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Recording Requirements
  1. Signatures must be original and names must be typed, stamped or printed beneath all written signatures. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (a)

  2. No discrepancy shall exist between names printed in the notary acknowledgment and as printed beneath signatures. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (b)

  3. Instruments conveying or mortgaging any interest in real estate shall state the marital status of any male grantor. MCLA 565.221

  4. The address of the grantees in each deed of conveyance or assignment of real estate shall contain the street number address or post office address. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (a)(f)

  5. The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on documents executed in Michigan. MCLA 565.201A

  6. Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan must have an acknowledgment by a notary public. MCLA 565.8

  7. A certified copy of the death certificate or proof of death must be recorded when the instrument of conveyance states "survivor" in the grantor’s section. MCLA 565.48

  8. Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court to be eligible for recording. MCLA 565.401, 565.411

  9. The document submitted for recording must be legible. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (f)(iv)

  10. Documents must have a margin of unprinted space at least 2 inches at the top of the first page and at least inch on all remaining sides of each page. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (f)(i)

  11. 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); 565.201 Sec. 3

  12. The type on the form must be printed with black ink; type size at least 10-point type. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (f)(iii)(iv)

  13. The paper on which the document is printed must be white and not less than 20-pound weight. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (f)(iv)

  14. The size of the document and any attachment thereto mut be at least 8 inches by 11 inches; at most 8 inches by 14 inches. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (f)(v)(vi)

  15. All Warranty Deeds, Land Contracts, or an Assignment thereof, or any Deed that contains a covenant of Warranty must have a Tax Certification from the County Treasurer's office. MCLA 211.135


Mark Fairchild
Register of Deeds
173 E. Apple Avenue
Suite 301
Muskegon, MI 49442
Phone 231.724.6271
Fax 231.724.6842
Hours: M-F 8-5 ( Closed Holidays )
Recording Hours: 8-4:30 PM

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