County Recorder

Contact Information:
Jackie Babbitt, County Recorder                   

Debra Bahr, Deputy Recorder

Phone: (701) 642-7800

Fax: (701-) 642-7820

Physical Address:
418 2 Ave N
Wahpeton, ND 58075

Mailing Address:
418 2 Ave N, Dept. 20
Wahpeton, ND 58075

Our Mission

  • As a land Records office, we are to maintain a permanent record of all documents, which we record.
  • To provide and maintain a permanent database for property records search.
  • To provide quality service and information to our customers.

This office is responsible for the following:

  • Recording any and all types of documents which affect title to real property in Richland County ND
  • Filing Wills for safekeeping
  • Filing Corner Monument Records
  • Filing Burial Permits
  • Military discharges are filed for record, and certified copies are provided to the individual or the veteran service officer at no charge
  • Other duties include maintaining non-judicial records, issue marriage licenses and can officiate civil marriage ceremonies.

How do I transfer property?

In most cases, you will need to have a deed drawn up to transfer property.  We advise you to contact a real estate attorney or title company.  We do not have forms available and cannot assist you with the legalities of such documents.  North Dakota is a race to record state.

How do I obtain a copy of my deed?

You may request a copy of your deed either in person, by phone, by mail or e-mail.  It is helpful to have the legal description of your property.  Copy fees are $1/page.  A Certified copy is $5 for the first page, $2 for each additional page.  To fax or e-mail a document is an additional $3 fee.  Payment is required up front.  Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. You may also subscribe to the NDRIN website.  It is a subscription-based site with most counties in North Dakota.

Recording Fees - Requirements


Marriage Information


Richland County Recorder’s Office accepts documents for recording electronically (ERcording).

If you are interested in eRecording documents please contact one of the following vendors that partner with us.


Indecomm Global Services

Corporation Service Company

ePN Recording Partners



Birth or Death Records:

UCC/CNS (Uniform Commercial Code/Central Notice System) (ND Secretary of State):



Ditch Mowing Deadline-October 1, 2023

County Road 1 Year-Round Restriction Map

Transportation Permits available online through LoadPass Permits:

State Drain Tile Application 80 Acres or Greater

State Drain Tile Notification Less Than 80 Acres

Recurring Events:

County Commission Meets the 1st and 3rd  Tuesday @ 8am
Water Resource Meets every Tuesday @ 8am

Recent Meeting Minutes

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