Recording Fees

Recording, copy and search fees, as of October 1, 2016

  • For entering and recording a document, regardless of the number of pages, $30.00.
  • For a document that assigns or discharges more than 1 instrument, $3.00 for each additional instrument assigned or discharged, (in addition to the $30.00 recording fee.)
  • A copy of any record or papers $1.00 per page.
  • A copy of any record or document page over tabloid-size paper, $3.00 per page.
  • To certify a recorded document $5.00.
  • For searching the records and files, on request, by the office of the register of deeds, 50 cents (50¢) for each year for which grantor/grantee searches are made, with a minimum fee of $5.00.
  • Tax Certification: Warranty deeds, deeds that contain a covenant of warranty, land contract or assignment of land contract, must have a tax certificate
    • $5.00 for certification of up to twenty-five (25) parcel descriptions
    • Each additional parcel description 20¢ each

Total value of real property must be stated on the face of the document or a real estate valuation affidavit must be attached.  Transfer tax shall be collected on the total value of the land being transferred, unless it is exempt from either or both acts; the exemptions(s) must be stated on the instrument.  If the value of the real estate transferred is $100.00 or more, and the document is not exempt, 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.

MCLA 48.101, 207.502, 207.504, 207.505, 207.511, 207.525, 207.526, 207.533, 600.2567

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