Documents recorded in the Register of Deeds office must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Signatures must be original; names must be typed or printed beneath all signatures. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1-A, E)
  • No discrepancy shall exist between names printed in notary acknowledgment or signatures. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1-B)
  • Instrument conveying or mortgaging shall state marital status of all male grantor/mortgages. (MCLA 565.221)
  • Name and address of all parties must appear on the instruments that convey or encumber real estate. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1-A, 565.203)
  • Name and address of the person who drafted the document must be shown on the document. (MCLA 565.201 A, 565.203)
  • Documents executed in Michigan require notary public acknowledgment with signature, county of certification, name of party(s) being acknowledged and expiration date. (MCLA 565.8)
  • Certified copy of a Death Certificate or copy of proof of death must be recorded when "survivor" is indicated on the document. (MCLA 565.48)
  • Court Orders must be certified and sealed by the Clerk of the Court. (MCLA 565.401, 565.411)
  • The document must be: legibly printed or typed in black ink, type size 10pt, white 20lb paper with a blank margin of 2 1/2" at the top of the first page and 1/2" on all other margins.  Paper size must be 8 1/2" x 11" and not larger than 8 1/2" x 14".  Signatures may be in black or blue ink. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1)
  • Documents must display on the first line of print on the first page a single statement identifying the recordable event that the instrument evidences. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1(h), 565.201 Sec 3)
  • Total value of real property must be stated on the face of the document or affidavit attached. (MCLA 207.504, 207.525)
  • Land contracts, warranty deeds or any other deed containing a warranty clause must be tax certified at the Oakland County Treasurer's Office.