Deeds - Recording Requirements Land records are now digitally stored.

  1. Signatures must be original and names must be typed, stamped or printed beneath all written signatures. MCLA 565.201(a)(e)
  2. No discrepancy in the names shall exist between the printed names of such person, as appears either in the body of the instrument, the signature, the acknowledgment or jurat. MCLA 565.201(b)
  3. Instruments conveying or mortgaging any interest in real estate shall state the marital status of any male grantors. MCLA 565.221
  4. The addresses of all grantees must appear on any instrument by which title to any interest therein is conveyed, assigned, encumbered or otherwise disposed of. MCLA 565.201(a)(f)
  5. The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on the documents executed in Michigan. MCLA 565.201a, 565.203
  6. Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan must have an acknowledgment by a notary public. MCLA 565.8
  7. Survivor deed or survivor mortgage shall be accompanied by a certified copy of the death certificate, or shall show by Liber and Page reference that the death certificate has been recorded in the Register of Deeds office. MCLA 565.48
  8. Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court to be eligible for recording, unless otherwise ordered by the court. MCLA 565.401, 565.411
  9. Documents executed in the State of Michigan after April 1, 1997, must have a 2 1/2 inch top margin and all other margins are 1/2 inch. Exemptions to this include certified documents, surveys and land corners.
  10. The definition of a page: One side of a single sheet of paper not larger than 8.5" x 14" with print not smaller than 10 point type, which shall be legible and on paper of not less than 20 (17 x 22-500) pound weight. MCLA 565.201(g)
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