Register of Deeds Recording Fees Increasing October 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, pursuant to Public Act 224 of 2016 which amended Public Act 236 of 1961, the fee for recording a document with any county Register of Deeds will increase from the current fee of $14.00 plus $3.00 for each additional page to $30.00 flat fee (inclusive of Michigan Remonumentation and Register of Deeds Automation fees) regardless of the number of pages in the document. [1]  There is one exception: if the document to be recorded assigns or discharges more than one instrument, there is an additional $3.00 fee for each additional instrument assigned or discharged. [2]  Also to certify a recorded document is now $5.00; however the fee for copies of documents remain at $1.00 per page. [3] 

For larger documents (six pages or more, exclusive of assignments and discharges) there is certainly a cost savings versus the previous fee schedule. However, for the vast majority of document recordings, especially deeds where most are only one to a few pages, the cost of doing business has substantially increased, basically doubled. As with many of the court fee increases over the last year, this change appears to be a revenue generation measure for the State of Michigan, to make up for fiscal losses in other areas. GJR


  1. MCL 600.2567(1)(a)
  2. MCL 600.2567(1)(b)
  3. MCL 600.2567(1)(c), (d)
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