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Who Needs an Abstracter License


If you have questions about whether a license is required, please consult the License Minnesota website at http://www.license.mn.gov/. Click on "A-Z Indexes" or "Browse by Topics." If the information there does not answer your question, please send an e-mail to licensing.commerce@state.mn.us that explains your activities as specifically as possible.

386.61, Subd. 2. Licensed abstracter. "Licensed abstracter" means any official, person, firm or corporation obtaining licenses pursuant to the terms of sections 386.61 to 386.76; and includes

(1) present duly qualified and acting county recorders not now prohibited by law from making abstracts;

(2) any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of making abstracts of title and issuing certificates showing ownership of, or interest in, or liens upon any lands in the state of Minnesota, whether registered or not.

386.62 License.
No official, person, firm, association or corporation shall engage in the business of making abstracts of title and issuing certificates showing ownership of, or interest in, or liens upon any lands in the state of Minnesota, whether registered or not, without first obtaining a license pursuant to the provisions of sections 386.61 to 386.76.

2830.0060 Employing Licensed Abstracters.
Every person, firm, or private corporation engaged in the business of abstracting in one county only shall have in its employ persons who are licensed abstracters. Every person, firm, or private corporation engaged in the business of abstracting in more than one county in this state shall have at least one person who is a licensed abstracter for each county in which it maintains an abstract office, provided that no person may satisfy this requirement for more than one abstract office. No licensed abstracter may fulfill the requirements of this part for more than one company at any one time. Every person, firm, or private corporation engaged in the business of abstracting shall comply with the requirements of this part.

386.73 County recorders, may employ licensed abstracters.
Nothing herein shall prohibit any county recorder who does not hold a certificate of authority pursuant to the provisions hereof from employing a licensed abstracter and issuing abstracts pursuant to sections 386.61 to 386.76.

386.74 Rights of county recorders not abridged.
Sections 386.61 to 386.76 shall not apply to nor abridge the rights of county recorders, as set forth in section 386.37.

386.75 Practice of attorneys not abridged.
Nothing herein shall limit or abridge the rights of a duly licensed attorney at law in the attorney's practice in the state of Minnesota.

There is no exemption from the abstracter licensing requirements for an attorney or a county recorder who is in the business of preparing abstracts.