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

Nelson County, North Dakota Overview

Nelson County is located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The county was formed in 1883 and named after Dakota territorial legislator Nelson E. Nelson. The county seat is Lakota. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2018, the county has a population of approximately 3,126 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,009 square miles, of which 982 square miles is land and 27 square miles is water. Nelson County borders the following counties: Walsh County to the north; Grand Forks County to the east; Steele County to the southeast; Griggs County to the south; Eddy County to the southwest; Benson County to the west; and Ramsey County to the northwest. Nelson County has 10 zip codes. The zip codes are 58212, 58321, 58224, 58344, 58254, 58259, 58266, 58361, 58272, and 58380. The most populated zip code is 58344.

Nelson County Recorder and Ex-Officio Clerk of Court’s Office Information

The County Recorder is an elected official of Nelson County. In Nelson County, the Recorder also serves as ex-officio clerk of the district court. Some of the primary administrative duties of the County Recorder are receiving, time stamping, and filing the many documents presented for recording. The duties of the Recorder include:

  • Recording legal documents pertaining to real estate according to North Dakota statutes.
  • Maintaining tract indexes and plat records for all property in the county.
  • Filing Uniform Commercial Code liens, relating to personal property, on the State’s Central Indexing System.
  • Filing corner monument records.
  • Filing Wills for safekeeping.
  • Providing information to the general public, realtors, abstractors, and businesses.

As Ex-Officio Clerk of Court, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining court files, summoning jurors, and attending court when it is in session, are some of the responsibilities of the Clerk of Court. The Clerk of Courts is also called as the Custodian of all court records and is responsible for court records that include: traffic, criminal, civil, family, probate, and mental health. Other duties of the Clerk of Court is

  • Scheduling court hearings
  • Maintaining exhibits presented in court
  • Maintaining and managing the master jury list for the County
  • Monitoring all restitution, fines, costs, and fees owed by Defendants

In addition, the Nelson County Commissioners have designated the Recorder as the official to maintain the following “non-judicial” duties:

  • Issuing marriage licenses
  • Performing marriage ceremonies
  • Recording military discharge records
  • Accepting passport applications

Most county documents such as real estate records can be accessed via the North Dakota Recorder’s Information Network or NDRIN website. This service also allows users to search and print records 24/7. Interested parties can subscribe to NDRIN to gain access to land records. The link is given below:

The complete filing/recording fee schedule of Recorder and Ex-Officio Clerk of Court’s Office can be found in the following link:

For further information regarding birth certificate request/application form and fees, visit the following link:

For further information regarding death certificate request/application form and fees, visit the following link:

Nelson County Recorder and Ex-Officio Clerk of Court’s Office Website:

The physical address of Nelson County Recorder and Ex-Officio Clerk of Court’s Office is:
210 B Ave W Suite 203
Lakota, ND 58344-7410
Phone: (701) 247-2433 (Recorder)
Phone: (701) 247-2462 (Clerk of Court)
Fax: (701) 247-2412
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon and 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Becky Nelson is the County Recorder and Ex-Officio Clerk of Court of Nelson County. She can be contacted at (701) 247-2433 (Recorder)or (701) 247-2462 (Clerk of Court). You can also email her at renelson@nd.gov

Nelson County Recorder and Ex-Officio Clerk of Court’s Office Staffs:

Mirabella Punga, Recorder & Clerk of Court Administrative Assistant
Email: mpunga@nd.gov

Erin Fossen, Deputy Recorder Clerk of Court Administrative Assistant
Email: efossen@nd.gov

Nelson County Recorder’s Office
County Government Office

Address: 210 B Ave W # 203, Lakota, ND 58344, United States
Phone: 701-247-2433

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