The Clearwater County Recorder is the custodial of all legal records pertaining to:

  • Real Estate
  • Birth
  • Death
  • Marriage
  • Notary Public
  • Abstracting
  • Tract Index Searches
  • Owner's and Encumbrance Reports
  • State and Federal Tax Liens 
  • Military Discharges

Our Office is an agency for Minnesota Public Safety and issues and renews Minnesota Drivers Licenses and Minnesota Identification Cards.

When acting as the Registrar of Titles, the Clearwater County Recorder reviews each document before recording to determine if the document will cloud title, similar to when an attorney examines an abstract for abstract property. When property is held in trust, estate or is part of a court proceeding, the Examiner of Titles issues a Directive to the Registrar of Titles regarding how to proceed.

Minnesota Historical Society Birth Certificate and Death Certificate Index Search
Minnesota Official Marriage System Public Access (MOMS) This index was created to assist customers in finding a marriage certificate on file with in the State of Minnesota.

 Landshark Available to Subscribers

Clearwater County offers Landshark, which is an online subscription to access certain County databases and electronic data compilations. 

The subscriber agrees to pay the County, non-refundable charges:

$50.00 initial account set-up (one time charge)

$50.00 monthly subscription (paid one month in advance)

$2.00 per document downloaded

Initial set-up payment may be made by check or through the escrow system. Other charges on the remote access system shall be made in advance through the escrow payment system.

Landshark User Profile Application
Landshark Agreement Form

The County, at it's sole option may interrupt the enhanced remote access to its databases and electronic data compilations at any time, without prior notice, and for any reason.  Interruption for backups, downed systems, etc. will and may occur without notice and for any reason


 Minnesota Drivers License Renewal and Identification Card

The Clearwater County Recorder's office is the local connection to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety in reference to drivers license renewal and identification cards.

Our office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. except for legal holidays.

Drivers License Requirements Drivers License Fee Chart

 MN Department of Public Safety Division of Driver and Vehicle Services

Did you know that you can now do the following on the web? Visit

  • Renew your vehicle registration
  • Report the sale of your vehicle
  • Check on your driver's license status
  • Change your motor vehicle address


 Applying for Marriage License When One Party Cannot Appear

If one of the parties cannot appear in person at the Local Registrar's Office at the time of application for marriage, the applicant appearing will complete a full application supplying all of the information for both parties.  The supplemental application must be completed by the non appearing marriage applicant.  A copy of the marriage application made by the appearing party will appear on the reverse side of the application.

 Military Discharges

It is recommended that you contact the Clearwater County Veteran Services Officer for a certified copy of a military discharge; however, you can also obtain them at the Recorder's Office.