Register of Deeds

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of the Register of Deeds Office?

County Clerk & Register of Deeds hours are:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday
(except holidays)

Closed on the following observed holidays:

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King's Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day

Where are you located?

Downtown Grand Rapids, in the Kent County Administration Building, 300 Monroe Ave. View Map »

What are the recording fees?

Fees are charged to record any deed, mortgage, lis pendens, certified copy, or other instrument in the Register's office. View Fees »

What is the transfer tax?

Tax is based on the amount of consideration paid for the interest being transferred. More on Transfer Tax »

How can I get a copy of a document?

This can be done by visiting our office in downtown Grand Rapids or by writing us with a request containing the desired copies recording information. You can also search for documents using the Register of Deeds Document Search, in the Online Services section of this website. A minimum processing fee will be charged.

How do I find out who owns certain property?

If you do not know the property owner's name, you may contact the County Equalization Department, or the assessor for the city, township or village in which the property is located. These offices will provide you with the name(s) that appears on the tax roll which may or may not be the owner(s). With these names, you can search our office for any recorded information.

Why record documents?

Documents are recorded in the county's official records to publicly declare their existence. Anyone can research these records to identify property, ownership and liens placed against property.

How do I contact other Register of Deeds offices around the State?

View a list of other offices »