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Wayne County Michigan- pertaining to a QUIT CLAIM DEED

Brief History of the Registry

The very first Constitution of the State of Michigan adopted by Congress of the United States in 1836 established the office of Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds is the official recording officer for all legal papers and instruments pertaining to the transfer and encumbrance of lands and properties within the County. The Register of Deeds also serves as Chairman of the County Plat Board.

The Register of Deeds Office is the place where people record a Quit Claim Deed relating to land transactions. Different types of deeds as well as land contracts, mortgages, liens and lease agreements are recorded at the Register of Deeds Office. After a Quit Claim Deed is recorded, it becomes a public record, which can be reviewed or copied by any person. Of course, the Register of Deeds Office does not keep the original deed or mortgage; instead, the transaction is recorded in a book called a "liber," which is stamped on the Quitclaim deed or document. A copy or image of the document is then made for permanent record. Over half a million documents are recorded and imaged by the Wayne County Register of Deeds Office each year.

The work of the Register of Deeds Office does not end after a Wayne County Quitclaim Deed is recorded. After the Quitclaim Deed is copied or imaged, certain important information contained on the Deed, such as the legal description and the name of the buyer and seller, is indexed on a computer system so that the public can easily review information regarding the ownership history of a particular piece of property. As a matter of fact, the Wayne County Register of Deeds Office was the first office to create what is called a "Tract Index", which allows people to search land transactions or the history of property ownership with only an address or property description. The Wayne County Register of Deeds Office maintains an index of land transactions in Wayne County dating back to 1703, and copies of more than 35 million documents of transactions recorded in Wayne County.

In the past, everything was recorded and indexed by hand in large books. Computers are now used to index information and have been used since 1986. Records can be viewed on a computer from business offices and even on home computers. People no longer have to come to the Wayne County Register of Deeds Office to search or make copies of records. Companies or individuals will soon be able to research the history of transactions and see a recorded document or record from a computer at their office or at home.

Population Consensus for 2009 Wayne County 1,925,848

Wayne County Register of Deeds:

The Register of Deeds Office is the place where people record Quitclaim deeds and documents relating to land transactions.

A QUIT CLAIM DEED is recorded at the Register of Deeds Office.

Title Companies, Lending Institutions, and other Recording Customers

Each Wayne County Quitclaim Deed submitted for recording should be accompanied by a separate check totaling the amount of fees and transfer tax due, if any.

Transfer tax and recording fees submitted with unrecordable Quitclaim deeds will be refunded and returned with the unrecorded Quitclaim Deed(s) and the original check submitted for recording. Therefore, we recommend that all Quitclaim Deed(s) be carefully reviewed to assure compliance with recording requirements before being submitted.

A Wayne County Quitclaim Deed submitted to, and recorded by this office will be returned in the same manner in which they were received. If they were hand-delivered, they must be picked up by the same firm or agent who delivered them for recording. If the QUIT CLAIM DEED submitted for recording were mailed, they will be mailed back to the Return address on the DEED. They will not return a recorded Quitclaim Deed in pre-addressed return envelopes.

Any Quitclaim Deed submitted for recording will be returned approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the date that they were received and recorded by this office.

Basic Recording Requirements:

They’re office records Quitclaim Deed(s) relating to interests and transfers of property. They’re office DOES NOT PREPARE DOCUMENTS and they DO NOT ANSWER LEGAL QUESTIONS. Please contact an attorney if you need legal assistance.

A QUIT CLAIM DEED must have all original signatures and the names must be printed, stamped or typed beneath the signatures.

A QUIT CLAIM DEED executed in Michigan which convey or encumber real estate require a notary’s acknowledgment.

A QUITCLAIM DEED must be on 8 ½" x 11" or 8 ½" x 14" paper and must have a 2 ½" top margin for the first page, and a minimum ½" margin on the other three sides of all pages.

A QUIT CLAIM DEED must be on white paper with black ink and have 10 point minimum type size.

The title of a Quitclaim Deed must be identified on the first line of print.

The property tax identification number and the commonly known address of the property should be on the document. This is commonly found on a property tax document.

City of Detroit property requires tax certification by the City of Detroit Treasurer and Wayne County Treasurer.

Court orders cannot be recorded unless they are certified and sealed.

The name and address of the person who drafted the Quitclaim Deed must appear on the Quitclaim Deed executed in Michigan.

Where to obtain a Wayne County Quitclaim Deed?

A Quitclaim Deed can be found at certain specialty stationary stores or the correct and compliant form can be found at www.theeasyforms.com

A QUIT CLAIM DEED can be recorded in person or by mail.

They’re office accepts money orders, cashier’s checks, certified checks, corporation checks and law firm checks. Cash and personal checks are accepted only in person.

Certified funds are REQUIRED for fees and taxes totaling more than $250.

Please make checks payable to:



DETROIT, MI. 48226

Each Wayne County Quitclaim Deed sent by mail for recording must include a complete "return" name and address

Recording Fees and Transfer Tax

The fee to record a real estate Quitclaim Deed Form is $15.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page or side. The fee for the first page includes a $4.00 State Remonumentation Fee.

Transfer tax must be paid at the time of recording of all Quitclaim Deeds which transfer an interest in property unless a proper exemption is noted.

The transfer tax rate is computed at $1.10 per $1,000 for Wayne County, and $7.50 per $1,000 for the State of Michigan.


Bernard J. Youngblood

Register of Deeds

International Center Building

400 Monroe St.

7th Floor

Detroit, MI 48226

Ph: (313) 224-5854

Fx: (313) 224-5884

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