Fee Schedule

Civil Process Fees

Fees charged by the Sheriff's Office for different types of civil process functions are established by the Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners. Fees are reviewed by the Sheriff's Office periodically and any proposed changes are discussed with other Sheriff's offices in Southwestern Minnesota, so they remain fairly consistent.


A deposit, check or cash, must accompany legal processes submitted for service. When legal processes submitted for service is not accompanied by a deposit the original documents and affidavit of service will be held and an invoice will be sent to attorney/creditor. When payment is received a receipt, original papers and affidavit will be returned.

The deposit is a guarantee of payment for services to be provided. Once the civil process is completed, the Sheriff's Office service fees are subtracted from the deposit amount and any remaining balance will be refunded. If the service fees are greater than the deposit with the Sheriff's Office, the customer will be invoiced for the balance due at the time the process is returned. Customary deposit amounts are:

Single service

For multiple services at same address add a $35.00 incremental increase for each additional service.
Originating within MN  $65.00
Writ of Execution – Service Fee $65.00

Fee Schedule

Per Person Service $65.00
Mileage (3 attempts included) $10.00 (after 3 attempts)
Legal Not Found $65.00
 Return of Process when service is not made $65.00
Execution Commission (based on the total amount seized, collected or stipulated by the parties as a result of the Sheriff’s Levy) 10% on first $250 and 6% remaining balance
Executions Returned – not satisfied $65.00
Postings – 3 public places $65.00
Vacancy $65.00
Mortgage Foreclosures $100.00
Mortgage Redemptions $250.00
Intent to Redeem (each lien) $100.00
Document Delivery Fee – following redemption $20.00
Mortgage Foreclosure – non-cancellation fee of sale $50.00
Additional Fees:  
Fingerprinting (by appointment) $10.00
Local Records Check – Original signed release authorization $.25 / page
Accident Reports – Insurance Companies $.25/ page
 CD/DVD - Recording/Photo Fees $20.00/per disc
Copy Fee $0.25/page

Updated 01/07/20 approved by Cottonwood Co. Commissioners