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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 online through the Office of the Secretary of State or by completing a Registration Form. A registered buyer receives a list each month from the Office of the State containing all products, counties and crop years.

Registration is made for a 12-month period. Registered farm product dealers must renew their registration on or before the 12-month anniversary of their registration or subsequent 12-month anniversaries.

Email List Distribution
Email notifications will include a link to the monthly lists. The email is sent the following month in which registration takes place, and every month thereafter. Buyers will be able to view lists in their "Download Inventory" located in the Minnesota Business and Lien System (MBLS).

You have the option to view your monthly list in two formats:

  • Excel Spreadsheet is a single file in comma-delimited format where filtering, sorting and searching can be done.
  • PDF where you can look up a debtor name using the index that will be provided.

Paper List Distribution
Each month list issuance is a complete list that contains all products, counties and crop years. An index will be provided to look up a debtor name.

 

 

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Last updated: 12/5/2014 12:38:38 PM