Recording Fees

For recording and indexing any Deed, Mortgage, Lis Pendens, Affidavit or other instrument:
  • First Page - $14.00*
  • Each Additional Page - $3.00

For 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.

Warranty Deeds, Deeds that contain a covenant of warranty, Land Contracts, or Assignments of Land Contract must have a tax certificate from the County Treasurer's office. MCLA 211.135

  • For up to five (5) descriptions - $1.00 per instrument
  • Each additional description - 20 cents

*$4.00 of this fee is deposited to the Michigan State Survey & Remonumentation (MSSR) fund and is not assessed on Fixture Filing, State or Federal Liens, MESC Liens, State Deeds, Plats or documents recorded under the Treasurer's Tax Reversion statutes. MCLA 600.2567a(4) Transfer Taxes In addition to fees charged for the recording of documents, the Register of Deeds office also collects Real Estate Transfer Taxes, both County and State. On all instruments subject to tax, the value of the real property transferred shall be stated on the face of the document or a real estate valuation affidavit declaring the total value of the real estate shall be filed. There is no fee for filing the real estate valuation affidavit, but a statement must be made on the face of the instrument that a real estate valuation affidavit is being filed. (MCL 207.511, 207.525)

Transfer tax imposed shall be collected unless the transfer is exempt from either or both taxes (State and/or County). Exemptions must be stated on the face of the instrument presented for recording
(MCL 207.505, 207.526).

If the value of the real estate transferred is $100.00 or more, payment of State and County transfer tax is required. The rate of County tax is 55 cents for each $500 or fraction thereof of value of consideration and the rate of State tax is $3.75 for each $500 or fraction thereof of value of consideration. Please call the Register of Deeds if you have any questions at (269) 983-7111 ext. 8562.


 
 
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