Big Stone County, MN

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Primary Contact

Elaine Martig - County Recorder

20 Second St SE
Suite 106
Ortonville, MN 56278

Phone: (320) 839-6390
Fax: (320) 839-6394

Other Staff

Laura Berger

Karol Scherer

Laredo On-Line Agreement

Downlad the Laredo On-Line Agreement here: Laredo On-Line Agreement

Marriage Licenses

Big Stone County is now accepting electronic marriage applications. You will find the emarriage application at the following website: To begin, click on "Start Application" and then follow the prompts. When the Application is complete, both applicants need to appear in person in our office. At that time, the Application will be printed and social security numbers will be entered in the appropriate places. We will ask to see and photocopy a picture identification (in most cases, your driver’s licenses), you will take an oath, and the Application will be signed. When planning to apply for a marriage license, remember that there is a five-day wait from application date to when the license can be issued, and the license expires in six months.

The regular marriage license costs $115.00; however, if the applicants have had 12 hours of instruction with a "licensed or ordained minister, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under Minnesota Statutes, section 517.18, or a person licensed to practice marriage and family therapy under Minnesota Statutes, section 148B.33," the fee would be reduced to $40.00. If you plan to utilize the reduced fee, please bring your Educator’s Statement when you come in to sign your Application. The Educator’s Statement form can be found by clicking on the link on the right side of this screen.

CRV Requests

Beginning October 1, 2014, all certificates of real estate value must be submitted using eCRV. County and city offices will no longer accept paper copies of the Certificates of Real Estate Value, except for sales that have occured before October 1, 2014.

The Big Stone County Recorder's office is located on the Main (or Second) floor of the Courthouse, and our office is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (including the lunch hour). Many reasons may prompt your visit to our office, as we have many departments and perform many functions that touch just about everyone’s life at some point in time.

We record real estate transactions, both for abstract and registered (or Torrens) property. Our land records go back to the late 1870’s, so the Recorder’s office has the history of all Big Stone County land transactions recorded since that time. We began eRecording in July of 2012. We are set up to eRecord with the following Trusted Submitters: Erecording Partners Network, Indecomm Global Services, Corporation Service Company (Ingeo), Nationwide Title Clearing, and Simplifile. If you are recording a real estate transaction—such as a deed, mortgage, satisfaction or plat—a link to our fee schedule is shown on the upper right corner of this page.

Military discharges, starting with World War I veterans, are recorded in our office. If you need a copy of the DD214 that was filed in our office, we can be of service to you.

We file Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) documents that affect personal property. We have been a satellite office for the Secretary of State since July 1, 2001.

We have the vital records (birth, death, marriage) for Big Stone County dating back to about 1880, so we see many people checking on genealogy. Since we are on-line with the Minnesota Department of Health, we are able to issue a certified copy of any birth record that occurred within the State of Minnesota. We can also issue certified copies of death records for any death that occurred within the State of Minnesota after 1996. Certified copies of death records that occurred in Big Stone County prior to 1997 can be obtained in our office also. In order to obtain certified copies of birth or death records, you must fill out a birth record application or death record application and show tangible interest. Provided the application is in order and the proper payment is submitted, we are usually able to mail the certificate(s) the day we receive the application.

We take marriage license applications for marriages to be performed in Minnesota and issue certified copies of any marriage recorded in Big Stone County since about 1880. The Minnesota County Recorder’s Association has developed a statewide search engine for marriages that have taken place in Minnesota, and the website that was created ( is available to the public. This website is a useful tool for genealogists or if you’re not sure where your marriage certificate was recorded. Although the website shows marriages that have taken place throughout Minnesota, the marriage certificates still do need to be obtained from the county where the license was purchased.

As you can see, there are many reasons to visit our office! Many things have changed in the past 100 plus years of Big Stone County record keeping (from recording in books with quill pens, to typewriters, to photocopying, and now to scanning and computers). However, we hope to always remain your local, friendly office.

Thank you for allowing us to be of service to you!