Well Disclosure Certificates

When is a certificate required
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.

When is a certificate not required
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."

To find out if a previously filed Well Certificate is on file with the Minnesota Department of Health, you call from Minnesota 800-383-9808 or outside Minnesota 651-201-4587 or search the Minnesota Department of Health's Well Disclosure Database.

The Well Disclosure Certificate form is available on the Minnesota Department of Health's web site. The filing fee is $50.

For information on well management, to search the Well Disclosure database or to obtain forms, see the Minnesota Department of Health Well Disclosure website. You may contact the Minnesota Department of Health regarding Well Disclosures at: 651-201-4600 or 800-383-9808.