendance of witnesses in behalf of the state or county
without payment of fees in advance; and, in criminal cases, the witnesses for the defendant shall
also be compelled to attend without payment of fees in advance, and failure to attend after being
served with a subpoena shall subject any witness to be proceeded against in the same manner
as provided by law in other cases where payment of fees is required to be paid in advance. The
court administrator of any court in which a witness has attended on behalf of the state in a civil
action shall give the witness a certificate of attendance and travel, which entitles the witness to
receive the amount from the county treasurer.
History: (7017) RL s 2720; 1979 c 233 s 2; 1986 c 444; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82
357.33 PUT IN COUNTY TREASURY.
Unless otherwise provided by law, every county official receiving a stated salary shall
receive the same in full compensation for all services and expenses whatsoever, and shall, on the
first Monday of each month, file with the county auditor a correct statement of all fees received,
and turn the same into the county treasury.
History: (7018) RL s 2721; 1986 c 444
357.39 CLERKS, CITIES OF FIRST CLASS.
Notwithstanding any law or laws or parts of laws of the state of Minnesota to the contrary,
the city clerk of each city of the first class in this state may and shall charge and collect fees for
the use and benefit of the city, in amounts and for purposes as follows:
(1) for filing any chattel mortgage, or duplicate or certified copy thereof, or assignment or
partial release or satisfaction thereof, and indexing, entering and certifying to the date of filing
same, for each instrument, 25 cents;
(2) for filing reports of chattel mortgage foreclosure sale, and indexing, entering and
certifying to the date of filing the same, for each instrument, 25 cents;
(3) for filing any promissory note, or conditional contract of sale, or copy of either thereof, or
memorandum of oral contract, or partial release or satisfaction of either thereof, and indexing and
entering and certifying to the date of filing the same, for each instrument, 25 cents;
(4) for filing statements of claims for motor vehicle liens, for each instrument, 25 cents;
(5) for making and filing wolf bounty certificates, and for each certified copy of such
certificates for each instrument, 25 cents;
(6) for filing notices of intention of attorneys to claim lien, and indexing, entering and
certifying to the date of filing same, for each instrument, 25 cents;
(7) for filing and indexing and entering powers of attorney, for each instrument, 25 cents;
(8) for filing certified copy of execution and return of levy by officer on bulky personal
property, for each instrument, 25 cents;
(9) for filing assignments of wages or salaries or orders and acceptances for wages or
salaries, for each instrument or order, 25 cents;
(10) for filing trust deeds containing chattel mortgage clauses or tenement leases containing
chattel mortgage clauses, and indexing, entering and certifying to the date of filing the same, for
each instrument, 25 cents;
(11) for filing assignments of debts, 25 cents each;
(12) for filing reports of proceedings for the sale of pledged personal property, for each
report, 25 cents;
(13) for all instruments except instruments specified in clause (5), the fee for certifying the
same shall be 50 cents for each copy certified. If copies of any of the foregoing instruments are
prepared by the clerk, the clerk shall charge and collect an additional fee of ten cents for each
one hundred words contained in each instrument furnished; provided, that the minimum fee for
the furnishing of any such instrument shall be the sum of $1.
History: 1949 c 472 s 1; 1986 c 444
357.40 COLLECTIONS CREDITED TO GENERAL FUND.
All fees received by any clerk of any such city under the provisions of section
be credited to the general fund of such city, and the amount of such fees shall not be considered
within the cost of government as determined under the provisions of any charter of any such
city of the first class.
History: 1949 c 472 s 2
357.41 CLERKS, CITIES OF FIRST CLASS IN COUNTIES OF 300,000.
Subdivision 1. Filing fee.
Notwithstanding any statute or charter to the contrary, the city
clerk of each city of the first class located in a county having more than 300,000 inhabitants may
and shall charge a fee of 50 cents for filing each instrument which is required by law to be or
which may be filed in that office.
Subd. 2. Additional fees.
For certifying each instrument the clerk shall make a charge of
$1, and if copy of an instrument be prepared, the clerk shall charge an additional fee of 20 cents
for each one hundred words contained in each copy prepared, the total charge thereof to be
not less than $2 nor more than $5.
Subd. 3. Fees credited to general revenue fund.
All fees received by any clerk of any such
city shall be credited to the general fund of such city, and the amount of such fees shall not be
considered within the cost of government as determined under the provisions of any charter
of any such city of the first class.
History: 1957 c 226 s 1-3; 1963 c 277 s 1; 1986 c 444