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Recording Requirements
Signatures must be original and names must be typed, stamped or printed beneath all written signatures. MCLA 565.201(a) (e)

No discrepancy in the names shall exist between the printed names of such person, as appears either in the body of the insturment, the signature, the acknowledgement or jurat. MCLA 565.201 (b)

Instruments conveying or mortgaging any interest in real estate shall state the marital status of any male grantors. MCLA 565.221

The address of all parties must appear on any instrument by which title to any interest therein is conveyed, assigned, encumbered or otherwise disposed of. MCLA 565.201 (a)(f)

The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on the documents executed in Michigan. MCLA 565.201a, 565.203.

No discrepancy in the names shall exist between the names of each person as printed or recited in the acknowledgment or jurat. 565.201 (b)

Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan must have an acknowledgment by a notary public. MCLA 565.8

A certified copy of the death certificate must be recorded when the instrument of conveyance states "survivor" in the grantor or mortgagor section MCLA 565.48

Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court to be eligible for recording. MCLA 565.401, 565.411

There must be sufficient space available on the document to apply the recording information or an additional page fee must be paid.

The definition of a page: One side of a single sheet of paper not smaller than 8.5" x 11" and not larger then 8.5" x 14" with print not smaller than 10 point type, which shall be legible and on paper of not less than 20 pound weight. Documents are required to be printed in black ink on white paper. A 2.5" margin is required at the top of the first page of the document with at least 1/2" margins an the other 3 sides and 1/2" minimum margins on attached pages. The type of document must be identified on the first line of printed and evidence only one document type. MCLA 565.201 (f)
This page last updated on 10/21/2014.
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