Register of Deeds
Frequently Asked Questions


Do you provide forms for use?

No, 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.

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?

Recording costs are typically based on the number of pages to be recorded.  Rule of thumb is $14.00 for the first page of a document and $3.00 for each page thereafter.

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.

What is your address?

All Correspondence may be sent to:

Mackinac County Register of Deeds
100 S. Marley St.
St. Ignace, MI  49781
906-643-7306