The current McLean County Recorder is Beth A Knutson of Washburn. Knutson was appointed to a 11-month position effective February 1, 2012. She was elected to fill the remainder of previous Recorder's term in 2012 and was elected to a full term in 2014. The Recorder acts as a custodian of all land records in the county and must process a large variety of instruments. The documents include all varieties of deeds, instruments of conveyance, probate instruments, mortgages/mechanics liens and other lien-type instruments, easements involving utility companies and highway rights-of-way, oil and gas, coal, gravel and farm lease, contracts for deeds, satisfactions/releases of mortgages, affidavits and many other documents. Up until August of 2001 the Recorder was known as the Register of Deeds.
Knutson is a member of the State Recorders Association. The Recorder staff includes: Deputies Heidi Anderson and Pandora Hummel and Data Entry Clerk Cassie Goetz.
Online access to the McLean County Recorder's land records is available through the North Dakota Recorders Information Network (NDRIN). NDRIN is a subscription service and is available for $25.00/month. McLean County's records are available online from January 1, 1997 to present. Currently 42 of North Dakota's 53 counties are publishing data to the NDRIN internet website, with varying years of information. In 2008, the NDRIN subscriber list had climbed to over 600. For further information log on to www.ndrin.com or call 701-364-1280 (High Plains Technology, 1351 Page Dr. #106, Fargo, ND 58103).
For guidelines, fees, and other information regarding document recording, please click here.
In early 2015, the Recorder's office began offering passport services to the citizens of McLean County. To apply for a passport you will need one photo; an acceptable form of indentificaton; evidence of citizenship; a completed application; and payment at time of service. For more information, please click here.
On August 1, 2015, the Recorder's office assumed responsibility for the issuing of marriage licenses and the authority to solemnize marriages. The duties were formerly performed by the Clerk of Court's office.