Guide to filing construction documents in Freeborn County, Minnesota

Contractors and suppliers working on a project within Freeborn County should get familiar with the Freeborn County Recorder. This is the office that records documents related to the property, including mechanics liens and notices.

This page contains all of the information construction businesses need to file liens and other documents with the Freeborn County Recorder, including locations, hours, fees, form downloads, and more..

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The mechanics lien rules in Minnesota can be complex. Before recording a lien in Freeborn County, read Filing a Lien in Minnesota: A Step-by-Step Guide to make sure you understand the process, and common mistakes.

Download Freeborn County Recorder Forms:

Lien FAQs for Freeborn County

What types of documents can I file at the Freeborn County Recorder?

This office records a variety of property-related documents, including:
Mechanics lien
Lien release
UCC lien

Which office records mechanics liens in Freeborn County, Minnesota?

Filing in person

You can file your Recorder in person at the Freeborn County Recorder's Office, located at:
411 Broadway S
Albert Lea, Minnesota, MN, 56007

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

If you need more information, you can call them at (507) 377.5130.


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Who can file a lien in Freeborn County?

If you provided labor or materials on a construction project located in Freeborn County, Minnesota, then your mechanics lien should be filed here. However, every state has specific rules about who has the right to file a lien, including notice requirements and specific deadlines. To make sure you are allowed to file a lien, visit the Minnesota Mechanics Lien Guide & FAQ page.

What is the deadline to file a lien claim in Freeborn County, Minnesota?

In Minnesota, your deadline to file a mechanics lien is dependent upon your role in the project. In general:
General contractors have 120 days to file a lien after the date of last furnishing labor or materials. Subcontractors and suppliers have 120 days to file after date of last furnishing labor or materials.

What are the Freeborn County Recorder fees to file a lien?

Here are the costs to file a mechanics lien in Freeborn County, Minnesota:
For indexing and recording any deed or other instrument the fee is $46

Recording offices do update their fee structure periodically. We recommend contacting the Freeborn County Recorder to verify the recording costs, especially before mailing a document.

Visit the Freeborn County Recorder fees page for the latest information.

What forms of payment are accepted at the Freeborn County Recorder?

Freeborn County Recorder accepts the following forms of payment:

Check or Money order

How do I release a lien in Freeborn County once I’ve been paid?

To cancel a lien previously recorded with the Freeborn County Recorder, you will need to record a lien release.
Lien release fee:

How do I get copies of documents from the Freeborn County Recorder?

In Freeborn County, filed documents are public record. Copies of mechanics liens and other property documents are available upon request from the Freeborn County Recorder.

In person

411 Broadway S Albert Lea, 56007


Certified copy: Certified copies of any records or papers, $10;

Conformed copy: $2