Register of Deeds Recording Requirements

Recording Requirements

1. Signatures must be original; and names must be typed or printed beneath 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 property shall state the marital status of all male grantors/mortgagors. 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(d)

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 require an acknowledgment by a judge, clerk of a court of record or a notary public within this state. MCLA 565.8; LAND 565.47, MCLA 565.265; 565.267.

7. A certified copy of the 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 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 ½ inches at the top of the first page and at least ½ 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 of 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 must be at least 8 ½ inches by 11 inches; at most 8 ½ inches by 14 inches. MCLA 565.201 Sec.1(f)(v)(vi)

15. Documents shall not be recorded with a full Social Security Number, unless “state or federal law, rule, regulation, or court order or rule requires” the social security number appear on the document. MCLA 565.491 Sec 1; 565.452 Sec. 2; 565.581 Sec. 1; 565.201 Sec. 1; 565.401 Sec 1; 565.551 Sec.1;

16. A person shall not sell a parcel of uplatted land unless the deed contains a statement as to whether the right to make further divisions exempt from the platting requirements of this act under this section and section 108 is proposed to be conveyed. The statement shall be in substantially the following form: “The grantor grants to the grantee the right to make [insert number] division(s) under section 108 of the land division act, Act No. 288 of the Public Acts of 1967.” In the absence of a statement conforming to the requirements of this subsection, the right to make divisions under section 108(2), (3), and (4) stays with the remainder of the parent tract or parent parcel retained by the grantor. MCLA 560.109 sec 3

17. All deed for parcels of unplatted land within the state of Michigan after the effective date of this act shall contain the following statement: “This property may be located within the vicinity of farm land 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.” MCLA 560.109 sec 4



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