(1) Signatures must be original; names must be typed or printed beneath all signatures. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (a)(c)

(2) No discrepancy shall exist between names printed in notary acknowledgement and as printed beneath signatures. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(b)

(3) Instrument conveying or mortgaging property shall state the marital status of all male grantors/mortgagors. MCLA 565.221

(4) The address of grantees in each deed of conveyance or assignment of real estate shall contain the street number address or post office address. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(d)

(5) The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on documents executed in Michigan. MCLA 565.201a

(6) Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan require an acknowledgement by a judge, clerk of a court of record or a notary public within this state. MCLA 565.8 form: MCLA 565.265;565.267

(7) A certified copy of a death certificate or proof of death must be recorded or have been recorded and referenced by Liber and Page on said document when “survivor” is indicated on the document. MCLA 565.48

(8) Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court. MCLA 565.401, 565.411

(9) The document must be: Legible, black ink, type size 10 point, white 20lb paper, with a blank margin of 2 ½” at the top of the first page and ½” on all other margins. First page must also have a single statement identifying the recordable event that the instrument evidences. Paper size must be minimally 8 ½ ” x 11″ and not larger than 8 ½” x 14. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 3, Sec. 1(f)

(10) Total value of real property must be stated on the face of the document or real estate valuation affidavit must be attached. MCLA 207.504, 207.525

(11) Transfer tax shall be collected on the total value of the land being transferred unless exempt from either or both acts; the exemption(s) must be stated on the instrument. MCLA 207.502, 207.511, MCLA 207.526, 207.533

(12) Fees due upon recording. MCLA 600.2567, 600.2567(a), 211.135

(13) Unless required by state or federal law or court order, no more than 4 sequential digits of any social security number may appear on the instrument. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (g)

(14) Certificate of trust recording requirements. MCLA 565.432, 565.433

(15) When a subdivision plat has been recorded, the lots in the plat shall be described by the caption of the plat and the lot number for all purposes. MCLA 560.255

Register of Deeds

Rhonda Lake, Register

Rhonda Lake, Register

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.




Monday – Friday
8:30am–12:00pm &

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