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The Minnesota property tax system is based upon the Ad Valorem system. Ad Valorem utilizes the premise that taxation should be based upon value. Well maintained property will be commanding more value from buyers, and hence will experience a higher value than properties that are not maintained.
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Visit www.jailatm.com or visit the Correctional Facility to drop off money in the Public Lobby Kiosk.
Visitation is offered Monday through Friday, starting at 8:00 a.m. The last visit begins at 8:30 p.m. Each visit is 20 minutes in length.
Call the inmate message line at 218-233-3914.
This service is available by appointment only. You can contact Anna at 218-299-7267 or by email The fee is $10.00 cash and you must bring exact change.
The Correctional Facility is located at 800 9th St. N,, Moorhead, Minnesota. Report to door number 1, located on the north entrance of the building. A phone is available inside the lobby to notify jail staff you are reporting.
The 2 tests that have the most health significance are coliform bacteria, an indicator of bacterial pollution, and nitrate nitrogen, an indicator of a failing septic system, fertilizers or natural occurrence. If you have questions, call 218-846-1465.
The lab can only tell the consumer their water is safe to drink based on the results of the test provided; this does not guarantee that something else isn't in the water.
Mailbox posts can be purchased from the Highway Department, but must be installed by the mailbox owner. The cost is currently $72. Mounting instructions and an assembly sheet is provided with each mailbox post.
Please see the Clay County Mailbox Placement and Maintenance Policy for detailed information regarding mailboxes.
Any construction in rural Clay County requires a building (zoning) permit. Including:
A permit must be issued before any construction can begin. A Building Permit Application can be printed at home or picked up at the:
The Planning Office
3510 12th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56560
After an applicant or contractor completes an application, it must be presented to the township for their approval. Some township officers will just sign them independently, but some townships require the applicant to come to a township meeting. After that, the application must be returned to the Planning Office, with payment, to receive final approval.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) are available on the Clay County website. The Planning and Zoning staff can assist with looking up flood zones for specific parcels on the maps, they can be reached by telephone at 218-299-5005 or by email.
Clay County Probation uses a portion of the adult supervision fees collected in the county for the Juvenile Offender Restitution Program.
These monies are used to repay a crime victim that has documented a personal financial loss. If a juvenile does not have the ability to repay the victim they can be assigned to this program and complete community work service hours.
These hours are computed at $10 per hour and a check is sent to the victim by Court Administration.
We also need non-licensed volunteers in the event of a public health emergency whom are willing to work with a variety of people with various skills to better their community.
Clay County Public Health offers influenza vaccinations at the Family Service Center. It is located at 715 11th Street N.Moorhead, MN 56560
Please call for an appointment at 218-299-7777. The cost is $40. If you have Medicare and Minnesota Medical Assistance, claims can be filed to insurance. Insurance cards are required.
View the Marriage License webpage for information.
View the Reduced Marriage License Fee webpage for information.
Clay County can issue Certified Birth Certificates for people born in Minnesota to an authorized requestor. Birth records prior to 1932 may require additional processing times. Identification, such as a government issued photo ID, is required to obtain a certified birth certificate.
Check Vital Records Services at the U.S. Department of State for information on where to call or write for vital records in other states.
The records in the Clay County Recorder's Office can be viewed in person at:
3510 12th Ave S Moorhead, MN 56560
Hours:Monday - Friday8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you have a document number and need a copy mailed or faxed, the Clay County Recorder’s Office will be happy to help you at the time of payment.
Recording is the 1st priority. If a request is mailed or faxed, we will do limited research at no charge as we have time available. There is a charge for copies and faxing. Requests are processed in the order they are received. If you need research done quickly, contact an abstractor, attorney, title company or some other type of researcher to help you.
Clay County does not sell any legal real estate forms. FM Printing is the forms distributor for Clay County. They can be contacted by calling 218-233-1531 or visiting the business located at:
710 Main Ave.Moorhead, MN 56560
The Minnesota Department of Commerce provides free public access to forms as a convenience for the public. Our staff is prohibited from providing legal advice, including which form you need for your situation for how to fill in a form. If you have questions regarding these forms, we strongly recommend you speak with an attorney.
Minnesota Department of Commerce
If a transferring document requires a Certificate of Real Estate Value, well information is also required. If there are no wells on the property, the transfer document must contain a statement attesting to this fact, such as:
"The seller certifies that the seller does not know of any wells on the described real property."
If there is a well(s) located on the property, a completed Well Disclosure Certificate must accompany the transferring document, or if the seller can make the following statement on the transferring document, a Well Disclosure Certificate is not needed:
"I am familiar with the property described in this instrument and I certify that the status and the number of wells on the described real property have not changed since the last previously filed Well Disclosure Certificate."
The Well Disclosure Certificate Form, in addition to further information regarding wells, is available on the Minnesota Department of Health's website.
The Clay County Recorder’s Office does not provide abstracting services. You may contact an independent abstract company for abstracting services.
To determine if a piece of property is abstract or torrens, search the parcel on the Clay County GIS Map and the property type will display
Foreclosures are not filed with the courts in Minnesota like they are in North Dakota. We do not automatically have a list of pending foreclosures.
Searchers can search all foreclosure type documents taken in daily and view the documents at the Clay County Recorder's Office, which is located at:
3510 12th Ave SMoorhead, MN 56560
To view upcoming sales, view the Sheriff’s Office Calendar
To obtain a copy of a police report, Email the Records Division or call (218) 299-5151.
Please Click Here to visit Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services for more information.
We are in the Law Enforcement Center at 911 11th Street North, Moorhead, MN. Our building is located directly north of the Clay County Courthouse. After entering the Law Enforcement Center, ask for the Sheriff‘s Office at the front counter. You will be directed to the Administrative Office.
Clay County contracts with the Father’s Resource Program through Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership to assist clients with completing Pro Se forms for various court actions such as modifying their child support order, establishing custody, or establishing parenting time. Call 218-632-3600 or online at
Child Support Online
Yes. ApplyMN is Minnesota’s secure, online system you can use to apply for cash assistance, SNAP (food support), emergency help, and childcare assistance programs. To apply for health care coverage please visit mnsure.org.
Inquire via mnsure.org. If you need assistance in applying for health care, you may contact a MNsure navigator to set up an appointment or you can contact your county office for more information. If you are 65 or over, certified disabled through Social Security Administration, or are receiving Medicare, please contact your county office for the appropriate application.
SNAP can help you get the food you need for sound nutrition and well‐balanced meals. The program issues electronic benefits that can help stretch your food budget. SNAP is not intended to meet all your food budget needs.
GA helps Minnesotans with little or no income meet their basic needs. It offers a small monthly cash grant to people with serious illnesses, disabilities, or other issues that limit their ability to work. GA is "interim aid" to help while other sources of income are put in place.
MFIP is Minnesota’s program that assists low‐income families with children to economic stability through work. The MFIP grant includes a cash grant, food assistance, and employment services. Parents must meet work rules immediately or their MFIP grant will be reduced.
Please call 1‐888‐997‐2227 for a replacement EBT card to be mailed to you.
Please contact our office at 218-299-5200. You can also submit an application through ApplyMN.org
Please call our office at 218‐299-5200
Please visit https://www.childcareawaremn.org/ for the most up to date list.
All payments must include your case number and/or social security number to ensure payment is applied to the correct case. Clay County Collections has several options to accept payment. We accept cash, checks, money orders, or credit/debit cards.
*A percentage of the payment amount is charged for using this service. Credit and debit cards will be charged 1.95% of the payment amount. Personal Visa debit cards have a flat rate of $1.95. The minimum fee for all payment methods is $1.95
You can pay taxes online or via conventional options.
Young people between the ages of 10 and 19 years who have committed a crime which is punishable in the adult system as well as youth who have been sentenced by the Courts. Youth on Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction (EJJ) may remain in the facility until their 21st birthday.
Young people ages 11 and 18 who need emergency care, consequences, or a 30-day evaluation.
The facility maintains a highly structured and comprehensive schedule. While at the facility, youth attend onsite school, physical education, various group programming, counseling sessions, and other programmed activities. Staff work closely with youth to teach pro-social behaviors and to provide insight into how their thinking controls their behavior.
The overall average stay is about 16 days. However, However, a variety of factors determine the youth's overall stay including offense, prior history, Court involvement, family involvement, and community safety.