Register of Deeds
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
We are located downtown in the County Administration Building at 300 Monroe Avenue NW.
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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.
What is the transfer tax?
Tax is based on the amount of consideration paid for the interest being transferred.
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 change the name on my deed?
Individuals interested in changing the ownership properties listed on their deed should consider one of the following options:
- Contact an Attorney familiar with Real Property Law in the State of Michigan
- Contact a local title company
- Acquire and complete a blank deed to have recorded at the Register of Deeds Office. Suggested places to find blank deeds are office supply stores. Blank deeds found online may or may not conform to recording requirements
The Register of Deeds office does not supply blank deeds or offer advice on the preparation of deeds.
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.
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