FAQs

Q: How can I obtain a copy of a recorded document?
A: Copies of documents are available in the office or can be downloaded and printed online.  To search online, click Search Deeds Online on the left margin of this page.  Instructions for searching online can be found here.

Q:
What payment methods do you accept?
A: Cash, check, and credit cards.

Q:
Do you prepare documents or have forms?
A: The Register of Deeds does not prepare documents or have forms. Some forms may be obtained from an office supply store, but they must meet State of Michigan recording requirements. If you need assistance, you may want to seek legal counsel.   

Q: Can I record a TRUE COPY court document?
A: No. Court documents must be certified with the court seal to be recorded.  Death Certificates must be certified with the Clerk’s seal.

Q:
Can I record a copy of a document?
A: No, only documents with the original signatures can be recorded. 

Q: Do you have standard document requirements?
A: Yes, the State of Michigan has requirements, which can be viewed in the Recordings tab. 

Q: When was my house built?
A: Our office deals with real estate, not the dwelling, so we are unable to answer that question. Please check with your township, city, village, or the State Archives. 

Q: How do I search for a deed?
A: You can do a Grantor/Grantee name search from 1965 to the present.  To perform a search, click Search Deeds Online on the left margin of this page

Q: 
My spouse died, how do I remove him/her from the deed?
A: Record a certified copy of your spouse's death certificate, which will act as removing him/her from the deed. You will not receive a new deed.

Q: Do I have lake rights, any easements, or a joint driveway agreement on my property?
A: If you received title insurance when you purchased the property, the title company has already researched your property.  You will want to check your policy or contact the title insurance company. If you come into the office with the legal description of the property, our staff can set you up to research our records.