Information on Register of Deeds - New Fee Structure 10-1-16 for Schoolcraft County

PRESS RELEASE: Land Recording Fees to Change July 8, 2016 Register of Deeds: Beth A. Edwards 906-341-3618 Schoolcraft County, MI Effective October 1, 2016, recording fees for all documents recorded in the Register of Deeds office will be $30.00 regardless of the number of pages. The only exceptions will be if the document assigns or discharges more than one instrument, the $3.00 fee for each instrument after the first reference remains and if a document is from the State of Michigan or a political subdivision of the State to a Land Bank Authority. Recording fees continue “as is” – for questions regarding Wayne County recording fees contact Wayne County Register of Deeds. The Michigan Association of Registers of Deeds and the Michigan Land Title Association in cooperation with Michigan Bankers Association, Credit Unions, the State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Law Section, Michigan Association of Treasurers, Michigan Oil and Gas Association, and State and Federal lien holders worked for over a year to bring the flat fee concept to fruition. “With new consumer protection regulations instituted in late 2015, it was practical to create a flat fee, thereby eliminating one of the most common reasons for rejecting a document,” stated Register (Clerk/Register) Beth Edwards. “The flat fee should create a more smooth land title closing which only benefits our constituents and our economy,” she continued. “This was a major collaboration of groups and associations,” stated Edwards, “the cooperation and willingness to listen and negotiate was instrumental in attaining the flat fee which will be impactful for our constituents.” “Michigan, again, uses common sense to see an issue and create a solution and is the only state to have a true flat fee,” she concluded. It took 9 bills (SB 599, SB 600, SB 601, SB 602, SB 603, SB 604, SB 737, HB 5164 and HB 5165) to create the uniform fee. The language in the main bill, regarding MCL 600.2567, is inclusive of the Remonumentation fee as well as the automation fund fee, in this way, the average person is able to see in one statute what it costs to record a land document. These bills are now Public Acts 224 through 232 of 2016. Senators Darwin Booher, District 35; Curtis Hertel, District 23; Peter MacGregor, District 28; and Dale Zorn, District 17; sponsored 7 of the 9 bills needed to create the flat fee legislation with Representatives Lee Chatfield, District 107 and Jeremy Moss, District 35 sponsoring the two House bills.