Register of Deeds
As we continue to fight the spread of Covid-19 locally, we are asking that any transactions that can be handled through the mail or over the phone or email be completed in that manner.
The Mason County Courthouse remains open as usual, but we are collectively trying to limit the number of people in the building. Additionally, the ROD staff will be reduced by one person each week as we rotate staff to limit any spread of Covid-19 as well as keep the office open in the instance a member of the staff were to contract Covid-19.
Thank you for your continued understanding as we all work tgoether in the fight against Covid-19.
Diane L Englebrecht
Mason County Register of Deeds
Welcome to the
Mason County Register of Deeds Office
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.
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 property located in the county.
MCL 565.551 states that 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 real 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.