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Frequently Asked Questions


Recording Fees:

Effective October 1, 2016, recording feeds for all documents recorded in the Register of Deeds Office will be $30.00 regardless of the number of pages. The only exception will be if the document assigns or discharges more than one instrument, the $3.00 fee for each instrument after the first reference remains.

Do you provide forms for use?

It is recommended that you consult an attorney or title company.  However, if you wish to do it yourself, forms may be obtained from most office supply stores, and on-line. The Register of Deeds office has a limited amount of documents available for purchase in the amount of $5.00 each.


If we get the form, can you fill it out for us?

No, we can not provide any legal advice or assistance. Please consult an attorney or title company.


I found a photo copy of a document. Can it be recorded?

Under most circumstances no, however if the document has never been recorded in the past it may be recorded using an affidavit of lost recording, and the document would become Exhibit A of that affidavit.


How much does it cost to record a document?

Please see the Fees and Requirements section of our website.


Where can I find an attorney or title company to assist me?

Refer to the yellow pages of the phone directory under "Title Companies" or "Attorneys."


What is the cost of transfer tax in the State of Michigan?

If the value of the real estate transferred is $100.00 or more, payment of State and County transfer tax is required.

Rate of County tax - $.55 for each $500 or fraction thereof.

Rate of State tax - $3.75 for each $500 or fraction thereof.

However, you may be exempt.  Please check with your attorney or title company or you may click here for state exemptions or click here for county exemptions.


Do I have to personally drop off documents to be recorded?

No, you can mail documents or hire a courier.


Can I use a credit or debit card?

Yes, we accept all forms of payment.

What is your address?

All Correspondence may be sent to:

Manistee County Register of Deeds

415 3rd St

Manistee, MI 49660

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 15:00

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Manistee County Administrator
415 Third Street
Manistee, Michigan 49660