Recording Requirements and Recommendations 

  1. Signatures must be original; names must be typed or printed beneath all signatures. MCLA 565.201(1)(a)
  2. No discrepancy shall exist between names printed in notary acknowledgement and as printed beneath signatures.MCLA 565.201(1)(b)
  3. Instrument conveying or mortgaging property shall state the marital status of all male granters and mortgagors. MCLA 565.221(1)
  4. The address of grantees in each deed of conveyance or assignment of real estate shall contain the street number address or post office address. MCLA 565.201(1)(d)
  5. The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on documents executed in Michigan.MCLA 565.201(1)(a)
  6. Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan require an acknowledgement by a judge, clerk of a court of record, or a notary public within this state. MCLA 565.8; 565.47; 565.265; 565.267
  7. A certified copy of a death certificate or proof of death must be recorded or have been recorded and referenced by Liber and Page on said document when "survivor" is indicated on the document. MCLA 565.48
  8. Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court. MCLA 565.401; 565.411
  9. The document must be: Legible, black ink, type size 10 point, white 20lb paper, with a blank margin of 2½ inches at the top of the first page and ½ inch on all other margins. First page must also have a single statement identifying the recordable event that the instrument evidences. Paper size must be minimally 8½ by 11 inches and not larger than 8½ by 14 inches. MCLA 565.201(1)(f); 565.201(3)
  10. Total vale of real property must be stated on the face of the document or real estate valuation affidavit must be attached. MCLA 207.504; 207.525
  11. Transfer tax shall be collected on the total value of the land being transferred unless exempt from either or both acts; the exemption(s) must be stated on the instrument. MCLA 207.502; 207.511, MCLA 207.526; 207.533
  12. Dates are missing in acknowledgement. MCLA 565.151; 565.154; 565.267
  13. Fees due upon recording MCLA 600.2567; 600.2567(a); 211.135

  1. Amanda L. Kirkpatrick

    County Clerk / Register of Deeds

  2. Jennie King

    Chief Deputy Register of Deeds

  1. Register of Deeds

    Physical Address
    120 W Michigan Ave
    12th Floor
    Jackson, MI 49201


    Phone: : 517-788-4350
    Fax: : 517-788-4686

    Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday:

    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    (Open during the lunch hour)

    The Register of Deeds Office is closed on all legal holidays.