Mason County Michigan

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Mason County Register of Deeds Office

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In accordance with the Constitution of the State of Michigan, the County Register (or Registrar) of Deeds is an officer of the county and as such is elected on a partisan basis every four (4) years.  There have been 16 Registers of Deeds in Mason County since 1855, the most recent elected in 2004.
 
The office of the Register of Deeds serves as a repository for all official records relating to real property (land) located in the county.
 
The duties and responsibilities for the county Register of Deeds are specified by state law and include recording, indexing and retaining documents that convey or encumber real estate located in the county.
 
A document received by the Register of Deeds Office for recording goes through a recordation process that involves of  seven (7) steps.  These steps typically take one (1) to two (2) business days to complete.

In accordance with MCL 565.551, the Register of Deeds “shall furnish proper and reasonable facilities for the inspection and examination of the records and files in his or her office”.  Therefore, the Register of Deeds office is also a research facility in which attorneys, title companies, banks and the public may inspect, examine, review and/or copy (for a $1.00 per page copy fee) any document pertaining to interest in property.
 
As stated in the Subdivision Control Act 288 of 1967, the Register of Deeds also serves as Chairperson of the County Plat Board.  The Plat Board reviews proposed subdivision plats prior to their submission to the state.  Other members of the plat board include the County Clerk, who serves as board secretary and the County Treasurer.
 
Updated October 1, 2013