Guide to filing construction documents in Stearns County, Minnesota

Contractors and suppliers working on a project within Stearns County should get familiar with the Stearns 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 Stearns 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 Stearns County, read Filing a Lien in Minnesota: A Step-by-Step Guide to make sure you understand the process, and common mistakes.

Download Stearns County Recorder Forms:

Lien FAQs for Stearns County

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

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

Which office records mechanics liens in Stearns County, Minnesota?

Filing in person

You can file your Recorder in person at the Stearns County Recorder’s Office, located at:
3301 County Road 138 Room 2203
Waite Park, Minnesota, MN, 56387

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

If you need more information, you can call them at (320) 656-3855.


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Who can file a lien in Stearns County?

If you provided labor or materials on a construction project located in Stearns 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 Stearns 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 Stearns County Recorder fees to file a lien?

Here are the costs to file a mechanics lien in Stearns County, Minnesota:
$46.00 per document, with no page limit

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

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

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

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

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

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

In person

3301 County Road 138 Room 2203 Waite Park, 56387


Certified copy: $10.00 per document (Flat fee)