Recording Requirements
Register of Deeds
Court House
200 E Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm
Ph: 517.546.0270
Tract Ph: 517.546.2530
Fax: 517.546.5966

Recording Requirements

Make sure to check also Document Requirements.

If you want a recorded document to be returned, submit a SASE at the time of recording. The return address on the envelope MUST also appear on one of the recorded pages of the document (first if possible). Title Companies may make arrangements to pick up their recording.

Common document errors include incorrect fee, missing drafter name & address, name not typed beneath signature, notarial certificate incomplete, attachments which should be recorded separately, multiple Notary Counties of Commission and return to missing from the face of document.

**Notice, June 2017: MCL 565.221 Sec.1 has been amended and the
Marital status is no longer required for male grantors & mortgagors. **

Statutory Recording Requirements:

2-1/2" margin at the top of the first page and 1/2" on remaining sides and additional pages. MCLA 565.201 Sec 3, Sec 1(f)
Signatures must be original and names must be typed, stamped or printed beneath all written signatures.  MCLA 565.201 (a)(e)
No discrepancy in the names shall exist between the printed names of such person, as appears, either in the signature, and the acknowledgment or jurat.  MCLA 565.201 (b)
The address of grantee must appear on any instrument by which title to any interest therein is conveyed or assigned. MCLA 565.201 Sec 1(d)
The name and address of the person who drafted  the document must appear on the documents executed in Michigan.  MCLA 565.201 Sec 1a, 565.203
Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan must have an acknowledgement by a notary public.  MCLA 565.8
Effective 4/01/04 through 5/26/06 acknowledgement must state "Acting in the county of ______________" MCLA 55.287
Documents must display on the first line of print on the first page a single statement identifying the single recordable event that the instrument evidences. MCLA 565.201 Sec 1(f)(ii)
A certified copy of a death certificate or proof of death (a separate recordable event) must be recorded prior to the instrument of conveyance which states "survivor" in the grantor's section. MCLA 565.48

The recorded death certificate's Document # MUST then appear on the instrument of conveyance with a grantor/"survivor"; if the two documents are submitted together, allow a blank space for us to insert the Document #. MCLA 565.48
Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court to be eligible for recording.  MCLA 565.401, 565.411
The definition of a page:   See Document Requirements
The date of the document must appear, and must show in the Notary Acknowledgement if Notarized.
Where the document is to be returned to must be indicated on a recorded page of the document.
If the property conveyed is unplatted, the following statements are to appear on deeds: 
"The grantor grants to the grantee the right to make ___ division(s) under section 108 of the land division act, Act No. 288 of Public Acts of 1967.  (If no number is inserted, the right to make divisions stays with the portion of the parent tract retained by the grantor; if all of the parent tract is conveyed, then all divisions rights are granted.)
This property may be located within the vicinity of farmland or a farm operation.  Generally accepted agricultural and management practices which may generate noise, dust, odors, and other associated conditions may be used and are protected by the Michigan Right to Farm Act."