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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Central Notification System (CNS)

Minnesota's Central Notification System for Farm Product Liens became effective on July 1, 1993. The Office of the Secretary of State is responsible for operating the system, processing all CNS Filings and Searches and producing the lists of information which are supplied to registered buyers of farm products.

The Central Notification System is a method for buyers of farm products to receive information about outstanding liens against farm products that they buy. Information from secured parties is presented for filing at the state level. Staff at the Office of the Secretary of State prepare and distribute this information via monthly lists to buyers of farm products who have registered to receive the information.

Buyers use the information to determine if a payment for a farm product should be made to the seller and the secured party jointly. This prevents buyers of farm products from having to pay twice for the same product which is commonly known as double jeopardy.

Registering as a buyer is done through the Office of the Secretary of State by completing a Registration Form.  A registered buyer receives a list each month from the Office of the State containing specific information as requested by the buyer on the registration form.

A buyer's registration is good for one year and must be renewed every year by June 30 in order to continue to receive a monthly list. A buyer may amend, change, or terminate their registration at any time by contacting us at or 651-296-2803.

Forms and Fees are provided for filing.

Persons registered for CNS Buyer lists should download a spreadsheet of CNS debtors who should be searched for by name and address, not unique ID number.

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Last updated: 7/21/2011 1:48:34 PM