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 p.m. unless special arrangements are made and real estate documents should be received by 4 p.m. for same-day recording.

  1. Karla Doll

    County Recorder

  2. Physical Address
    710 Second Ave S
    Watonwan County Courthouse
    St. James, MN 56081


    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 518
    St. James, MN 56081

    Fax: 507-375-1215


    Monday through Friday 

    8 a.m. to Noon

    1 to 4:30 p.m.