Welcome to the Ionia County Register of Deeds Office! We are open to the public!

Documents for recording may be e-recorded, sent to us by postal service, overnight delivery service or by walk-in visit.
Online services are available if you need to obtain a copy of a document.

The Register of Deeds is an elected position currently held by Rhonda Lake. The Chief Deputy Register is Tammi Hewitt and Kris Elvert is the Deputy Register. The Abstract Office, where mapping and legal descriptions are processed, is also housed within the Register of Deeds. Stephanie Carpenter is the Abstractor at the Ionia County Register of Deeds.

The Register of Deeds Office records, files, maintains, and retrieves all documents relating to real property in Ionia County.

The Register of Deeds Office is the keeper of all records pertaining to the transfer or encumbrance of real estate in the county. The documents are receipted, time stamped, assigned document numbers and indexed by name and property descriptions. The records date back to 1833 and any one document can be retrieved and copied within a matter of minutes. Records from 1984 to current are available on computer indexes, with digital images of documents to view or print from our computers. Web service allows users to view/print directly from our real-time web index.

The Abstractor can help with searches for current and historical information for a fee by using property descriptions and maps to locate specific details pertaining to properties. (See our Schedule of Fees below.) Search fees are required prior to the research being completed, errors and omissions are not guaranteed by the county. This type of search is also available through independent title searchers or a title office.

Schedule of Fees

Effective January 1, 2021

TRACT INDEX USE
Hourly Rate
Minimum rate (1/2 hour or less)
$60.00
$35.00
DEED ONLY SEARCH
  $10.00 + Copies ($1.00 per page)
40 YEAR SEARCHES

*includes tax info

Hourly Rate
Copies
$60.00
$1.00 per page
LIEN SEARCH

*Includes assignments

Hourly Rate
Copies
$60.00
$1.00 per page
TITLE SEARCH

*3 Deeds or Last Warranty Deed *Includes open liens and tax info

Hourly Rate
Copies
$60.00
$1.00 per page
GENERAL RESEARCH

*Includes easement, railroad & mineral rights search

Minimum Rate (1/4 hr or less)
Hourly Rate
Copies
$15.00
$60.00
$1.00 per page

Copies of Documents

Our records date back to 1833, before Michigan achieved statehood. We can locate and copy most records within a matter of minutes. Indexes are searchable by name or legal description, not by address or parcel number. Records are stored in books, microfilm, and digital images. Nearly all records originally stored in books and on film have been digitized. Digital images are available through our Kofile Technologies program, either on the web or in the office, for all deed documents. We are currently working on indexing back records and have completed indexing back to June 1983. Our goal is to have every document searchable and printable online.

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Register of Deeds

Rhonda Lake, Register

Rhonda Lake, Register

LOCATION:
Courthouse, 100 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 35
Ionia, MI 48846

Our office is located in the Southwest corner of the main floor of the Courthouse.

PHONE:
616-527-5320

FAX:
616-527-8234

E-MAIL:
deeds@ioniacounty.org

HOURS:
Monday – Friday
8:30am–12:00pm &
1:00pm–5:00pm

Documents presented after 4:00pm will be recorded the following business day.