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Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 376 (mailing address)
203 E. Cayuga (for deliveries only)
Bellaire, MI 49615
Phone: 231 533 6683

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Computer Use Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Patty Niepoth, Register of Deeds

The Mission of Antrim County Register of Deeds Office Is
to provide Timely, Secure & Accurate recording services that are delivered in a Prompt & Courteous manner.

In 1835, the first constitution of the State of Michigan was adopted by the Congress of the United States which established the Register of Deeds as the official recording office for all legal instruments pertaining to the transfer and encumbrances of properties to the transfer and encumbrances of properties in each county. Examples of real property are such documents as warranty deeds, quit claim deeds, administrator deeds, tax and sheriff deeds, also mortgages and any assignment of discharge thereof, land patents, leases, liens, (state, federal, mechanics, etc.) probate orders, agreements, land contracts, and numerous other instruments which effect real estate including certified surveys, plats and government corners. Antrim County’s records date back to 1856. It would be impossible to place a value on these irreplaceable records containing such important data.

Lending institutions, title offices, realtors, lawyers, credit bureaus, and the general public and among the many people who check the recording and filings of instruments in the office. Entries are kept daily on a computer system especially designed for Register of Deeds offices. Each document has to be carefully checked to be sure it meets recording requirements according to statue. All documents received must be numbered consecutively, timed and properly cross indexed. Documents are then scanned into the computer system and microfilmed. Our computer image index dates back to January 1993, and we are adding more images and records daily. We would eventually like to have all of the records, indexed and imaged. For security purposes, duplicate microfilmed copies of all documents are sent to an underground storage facility. Proof of ownership is established according to the records of the Register of Deeds.

Michigan has a “race-notice” statute; recording a deed places subsequent purchasers on constructive notice. Thus, it is important that documents are recorded in the exact order in which they are first presented for recording at the Register of Deeds office. First in time is first in line. An error in recording might cost a property owner a hefty sum, if the owner is forced to prove title, or ownership, of their property. The Register must constantly study and be aware of the laws which govern the office.

The Register of Deeds office records and indexes are used for legal purposes concerning the most valuable possession you own, YOUR HOME.

Patty Niepoth
Register of Deeds
Antrim County
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The Register of Deeds office maintains an index and copy of all recorded documents pertaining to real property located with the county. Financing statements (U.C.C.'s) relating to personal property (filed prior to July 1, 2001) are also located here. The Register of Deeds also serves as Chairman of the County Plat Board which reviews and approves all new subdivisions and plats with the County. All records in the Register of Deeds Office are in a grantor/grantee indexing system.
  • Present date to January 1993 - Computerized records
  • May 1993 back to 1856 - Book Form records Copies of documents may be obtained in person or by mail by submitting the appropriate fees and document information. Recordings may also be done in person or by mail with sufficient fees. All recordings and copy requests may be accompanied by self-addressed stamped envelopes. Pertinent information relating to fees, requirements and location are below.
  • This page last updated on 10/21/2014.
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