Recording Requirements

Signatures must be original; names must be typed or printed beneath signatures. MCL 565.201(1) (a)(c)

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

The address of grantees in each deed of conveyance or assignment or real estate shall contain the street number address or post office address. MCL 565.201 (1) (d)           

The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on documents executed in Michigan. MCL 565.201 (1) (i) 

Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan requires an acknowledgment by a judge, clerk of a court of record or a notary public within this state. MCL 565.8; form: MCL 565.265; 565.267     

A certified copy of the death certificate or proof of death must be recorded or have been recorded as a separate document and referenced by Liber and Page or other unique identifying number on document when “survivor” is indicated on the instrument. MCL 565.48       

Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court. MCL 565.401, 565.411   

The document’s first line of the first page must have a single statement identifying the 1 recordable event that the instrument evidences - AND be: Legible, black ink, minimally 10-point type size, white 20lb paper with a blank margin of 2 ½” at top of first page and 1/2 “ on all other margins.  Paper size must be minimally 8 ½” x 11” and not larger than 8 ½” x 14”. MCL 565.201 (1) (f), (3) 

Total value of real property must be stated on the face of the document or a real estate valuation affidavit must be attached. MCL 207.504, 207.525 The document MUST NOT state “and other good and valuable consideration.” 

Transfer tax shall be collected on the total value of the land being transferred unless exempt from either or both acts; the exemption(s) must be stated on the instrument. MCL 207.502, 207.511, MCL 207.526, 207.533

If a Trust document is presented for recording with another document, it must be recorded as a separate document.  MCL 565.434 

If the instrument or any part of it is in a language other than English, a written English translation must be attached to the instrument. MCL 565.201(1)(h)