MINNESOTA STATUTE CHAPTER 508
CONVEYANCING & REGISTRATION

508.01 REGISTRATION.  
Real estate in Minnesota may be registered under provisions of chapter 508 in the manner provided herein.

508.02 REGISTERED LAND ADVERSE POSSESSION EXCEPTED.
No title to registered land in derogation of that of the registered owner shall be acquired by prescription or by adverse
possession.

508.23 CONTENTS OF DECREE
Subdivision 1. Every decree of registration shall be signed by one of the judges of the district court. It shall contain an
accurate description of the land as finally determined by the court, and set forth any other facts properly to be
determined by the court. Immediately upon the filing of the decree of registration, the court administrator shall file a
certified copy thereof with the registrar.

Subdivision 1a. Judicial determination of boundaries. If one or more boundary lines are judicially determined, the
land description in the decree of registration shall make reference to thatfact and to the location of the judicial
landmarks that mark the boundary lines. When any of the boundary lines are registered, the court administrator also
shall file with the registrar a certified copy of the plat of the survey which contains a certification by a licensed land
surveyor that the boundaries registered have been marked by judicial landmarks set pursuant to the order of the court.
The registrar of titles shall enter the certified copy of the plat of the survey as a memorial upon the certificate of title
issued for the land registered by the decree. If any of the adjoining lands are registered, the decree of registration shall
direct the registrar of titles to show by memorial upon the certificates of title for the adjoining lands which of the
boundary lines of these lands have been determined in the district court case.

Subdivision 2. When a decree of registration is entered for an appurtenant easement only, it shall include the
description and certificate of title number of the fee simple estate to which it is appurtenant. The registrar of titles shall
not issue a separate certificate of title for the easement, but shall enter the easement as a memorial upon the certificate
of title issued for the designated fee simple estate. Upon the issuance of a new certificate of title for such fee simple
estate, the registrar of titles shall omit the memorial of the easement and place the easement in the new certificate of
title immediately following the description of the fee simple estate to which the easement is appurtenant.

508.46 PLATS OF REGISTERED LAND.
The owner of registered land may plat the same and subdivide it into lots and blocks in like manner as in case of
unregistered land. All laws with reference to the subdivision and platting of unregistered land shall apply with like force
and effect to registered land excepting only that the surveyor's plat thereof shall be filed with the registrar.

508.47 REGISTERED LANDS; TRANSFER, SURVEYS.
Subdivision 1. Conveyances.
No voluntary instrument of conveyance purporting to
convey or affect registered land shall take effect as a conveyance, but shall operate only as a contract between the
parties, and as authority to the registrar to make registration. The act of registration shall be the operative act to convey
or affect the land.

Subd. 2. Registered land survey. The registrar of titles may require that the owner of a parcel of unplatted registered
land, who conveys any part thereof which is not a full government subdivision, or simple fractional or quantity part of a
full government subdivision, shall first file with the registrar of titles a drawing in triplicate of said parcel of unplatted
land, showing the tract or tracts being or to be conveyed, which drawing shall be known as a "registered land survey.
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  • Minnesota Statutes 505   Regular subdivision plats

  • Minnesota Statutes 508 and 508A   Registered Land Survey plats (RLS)   

  • Statute 515B   Common Interest Community Plats - CIC   (Condominiums,
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EXAMPLE OF OLDER REGISTERED LAND SURVEY PLAT
land parcel tracts are alphabetically numbered
Example of regular subdivision plat of real estate
land parcels created are lots in a block numerically numbered
EXAMPLE OF CIC PLAT (CONDOMINIUM PLAT)
shows building units and common areas (common elements)