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Register of Deeds

The duties of the Register of Deeds are prescribed by state law and include official recording/filing of all legal documents affecting real property. Other duties are recording certificates of survey, land corners, micro-filming instruments, reception books, and abiding by a uniform statutory fee and system set by the legislature.

500 Lake St., Roscommon     (989) 275-5931 FAX: (989) 275-8640

Register of Deeds
Michelle M. Stevenson

Chief Deputy Register of Deeds
Jamie Purtell

Deputy Register of Deeds
Cherie Schaeffer
Kari Hopkins

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State Transfer Tax Exemptions:

County Transfer Tax Exemptions:

 Our office now accepts Credit Cards for your convenience.

Recording Fees and Requirements below:

Recording Fees Recording Requirements
Recording any deed, mortgage, Lis pendens, certified copy, or other instrument: 

  • First Page             $14.00
  • Each Add’l page     $3.00

Any document which assigns or discharges more than one instrument:

  • $3.00 shall be added to the recording fee for EACH
  • additional instrument so assigned or discharged.

Tax Certifications:
A tax certificate MUST BE OBTAINED from the County Treasurer prior to recording any of the following:

  • Warranty Deed
  • Any Deed which contains a covenant of warranty
  • Land Contract
  • Assignment of Land Contract with warranty clause
  • Master Deed for Condominium

Fee for Tax Certificate:

  • $1.00 for up to five (5) descriptions
  • (.20 cents per additional description over five (5))

Copy Fees: $1.00 per page

Certified Copy: Add $1.00 per document to copy fee

Tract Search: $1.00 per year – $5.00

Tax Lien Searches:

State:        $3.00 per name searched

Federal:     $3.00 per name searched

Fixture Filings: $15.00 recording fee


  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/mortgagers. MCLA 565.221
  4. The address of each grantee 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 or a court of record or a notary public within this state. MCLA 565.8 form: 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 1/2 inches at the top of the first page and at least 1/2 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 must be at least 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches; at most 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(v)(vi)
  15. Unless required by state or federal law or court order, no more than 4 sequential digits of any social security number may appear on the instrument. MCLA 565.201 Sec.1(g)
  16. Instruments shall not purport to evidence more than one recordable event. MCLA 565.201(3)
  17. When a subdivision plat has been recorded, the lots in the plat shall be described by the caption of the plat and the lot number for all purposes. MCLA 560.255