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Responsibilities & Services
The county recorder's primary function is maintaining land records for the county by recording real estate documents. Our land records go back to the late 1800s. Through the years, records have been handwritten, typed, microfilmed (1973-2000), and (most recently) computer imaged for preservation.

Other Functions
Other functions of the recorder's office are:    
  • Marriage certificates
  • Marriage Officiant Credentials filing 
  • Notary    
  • U.S. passports

No marriage or passport applications can be made after 4:30 pm unless special arrangements are made and real estate documents should be received by 4:00 pm for same-day recording.

Contact Us

Karla Doll
County Recorder 

Watonwan County Courthouse
P.O. Box 518
710 Second Ave. S.
St. James, MN 56081

Ph: (507) 375-1216
Fx: (507) 375-1215

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed from noon to 1:00 pm