Lookup Public Records in Clay County, Minnesota. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Clay County, Minnesota Overview

Clay County is located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The county was formed in 1862 and named after Henry Clay (1777-1852), Kentucky statesman and ninth secretary of state of the United States (1825–1829). The county seat is Moorhead. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2013, the county has a population of approximately 60,661 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,053 square miles of which 1,045 square miles is land and 7.3 square miles is water. Clay County borders the following counties: Norman County to the north; Becker County to the east; Otter Tail County to the southeast; Wilkin County to the south; Richland County, North Dakota to the southwest and Cass County, North Dakota to the west. Clay County has 13 zip codes. The zip codes are 56514, 56519, 56525, 56529, 56536, 56546, 56547, 56549, 56552, 56554, 56560, 56580 and 56585. The most populated zip code is 56560.

Clay County Assessor’s Office Information

The Assessor’s Office is responsible for an equitable assessment of real and personal property by estimating the fair market value and determining the classification of each parcel in Clay County for property tax purposes. Property valuations and classifications are made by state accredited and certified assessors from within the county office or by assessors hired by townships and cities.

Nancy Gunderson is the County Assessor of Clay County. Gunderson can be contacted at (218) 299-5017 or via email at assessor@co.clay.mn.us

The mailing address of the Clay County Assessor’s Office is:

Clay County Courthouse
P.O. Box 280
Moorhead, MN 56560

The physical address of the Clay County Assessor’s Office is:

Clay County Courthouse
807 11th St. N.
2nd Floor
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: (218) 299-5017
Fax: (218) 299-5195
Email: assessor@co.clay.mn.us
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Clay County District Courts Office Information

The District Court maintains a record of each case filed in this county only, including felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor cases. Except for specific exceptions, the records of the District Court are open for inspection during regular business hours. Individuals can inspect the records and request copies of the file documents for a fee.

Shelly Jeffers is the Court Administrator of Clay County. Jeffers can be contacted at (218) 299-5065.

The physical address of the Clay County District Courts Office is:

Clay County Courthouse
807 11th St. N., 1st Floor
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: (218) 299-5065
Fax: (218) 299-7307
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The filing/recording fee schedule for Clay County District Courts Records can be found in the following link:

To access Clay County Court Forms, visit the following link:

Clay County District Courts Website:

Clay County Recorder’s Office Information

The Recorder’s Office’s mission is to promptly record, file and preserve documents accurately for posterity and legal purposes. The Clay County Recorder is the custodian of all legal records pertaining to: real estate; birth; death; marriage; marriage credentials; notary public registration and state / federal tax liens.

Kimberly S. Savageau is the County Recorder of Clay County. Savageau can be contacted at (218) 299-5031 or via email at recorder@co.clay.mn.us

The mailing address of the Clay County Recorder’s Office is:

P.O. Box 280
Moorhead, MN 56560

The physical address of the Clay County Recorder’s Office is:

807 11th St. N.
P.O. Box 280
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: (218) 299-5031
Fax: (866) 908-2452
Email: recorder@co.clay.mn.us
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The filing/recording fee schedule for Clay County Recorder’s Office can be found in the following link:

Clay, MN Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-200973,686
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-2009893
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-2009312
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-2009180
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009950
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009956
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-2009775
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-20092,899
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-2009245
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-20092,435
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-2009466
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200920,991
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-2009168
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-200932
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-20093,937
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-2009578
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-20098
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-200920,778
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-20091,991
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-200960
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-2009605
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-2009453
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-2009639
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-200946
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-2009239
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20094,437
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-2009148
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-200966
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-2009162
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-200956
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-20095,724
Clay County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Clay County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Marriage License – Ch. 551, 551.101 – 551.111 and Barring of dower; antenuptial pecuniary provisions – Ch. 558, §558.16
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:Clay County Marriage License
Location:Clay County Auditor/Treasurer, 807 North 11Th Street, Moorhead, Minnesota, 56560
Phone:218-299-5031

Clay County Recorder’s Office
County Government Office

Address: 807 11th St N, Moorhead, MN 56560, United States
Phone: 218-299-5031

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