Recording Information

Recording Fees
Recording:  FEES AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2016, 
Any document that meets recording requirements, no matter what kind of document it is, or how many pages it has, will be $30.00 to record. Refer to MCL 600.2567

Any additional fees explained below:

Assignment and Discharge Fees:

For any document which assigns or discharges more than one Liber and Page reference:

$3.00 shall be added to the recording fee for each additional instrument so assigned or discharged.

Warranty Deeds - Land Contracts:

A tax certificate must be obtained from the County Treasurer's Office prior to recording any of the following:

Warranty Deed

Any Deed which contains a covenant of warranty

Land Contract

Assignment of Land Contract with warranty clause

Master Deed for Site Condominium

Tax Certificates:
$5.00 for up to 5 legal descriptions; ($.20 per additional description over 5)





Requirements for Recording a Document

**Review the REQUIREMENTS FOR RECORDING a document with Register of Deeds.**

Common Recording Errors
Signatures or Mark of the person must be original; names must be typed or printed beneath all signatures.  MCLA 565.201  Sec. 1 (a)
No discrepancy shall exist between names of each person as printed, typed or stamped beneath their signature and the name as recited in the acknowledgment or jurat on the instrument. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (b)
Notary Public Name whose signature appears upon the instrument must be legibly printed, typewritten or stamped upon the instrument immediately beneath the signature of that notary public. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (c)
Names of all parties must appear on instruments that convey or encumber real estate. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (a),565.203
Name and Address of person who drafted the document must be shown on the document. MCLA 565.201a
MCLA  565.203
Addresses of  each of the grantees must appear in each deed of conveyance or assignment of real estate, if not, the post office address legibly printed, typewritten, or stamped on the instrument. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1
A certified copy of the death certificate or proof of death must be recorded as a separate document and referenced by Liber & Page on said document when "Survivor" language is present. MCLA 565.48
Court Orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court. MCLA 565.401, 565.411
Document must be: Legibly typewritten or printed, black ink, type size 10 point, white 20lb paper, with a blank margin of 2 ½" at the top for the first page and ½" on all other margins.  Paper size must be 8 ½" x 11" and not larger than 8 ½" x 14". (information applies to any attachments, as well) MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(e), 
(f) (i-vi); Sec. 2
Documents must display on the first line of print on the first page a single statement identifying the recordable event that the instrument evidences. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (f) (ii) Subject to subsection (3); H.B. 5023
Total consideration of property transaction must be stated on the face of the document or affidavit attached.   MCLA 207.504, 207.525
State and/or County Transfer Tax Exemptions must properly apply to document. MCLA 207.526;
MCLA 207.505
MCLA 207.527;
MCLA 207.506
MCLA 207.510;
MCLA 380.503
Document date on any conveyance of lands worded in substance as follows: "A.B. conveys and warrants to C.D." is missing. MCLA 565.151
Any changes to the Grantee Line on Deeds must have initials of both Grantor and Grantee.  This also applies to any reduction in consideration amount.  
Tax Certification from Treasurer's Office must appear on Deed. MCLA 211.135 (General Property Tax Act 206 of 1893)
Insufficient Recording Fees. MCLA 600.2567;
MCLA 600.2568
Check not signed.  
Any Document that assigns or discharges more than 1 instrument, $3.00 shall be added to the recording fee for each additional instrument assigned or discharged.  MCLA 600.2567 (1) (a)
Claim of Lien must cite first and last day of labor; owner or lessee of property; name who lien is against and legal description. MCLA 570.1111(1)(2) MSA 26.316(111) (1)(2) and MCLA 570.1112; MSA 26.316(112)
Power of Attorney signature; document must cite liber & page previous P.O.A recording or copy of P.O.A. must be attached (citing attached) MCLA 565.631;  
MCLA 565.36
Sheriff Deeds; affidavits information missing MCLA 600.3145;
MCLA 600.3240
MCLA 600.3244
MCLA  600.3241 (A);  H.B. 929 & H.B. 931
Condominiums – Master Deeds and Amendments; Requirements not met pursuant to Condominium Act. Act 59 1978 Rule 559.101 - 559.903.
Contact Information

Register of Deeds
220 W Ellsworth St
Midland, MI 48640

Ph: (989) 832-6820
Fax: (989) 832-6842

Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Recording Requirements

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