Prior to this week, if an individual wanted to access
documents pertaining to land records Wright County, they were required to come
to the Wright County Recorder’s Office to obtain copies of those documents.
But, that has changed thanks to the county now offering individuals and real
estate professionals to access LandShark.
LandShark is a web-based tool for research and
retrieval of land record documents that date back decades. Among the
information available on the site are Torrens data and document images dating
back to 1955, active Torrens Certificate images dating back to 1910 and
abstract data and document images dating back to 1977.
For those who routinely deal with land records,
subscriptions are available, but Wright County Recorder Tanya West said the
primary benefit to one-time or occasional users is that they can retrieve the
documents they’re searching for immediately.
“We now have the ability for anyone who is an
occasional user to get into LandShark and not only search for the data, but
download the images they’re looking for,” West said. “There are some extra fees
for that because they’re not subscribers, but it allows anybody to now download
images from a remote location.”
Prior to the installation of LandShark into the
Recorder’s record system, individuals could see the data that was associated
with a property, but could not see the documents themselves or have the ability
to obtain copies when they went to the website.
“Before now, people could go on to LandShark and they
were using a basic public user name and password,” West said. “Anybody could
use that public user name and password. Now, it’s individualized. Everyone will
do a self-registration to enter the site. Previously, they were only able to
see data. They could do a search on their property and they could see that there
was a deed or a mortgage or a lien filed against their property, but they
couldn’t see the actual documents. They would have to come to our office or
call us and send us a check to go through the process of having us get them the
information they needed. Now, they can download it on the spot from their home
and don’t have to come to our office to get the images they’re looking for.”
For occasional users, there is a remote access fee of
$10 per session and a cost of $1 per page of images downloaded, payable by
entering a credit card number. It is still less expensive to come to the
Recorder’s Office to get the copies they need, but, for many, the time used to
come to the Wright County Government Center to obtain copies of those same
documents is worth the price in terms of travel costs and time savings.
To learn more about LandShark, there is a link on the
Recorders page on the Wright County website (https://landshark.co.wright.mn.us/LandShark/about.jsp?aboutKey=LandShark)
that explains the process. For regular users of LandShark, an enhanced remote
access agreement and escrow request form can be purchased. Those with questions
are encouraged to contact Kelly Day of the Recorder’s Office at (763) 682-7359.