Commonwealth Recorder's Office
Commonwealth Recorder's Office

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Commonwealth Recorder's Office

On January 19, 2021, the Commonwealth Recorder’s Act of 2020 (“Act”) was signed into Public Law 21-39, repealing and reenacting 1 CMC §§3701–3712. In response to this Act, on June 16, 2021, the NMI Supreme Court adopted the NMI Judiciary Rules of Electronic Recordation, 2021-ADM-0007-RUL.

The NMI Judiciary Rules of Electronic Recordation outlines the types of documents the Commonwealth Recorder’s Office will accept moving forward. Public law 21-39, 1 CMC §§3701–3712, and 2021-ADM-0007-RUL can be found at cnmilaw.org.

The CRO also has an alternate office site at the Marianas Business Plaza (MBP), second floor, suite 204. Business hours for this location are from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm  for research appointments. 

Please be noted that the CRO is in the process of completely digitizing all of its records. Records stored at MBP are 2017 and older and records stored at the Guma Hustisia are 2018 to present. 

Commonwealth Recorder’s Office Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Disclaimer: The information provided below does not and should not be construed as legal advice. Instead, this FAQs are for general informational purposes only. Further, the FAQ may not constitute the most up-to-date information. Readers should contact their lawyer to receive advice on any particular legal matter.

Commonwealth Recorder's Office
  • What is a title search? And who conducts the title search?

  • A title search is a process of examining the public record on the history of a piece of property to determine legal ownership. It also determines whether there are any liens, encumbrances, easements or other issues affecting land interest.

  • A. A title search is conducted by a title researcher and/or a title company.  The Recorder's Office does not provide a title search.

  • Can you give me the title to my property, and can you tell me if the title is clear?

  • A. No, the Recorder’s Office does not give title. Title describes a person’s right to legal ownership and use of a property, often in the form of a deed.

  • A. The Recorder’s Office does not determine clear title. Such determination is made by conducting a title search performed by a title company or an attorney.

  • What is a deed of reconveyance?

  • A deed of reconveyance is a document that shows transfer of a property’s title from lender to borrower. Generally, such document is issued after the mortgage has been paid in full. 

Filing Fees

Type of Service
Fee
All Other Recordings
$20/1st pg. $2 each add’l pg.
Electronic or Print Copies of Maps
$50/pg
Recording of Maps
$25/pg
Copy of UCC Documents
$2/pg.
Recording of UCC Documents
$20/1st pg. $2 each add’l pg
Recording of Marriage Certificate
$25
Recording of Documents (Deeds, Leases, Assignments and Other Conveyances)
$20 1st/pg. $2 each add’l pg.

Uniform Commercial Code – FINANCING STATEMENT– FORM UCC-1 Instructions 

  • Please type this form in black font. If you are handwriting, please be sure the form is legible.

  • The completion of Item 1 is optional. Do not write in Box B.

  • If the goods are to become fixtures on real estate, this Financing Statement is to be filed in the real estate records.

  • If collateral is crops or goods which are or are to become fixtures, check the appropriate box in Item 6. Describe in Item 6 the real estate by description sufficient to identify it.

  • If there is a record lessee, give his name; otherwise give name of record owner.

  • Send or deliver original and duplicate to the following Address:

The CNMI Superior Court
ATTN: Commonwealth Recorder’s Office
P.O. Box 500307
Saipan, MP 96950

  • Filing fee for this form is $20.00 as it is prescribed by Commonwealth Recorder’s Office and in accordance with Administrative Order 2017-ADM-0003-MSC—Judiciary Fee Schedule.

  •  If you have any questions, please call the numbers listed above.

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Uniform Commercial Code – FINANCING STATEMENT CHANGE– FORM UCC-2 Instructions 

  •  Please type this form in black font. If you are handwriting, please be sure the form is legible.

  • Send or deliver original and duplicate to the following Address:

The CNMI Superior Court
ATTN: Commonwealth Recorder’s Office
P.O. Box 500307
Saipan, MP 96950

The duplicate may be picked up after recordation of the original.

  • Filing fee for this form is $20.00 as it is prescribed by Commonwealth Recorder’s Office and in accordance with Administrative Order 2017-ADM-0003-MSC—Judiciary Fee Schedule.

  •  If you have any questions, please call the numbers listed above.

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Uniform Commercial Code –REQUEST FOR INFORMATION OR COPIES– FORM UCC-3 Instructions

  • Please type this form in black font. If you are handwriting, please be sure the form is legible.

  • Place X in the appropriate box to indicate whether this form is being used for a request for information or a request for copies.

  • If you do not know whether or not there is on file any presently effective financing statement or statement of assignment naming a particular debtor, and you desire such information and also copies of such financing statements or statements of assignment, if any, place X in both boxes.

  • Send or deliver original and duplicate to the following Address:

The CNMI Superior Court
ATTN: Commonwealth Recorder’s Office
P.O. Box 500307
Saipan, MP 96950

The duplicate may be picked up after recordation of the original.

  • Fee for request for information is $20.00 as prescribed by Commonwealth Recorder’s Office and in accordance with Administrative Order 2017-ADM-0003-MSC—Judiciary Fee Schedule. If you require copies, the fee is $2 per page.

  • If you have any questions, please call the numbers listed above.

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Forms

    Request for Land Records

    Request for Marriage Record

 

UCC Financing Statement 

    UCC-1 form-instructions

    UCC-form1

UCC Financing Statement  Change

    UCC-2-form-instructions

    UCC-2-form

UCC Request for Information or Copies

    UCC-3-form-instructions

    UCC-3-form

We are Open

@ Guma Hustisia

Monday - Friday

8:00 am to 12:00 pm 

for document recordation, requests, and inquiries.