Frequently Asked Questions

Register of Deeds

No, the Register of Deeds office does not prepare any legal documents, nor do we give legal advice. If you need assistance, please contact an attorney or title company.

Court documents must be certified by the court to be recorded. Death certificates must be certified by the Clerk’s office.

The standard recording fee as of October 1, 2016 is $30.00. This recording fee is for any type of document with any number of pages. See MCL 600.2567

$5.00 for a tax certificate on warranty deeds and land contracts and the appropriate State and County transfer tax revenue on the sale amount. For more information see our page about Transfer Tax Information and our Recording Information page for fees.

No, not in the Register of Deeds office. It would be a conflict of interest for us to notarize the documents we record.

However, the County Clerk’s office, which is next to our office in the County Services Building, has one available for a small fee.

We accept cash, checks written payable to: Register of Deeds, and we can accept credit or debit cards in our office at our counter, which will have a small fee added by the credit card handling company (generally $1.50) 

Our records are Grantor/Grantee indexes by name and year. The records are accessible in book, microfilm and computer image media. We have records from 1855 to present. Midland County was established in 1855. Our records in the office are in books, microfilm and scanned images. From 1968 to present, the records have been scanned and indexed into our computer system. The index for records from 1958 to 1968 are available on an Adobe search format in our Online Record Search System. The index to records prior to 1958 are available on Simple Search, which is a searching choice online. These records and all prior records are available by book and microfilm. We have an ongoing back-indexing project in progress and further records with be available online as this work is completed. Providing easier, more complete online searching is our goal. Our online images are available through 1950 (Liber 183 3/18/1949). Misc book images available online for Misc 76-91.

Anyone can get a copy of any document recorded in our office, They are public records.

No. State statutes require us to have a Certified-raised seal-copy from the court in order to record.

The purpose of recording a documents is to make a public record of the transaction. Anyone can research these records to identify property, ownership and liens places against property.

Only if your property has been surveyed and then recorded.

Copies are $1 per page

To certify a recorded document is $5 plus additional $1 per page of the document.

Yes, Midland County accepts & records e-recording of real estate documents including those requiring tax certification for qualified submitters. However we do not except those that require raised court seal or death certificates. Please contact Simplifile (800) 460-5657 or EPN (888) 325-3365.


Jennifer M. Anway

Jennifer M. Anway, Register of Deeds

220 W Ellsworth Street

Midland, MI 48640-5194

Phone: (989) 832-6820

Fax: (989) 832-6842

Hours: Mon-Fri (8 am - 5 pm)

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