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There are 5 County Commissioners, each one representing an area of the County.
Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., except for holidays. Please note: The Law Enforcement Center and Jail hours may vary. The License Bureau hours are extended to 6:00 P.M. on Thursdays.
On June 13, 2017 the Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 17-30 implementing a special ½ percent County-wide sales tax to fund transportation.
Revenue generated from the sales tax is dedicated to fund transportation related projects identified in the Sales Tax Implementation Plan. Resolution 17-30 limits the collection of the sales tax to the period of October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2022 or until revenues raised.
A Public Hearing was held at the 5-04-17 County Board Meeting. Information presented at the Public Hearing may be viewed below:
Call Wright County Administration at 763-682-7378 with any questions or comments.
State law requires that the value and classification of real estate be established as of January 2 each year. The Assessor’s Office works throughout the year to estimate the market value of each property for the following January 2 assessment date.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact our office at 763-682-7367.
The homestead classification applies to properties occupied as primary residences by their owners.
Classification as a homestead may qualify the property for:
Certain relatives can qualify for homestead treatment.
Parents, grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews of the owner or of the spouse of the owner.
Relative homesteads do not qualify for a property tax refund.
You may receive a fractional homestead based on the number of owners to occupants in the home. If there are two (2) or more owners, the homestead will be granted to the percentage of which owners actually occupy the home. You will also receive a fractional homestead if you are married and your spouse does not occupy the property to which you are apply for homestead.
To qualify for homestead, you must:
In order to determine that you meet all of the above criteria, your County Assessor may ask you to verify the address on your Minnesota driver’s license, the address where you are registered to vote, your primary mailing address, or other factual information.
No; you may only have one homestead in the state of Minnesota. If you change your primary residence during the year, you may apply for homestead at the new residence.
According to Minnesota Statute 273.124 (g) …..
(g) If an individual is purchasing property with the intent of claiming it as a homestead and is required by the terms of the financing agreement to have a relative shown on the deed as a co-owner, the assessor shall allow a full homestead classification. This provision only applies to first-time purchasers, whether married or single, or to a person who had previously been married and is purchasing as a single individual for the first time. The application for homestead benefits must be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and must contain the data necessary for the assessor to determine if full homestead benefits are warranted.
You must own and occupy a property as well as apply by December 31 to qualify for taxes payable in the following year.
If your property has been granted homestead classification, you do not need to reapply.
However, the County Assessor may at any time ask you to provide an additional application or other documentation to verify that you continue to meet the requirements for homestead treatment.
You can search for your property ID by address through our online property search at this website: https://web.co.wright.mn.us/proptax/
You do not need to enter the “R” with the property ID. It should however, include the hyphens and be in the following format: XXX-XXX-XXXXXX.
All owners who occupy the property and their spouse are required on the application, whether the spouse lives at the requested homestead location or not.
Children are not required on the application.
No, there is nothing additional that needs to be attached or uploaded to the homestead application.
Please make sure all questions have been answered and that they are in the proper format for the field and no extra spaces have been added.
If all fields are formatted properly, and all questions have been answers, hit tab to exit the last field entered, and the “NEXT” button should highlight.
If you are still having problems moving to the next screen, please contact our office.
For more information on the property tax refund, please visit the Department of Revenue’s website at www.revenue.state.mn.us.
No, Wright County will never be an internet provider. The County intends to partner with established internet providers and pay the cost of laying fiber to extend and strengthen services to rural areas, areas which are currently underserved or not served at all. The County will be partnering with internet providers who show plans to expand service of Wright County to ensure more areas will receive access to internet.
Wright County is involved in this by running internet speed tests, community surveys, meetings with providers, and paying for the providers to expand services to rural areas, underserved areas, and unserved areas to allow access for greater numbers.
The intent of using American Rescue Plan funds for broadband is to provide the ability for more internet providers to expand services into portions of the county. However, it is up to those private businesses to determine where they provide service; the County will have no involvement in the process.
The price each household pays monthly for internet services is dependent on the plan the household agreed to and the providers price schedule. The County has no involvement in monthly costs as the County Government is not an internet provider.
No. The County will be paying for the installation of fiber using the federal funds awarded through the American Rescue Plan.
No. You would continue paying for your own internet services only.
Wright County Planning and Zoning issues building and land use permits for all Townships in the County except for Corinna, Middleville and Stockholm Township. Our office also does permitting for the city of South Haven. We also handle septic system permitting for all Townships (except for Corinna and Middleville), as well as St. Michael, Albertville, and Hanover. You can apply for permits at the Wright County Government Center. Some permits (roofing, siding, doors/windows, fireplaces) can be applied through the mail. Call or visit our Building Permit Information page for more details.
Most building projects require permits, including new building construction, reroofs, siding, windows, heating/cooling, fireplaces and plumbing. Call for specific questions or visit our Building Permit Information page.
To make a complaint, you can contact the general intake office at Wright County Human Services. The intake social worker will gather relevant information and pass it on to a licensing investigator. Reporters are kept confidential.
Reports can be made by calling 763-682-7481 or via email.
Children age 7 and under should not be left alone for any period of time
Children ages 8 -10 not more than three hours
Children ages 11 -13 not more than 12 hours
Children ages 14 - 15 not more than 24 hours
Children ages 16 - 17 may be left alone for over 24 hours with a plan in place concerning how to respond to an emergency.
Reports alleging inadequate child care arrangements may be screened in for a child protection response according to the following guidelines:
Children under age 11 should not provide child care
Children ages 11-15 who are placed in a child care role are subject to the same time restrictions of being left alone as are listed above
Children ages 16-17 may be left alone for more than 24 hours with adequate adult back up supervision. Note: If children are left alone at the time the report is received by the local child welfare agency, and the circumstances fall outside of the timelines listed above, the local agency may refer the matter to local law enforcement for a child welfare and safety check.
You can call the Tenth Judicial District Public Defenders' Office at 763-682-4306. Their office is located at:
105 Center Drive
Buffalo, MN 55313.
You should contact the Attorney General's Office at 800-657-3787. The Attorney General's Office provides links to a number of valuable resources, and provides information about obtaining publications explaining the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants.
There are five divisions of court:
Civil Division – 763-682-7639
Probate Division- 763-682-7639
Criminal/Traffic Division- 763-682-7548
Somecommon examples of civil cases are: Unlawful detainer (eviction), name change,quiet title, implied consent, mortgage foreclosure, condemnation, contracts,forfeiture, harassment (HRO restraining order), minor settlement, rent escrowor conciliation (small claims) cases.
Someexamples are a case that involves a divorce, annulment, legal separation, childcustody, paternity, child support, order for protection (OFP restraining order)
Examplesof this case type include any case that involves an estate or will, theguardianship or conservatorship of a person, or a commitment case.
Some common juvenile cases arejuvenile petty offense, juvenile traffic offense, juvenile delinquency,truancy, runaway and children in need of protection or services.
Anytraffic ticket (citation) or criminal charges (petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor,gross misdemeanor, or felony)
You canrequest a postponement of jury service by emailing MJBJury@courts.state.mn.us
You should state your full name, your juror number if available, the reason you are requesting postponement and your preferred month of service. Your request will be reviewed and you will receive a response from court personnel in the mail. Please know that there are some limitations regarding postponing or excusing people from jury service. Documentation may be required.
WrightCounty Court Administration address: Wright County Government Center, 10 2nd Street NW, Room C201, Buffalo, MN 55313 (near Peterson Funeral Chapel and Buffalo Lake)
If you use the north entrance (near funeral home), turn immediately right after entering, at the endof the hallway you will see the stairs/elevator. Go up the stairs/elevator to the 2nd floor. The counter at the top of the stairs is C201 - Court Administration. You will need to go through Court Security at this point.
If you use the south entrance (facing lake) cross the lobby to the north entrance and follow the directions above.
If you have an attorney, your attorney must file the request to continue your hearing. If you are not represented by an attorney, you should first contact the other party in your case and see if they are in agreement with your request to continue the hearing. Put your request in writing and file it with court administration and the opposing party as soon as possible before the hearing and indicate in your request if the opposing party is in agreement with this continuance. Include your contact information so you can be notified of the judge’s decision on your continuance request. You also need to send a copy of your continuance request to the other party and complete an affidavit of service (found in the forms link at http://www.mn.courts.gov) and fileit with your continuance request.
Find an application at this link: http://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/CourtForms/PD-Application-Form-Aug-2012.pdf?ext=.pdf
Information about paying fines is here: http://www.mncourts.gov/Pay-a-Fine.aspx
Casualdress is appropriate. Jurors are notallowed to wear hats, chew gum, or use tobacco products. Wireless internet is available for use in theJury Assembly Room. Electronic devicesmust be shut off and not used in the courtrooms. More information about Jury Duty can be foundat: http://mncourts.gov/jurors.aspx
Beforeyou can enter the court administration area/courtrooms you must go through thesecurity area. All items you arecarrying will be searched and you will walk through a metal detector andjackets/belts may need to be removed to go through the metal detector. This is done to prevent court users frombringing prohibited items into the courtroom area and courtrooms. It is also done to protect the safety of all participants. If youhave questions or concerns, ask the court security deputies
Once you are through security, look at the wall monitors for the names of the parties who have casesscheduled that day, as well as the courtroom number where the hearing willoccur. Go into the courtroom and checkin with the courtroom clerk. Confidential cases (for example, certain juvenile cases) will only listthe court file number. If you do not seeyour name on the screen, go to the Court Administration counter and ask forassistance. You may need to provide identificationif the matter you are inquiring about is confidential.
The 10th District Self-Help Center can provide information about court processes and procedures, can review forms for completeness and can provide assistance in locating free or low-cost legal services and programs including legal advice clinics. The Wright County Law Library is located in Room 240 and can assist you with locating legal materials, researching legal issues, and obtaining court forms. Note that the Self-Help Center and Law Library, cannot provide legal advice.
10th District Self-Help Center website: https://www.lawhelpmn.org/files/1765CC5E-1EC9-4FC4-65EC-957272D8A04E/attachments/0B5D63D3-8F6E-44C4-8604-E016D8B55663/10th-self-help-center-brochure-v.5.0docx.pdf
Wright County Law Library website: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/197/Law-Library
The program is a minimum of 14 months. The program is divided into five major phases with the first at least two months in length and the remaining phases at least three months in length.
1. Wright County resident
2. Age 18 or older
3. Charged with a non-violent offense that does not involve a firearm, it not considered trafficking, occurred primarily to support the offender’s drug habit
4. Dependent on illicit drugs and are at substantial risk of reoffending or failing to complete a less intensive disposition (High Risk/High Need)
Hearings are held every Thursday, at 1:30 p.m., at the Wright County Government Center. Participants are required to appear in court on a regular basis. How often they attend depends primarily on their phase. Failure to appear will result in a warrant for their arrest and detention in jail until they can appear in the next drug court session.
The judge may ask questions about the participant’s progress and discuss any problems he/she may be having. If participant is doing well, he/she could be rewarded with an incentive. If not doing well, the judge will discuss that with him/her and determine future action, which could include a sanction in order to help the participant remember their goals in the program. Sanctions can be anything from increased program requirements to jail time.
Real Estate Tax Statements will be mailed by March 31 for the current year. Tax Statements for manufactured homes will be mailed by July 15 for the current year.
You can view, print or download a copy online here. Enter in your property ID number and click on the Tax Statement Tab. You can also call 763-682-7577.
Indicate the address change on the back of your payment stub or call 763-684-8617. You can also send a message to Property Taxes, providing your name, phone number, property address and/or PID and new mailing address.
In person: Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.*
Dropbox: Located at the north doors of the Government Center and on the 2nd floor near the Finance & Taxpayer Services Office. Dropboxes are emptied each weekday morning.
Online: Pay Property Taxes Credit cards and e-checks accepted.*
By Mail: Wright County Taxpayer Services 10 2nd St. NW, Room 230 Buffalo, MN 55313
*additional fees apply for all credit card and e-check transactions
Property taxes are due in two installments. If the tax is less than $100, or less than $50 for a manufactured home, the entire amount is due by the first half date. Due dates vary based on the type of property you have. Please check your tax statement if you are not sure.
Real Estate: May 15 and October 15Agricultural property: May 15 and November 15Manufactured homes: August 31 and November 15Personal Property (not including manufactured homes): May 15 and October 15. Some personal property is due in full by May 15.
Yes, If your payment is postmarked by the due date, it will be a timely payment and no penalty will be charged.
Penalty amounts are set by Minnesota Statute and are applied the next business day after the due date. Additional penalty is added the first of each month that the tax remains unpaid. A chart detailing the penalty amount can be found on the back of your tax statement. Failure to pay the tax by the end of the year in which it's due will result in additional fees and interest, and the parcel will be placed on the Delinquent Tax List.
Tax statements are always mailed to the owner of record as of January 2. Details about tax responsibility can be found by checking your settlement, or by contacting the title company that handled the closing. You can check the balance due of your taxes or obtain a duplicate copy of the tax statement here.
The Assessor's Office handles homestead applications. The online application can be found here. If you have additional questions regarding homestead, please call 763-682-7367.
A tax statement is always mailed to the owner of record. If your mortgage company has indicated that they will be paying the taxes, the phrase "do not pay, your taxes have been sent to your escrow agent" should appear on your payment stubs.
You should already have been receiving tax statements each year in March. Please check with your mortgage company to find out what tax payments have been made, or are scheduled to be made, on your behalf this year. You may also check your balance here.
Property tax refunds are handled by the State of Minnesota. You can find out additional information by visiting their website or by calling 800-652-9094. Wright County does not have access to refund information and cannot provide you with any updates.
The manufactured home park where your home is located pays property taxes on the land and any buildings in the park they own. You , as a manufactured home owner, are assessed a personal property tax on the home itself.
For questions about:
Special Assessments: 763-682-7573
Ditch Assessments: 763-682-7583
Mailing Address Changes: 763- 684-8617
Escrow Payments: 763-684-4540
Other tax questions: 763-682-7584 or 763-682-7572
Name and site address: Please contact the Recorder's Office
Value and classification of your property: Please contact the Assessor’s Office
Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., except for holidays. Please note: The Law Enforcement Center and Jail hours may vary.
A Right-of-Way permit is required to to any work within a County Highway Right of Way. You can contact the Permit Technician at 763-682-7706 or find the permit information at the following website http://www.co.wright.mn.us/199/Permits-Forms
Call Financial Intake at 763-682-7400, or 800-362-3667, ext. 7400.
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The transfer fee is based on the age and amount paid for the vehicle. If you want to know the fee, please stop in with your vehicle identification number (VIN) or plate number and we would be glad to help calculate the fee for you.
Yes, if you are the registered owner, come in with your plate number and insurance information. We will print a prebill for you. If you are not the registered owner you will need a signed form from the registered owner giving you permission to purchase the tabs.
The registered owner needs to apply for a duplicate title. We can look up the record with the driver's license and vehicle number.
You will need your title, insurance company, policy number and policy expiration date. If there is a loan on the vehicle we will need your financer's name, street address, city, state and zip code. We will also need the date of the loan and the odometer reading of your vehicle.
You need to PURCHASE your tabs by the last day of the month you have displayed on your vehicle. THEN you have 10 days into the next month to put them on. Law Enforcement can write a ticket if your tabs are not purchased by the first day of the next month.
You will need to provide the insurance company, policy number and expiration date of your insurance policy. We cannot sell you tabs without current information.
To purchase a hunting or fishing license, regardless of your age, you must either have your SSN on your DNR customer file or provide your SSN as a part of your license application along with a State ID. If you have a SSN, but refuse to provide it, you will be denied a hunting or fishing license.
If you are the registered owner of the recreational vehicle, you need to bring in your driver's license and the registration number off the vehicle.
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards. The Act refers to federal anti-terrorism laws and regulations that control access to the following:
The At prohibits federal agencies like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from accepting cards for official purposes from states that do not meet minimum security standards.
Important Things to Remember
REAL ID applicants should be sure to have all required documentation with them at the time of application. Visit the Required Documents page for a full list.
Yes, we process Enhanced Driver's Licenses or Identification Cards and REAL ID from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. On Thursdays, please be here by 5:15 p.m. Please make sure you have the proper documents with you when you apply. For more information see the FAQ - What do I need to bring with me to apply to get a REAL ID/DL?
Please make sure you have all the proper documents with you when you apply for a REAL ID/DL. Specific Document Requirements.
Minnesota has a few identification options for residents to choose from.
Determining which type of license or ID card works best depends on what a person needs to use the card for.
Standard Driver's License or ID Card
Enhanced Driver's License or ID Card
REAL ID Compliant Driver's Licenses or ID Card
Find out which license or ID card best fits your needs by reviewing a full comparison chart.
Yes, you can apply for your permit at this location if you have already been to a Driver's License Exam Station to take your written permit test.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) (Class A, B or C)
No. Anyone new to Minnesota or returning to Minnesota with a Driver's License from another state has to take the written exam at a Driver's License Exam Station.
Please ensure that you have Proper Identification Documents.
No. The fine has to be paid in the same county that you received your ticket in. (Wright County tickets are paid at the Wright County Court Administration Office).
Please make sure you have the proper documents with you when you apply.
Please call Financial Services Intake at 763-682-7400. Applications are also available at:
Wright County Human Services
1004 Commercial Drive
Buffalo, MN 55313
You can register for programs by calling the Parks & Recreation Department, by email, or online.
Permits to carry are renewed at the county sheriff’s office where the applicant currently resides. Out of state permits holders can renew at any sheriff’s office
Our office provides addresses for all Townships except for Middleville and Stockholm. Addresses are assigned at the time of a building permit.
At property transfer, all septic systems are required to be certified as compliant. If the septic system isn't compliant, an escrow account must be created to upgrade the septic system after transfer.
Septic systems also may need to be certified before permits are issued in Shoreland areas, or for bedroom additions anywhere else in the County.
Click on Beacon and find your property. Once you've located the parcel, click on "Zoning" under the "Planning and Zoning" layer.
The Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Program schedule can be found on the monthly calendar. View Calendar or Full Schedule & Explanation of Services.
Visit Child Passenger Safety. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 763-335-0280.
Wright County Public Health has a confidential family planning program. Free pregnancy tests; education and condoms; clinic visits; and birth control may be provided at low or no cost. Call 763-335-0280 or visit our webpage for more information.
The Sage program by the Minnesota Department of Health provides free breast and cervical cancer screening plus follow-up services to eligible women. Women should be age 40 or older; uninsured or underinsured; income within our guidelines. Exceptions may be made for younger women with a family history of breast cancer.
Call 888-6-HEALTH (888-643-2584) to make an appointment with a participating local clinic or visit the Sage website for more information.
Children must remain in a federally approved, properly secured restraint until they reach 8 years old, unless the child is 4’9” or taller. For further details on the Minnesota Child Passenger Restraint Law, visit the Office of Traffic Safety.
Immunization information is available on the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Immunization information regarding shots is available on the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Information regarding international health is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Information is available on the following websites:
Call Wright County Public Health at 763-335-0280.
Call your medical clinic where the shots were given, or call Wright County Public Health (WCPH) at 763-335-0280. WCPH has access to the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC), the statewide registry.
Expired or damaged car seats can be recycled at the Wright County Compost and Recycling Facility. Contact information and a complete list of all accepted items can be found on the
Marriage licenses can be obtained from the Recorder's office located on the 1st floor at the Wright County Government Center. The application process can be time consuming. Please arrive at the Recorder's office by 4 pm to assure adequate time. If you would like to start the process, you may begin by completing an eMarriage Application at home or you can use the public terminals located in our office. We will print the application when you arrive to apply for the license. Both parties must appear in person to complete the application process.
You can file by mail or in person in the Recorder's office. Phone: 763.682.7357 (press 6)
On the Recorder's office home page under "Related Documents", click on "Torrens Property". There is a list of all the Torrens properties in our County. If your property is not listed then it is Abstract. NOTE: If your property is metes & bounds and contains a Section, Township and Range within the legal description you may want to contact our office to confirm whether or not it's Torrens. Phone: 763.682.7357 (press 3)
The cost for copies is $1.00 per page - mail a check with a self addressed return envelope to the Recorder's Office. Public users can register for our occasional remote access through Landshark and access real estate data, images and pay online 24/7.
You can go to our website (www.co.wright.mn.us), Land Records Search (Landshark), Public Users can register and create a username and password. Public Users can search by name or legal description and see document data. To view images you will have to enter credit card information and pay $1.00 fee per page plus $10.00 remote access fee 24/7. If you have questions you can contact the Recorder's office at Phone: 763.682.7357 (press 1) or schedule an appointment at the Recorder's office to view documents in our public access area (appointment only).
To a obtain a copy of the satisfaction contact the Recorder's office at Phone: 763.682.7357 press 1 for assistance, copies are $1.00 per page.
All military discharges are recorded in the Recorder's office, however, you must contact the Veteran's Services Office in order to facilitate the filing of your DD214 or obtain a certified copy of your DD214 that has been previously filed. Contact Veteran's Services at Phone: 763-682-7325 for more information.
We do non-criminal/civilian fingerprints for adoptions, gun permits, teachers, and many other reasons. We currently do these at the Sheriff’s Office at 3800 Braddock Ave NE, Buffalo, We are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. This office is closed on holidays. There is a $15 fee for county residents and out of county residents and businesses. We prefer appointments but will take walk-ins. For appointments and/or more information call 763-684-2384.
The charge to serve most civil process is $70 fee. If there are two separate parties to be served the cost is $30 per person or business served. There are different fees for other process but the $70 fee covers about 80% of all actions.
You can call and leave a brief message on Inmate Voicemail by dialing 763-515-4160. DO NOT leave personal information or PHONE CARD numbers on the voice mail.
Jail visiting hours are as follows:
We do have a dress code for visitors, no tank tops or other low cut/revealing shirts or tops, shoulders must be covered.
During Calendar year 2021 the Average Daily Population (ADP) of the Wright County Jail was 150 persons, with an average length of stay of approximately 16 days. There were 3,901 adult bookings and 23 juvenile bookings.
The Wright County Sheriff's Office provides information on adults in custody for public viewing via an internet connection. Jail Media Report is a listing all adults recently booked into the Wright County Jail. The Jail Census is a complete listing of adults currently in custody. These reports are updated and published daily, Monday - Friday, with the exception of holidays. Look up who is currently in jail by viewing the Jail Roster.
For questions about law enforcement services or a particular deputy you should call Captain Todd Sandin at 763-684-4508.
Each year approximately 2,600 warrants are issued in Wright County.