FAQ – How to Become Licensed in MN as an Abstractor/Title Searcher

Minnesota Law states “No official, person, firm, association or corporation shall engage in the business of making abstracts of title and issuing certificates showing ownership of, or interest in, or liens upon any lands in the State of Minnesota, whether Registered or not, without first obtaining a license pursuant to the provisions of sections 386.62 to 386.76.”

  1. Submit your license application at Pulseportal.com
  2. Prepare for the State Exam. Take the Principles of Abstracting/Searching course to prepare for the state licensing exam to recognize all the offices, liens, certificates, standards of Conduct and laws. While there is no requirement for education, it is highly recommended if you want to pass the exam.
  3. Pass the State Abstractor Licensing Examination, which can be scheduled at Pearson-Vue (1-833-273-1946) Exam results are sent to Commerce electronically and they process the license after receiving all needed information.
  4. Obtain your Liability Insurance Policy and email to [email protected]. If you are submitting a surety bond instead of liability insurance, you must mail the original bond to Dept. of Commerce, Abstractor Licensing, 85 7th Place East Suite 280J, St Paul, MN 55101. When approved, your license can be printed from the Pulseportal site.
  5. Obtain your Abstractor’s Seal to be used on Abstracts and Certifications.
Principles of Abstracting

About Our Course

Abstracting, Searching and Land Records Management is a comprehensive course that will help prepare you for the state licensing examination. It specifically covers Minnesota Abstracting Laws, Abstract and Registered Lands, the Public Offices to be searched and the indices required to be maintained by the offices. The general contents for the Minnesota State Licensing Examination are covered, including legal descriptions, elements of real property; transfer and alienation of title; land use controls; conveyances and encumbrances. Additionally, the course covers research and compilation of Abstracts of Title (including indices, search requirements, taxes and assessments, name searches, and certificates.)

Content has been updated through December, 2020.

The typical student spends 30 hours on this course.