Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Arenac County

Where is the Arenac County Clerk/Register of Deeds's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Arenac County Register of Deeds Office located at:

120 N Grove Street
P.O. Box 296
Standish, MI 48658

Phone: (989) 846-9201
Fax: (989) 846-9166 fax

Hours
9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

What is Arenac County's Recording Backlog?

The Arenac County Register of Deeds Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Arenac County?

If your construction project is located in Arenac County, then yes, you should file your lien here.

What are Arenac County's requirements for recording a mechanics lien?

The Arenac County Register of Deeds Office’s recording requirements are as follows:

AN ACT to amend 1937 PA 103, entitled “An act to prescribe certain conditions relative to the execution of instruments entitled to be recorded in the office of the register of deeds,” by amending section 1 (MCL 565.201), as amended by 2002 PA 19.

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Sec. 1. (1) An instrument executed after October 29, 1937, by which the title to or any interest in real estate is conveyed, assigned, encumbered, or otherwise disposed of shall not be received for record by the register of deeds of any county of this state unless that instrument complies with each of the following requirements:

(a) The name of each person purporting to execute the instrument is legibly printed, typewritten or stamped beneath the original signature or mark of the person.
(b) A discrepancy does not exist between the name of each person as printed, typewritten or, stamped beneath their signature and the name as recited in the acknowledgement or jurat on the instrument..
(c) The name of any notary public whose signature appears upon the instrument is legibly printed, typewritten or stamped upon the instrument immediately beneath the signature of that notary public.
(d) The address of each of the grantees in each deed of conveyance or assignment of real estate, including the street number address if located within territory where street number addresses are in common use, or, if not, the post office address, is legibly printed, typewritten, or stamped on the instrument.
(e) If the instrument is executed before April 1, 1997, each sheet of the instrument is all of the following:
(i) Typewritten or printed in type not smaller than 8-point size.
(ii) Not more than 8-1/2 by 14 inches.
(iii) Legible.
(iv) On paper of not less than 13 (17 x 22–500) pound weight.
(f) If the instrument is executed after April 1, 1997, each sheet of the instrument complies with all of the following requirements:
(i) Has a margin of unprinted space that is at least 2-1/2 inches at the top of the first page and at least 1/2 inch on all remaining sides of each page.
(ii) Subject to subsection (3), displays on the first line of print on the first page of the instrument a single statement identifying the recordable event that the instrument evidences.
(iii) Is electronically, mechanically, or hand printed in 10-point type or the equivalent of 10-point type.
(iv) Is legibly printed in black ink on white paper that is not less than 20- pound weight.
(v) Is not less than 8-1/2 inches wide and 11 inches long or more than 8-1/2 inches wide and 14 inches long.
(vi) Contains no attachment that is less than 8-1/2 inches wide and 11 inches long or more than 8-1/2 inches wide and 14 inches long.
(g) Unless state or federal law, rule, regulation, or court order or rule requires that all or more than 4 sequential digits of the social security number appear in the instrument, beginning on 1 of the following dates the first 5 digits of any social security number appearing in or on the instrument are obscured or removed:
(i) Except as provided in subparagraph (ii), the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subdivision.
(ii) For an instrument presented to the register of deeds by the department of treasury, April 1, 2008.
(2) Subsection (1)(e) and (f) do not apply to instruments executed outside this state or to the filing or recording of a plat or other instrument, the size of which is regulated by law.

(3) A register of deeds shall not record an instrument executed after April 1, 1997, if the instrument purports to evidence more than 1 recordable event.

(4) Any instrument received and recorded by a register of deeds shall be conclusively presumed to comply with this act. The requirements contained in this act are cumulative to the requirements imposed by any other act relating to the recording of instruments.

(5) An instrument that complies with the provisions of this act and any other act relating to the recording of instruments shall not be rejected for recording because of the content of the instrument.

565.201a. Recording requirements: scrivener’s name and address on recorded instruments
Sec. 1a. Each instrument described in Section 11 executed after January 1, 1964, shall contain the name of the person who drafted the instrument and the business address of such person.

What are the margin & page size requirements to file a lien in Arenac County?

The Arenac County Register of Deeds Office’s page requirements are as follows:

If the instrument is executed before April 1, 1997, each sheet of the instrument is all of the following:

(i) Typewritten or printed in type not smaller than 8-point size.

(ii) Not more than 8-1/2 by 14 inches.

(iii) Legible.

(iv) On paper of not less than 13 (17 x 22–500) pound weight.

If the instrument is executed after April 1, 1997, each sheet of the instrument complies with all of the following requirements:

(i) Has a margin of unprinted space that is at least 2-1/2 inches at the top of the first page and at least 1/2 inch on all remaining sides of each page.

(ii) Subject to subsection (3), displays on the first line of print on the first page of the instrument a single statement identifying the recordable event that the instrument evidences.

(iii) Is electronically, mechanically, or hand printed in 10-point type or the equivalent of 10-point type.

(iv) Is legibly printed in black ink on white paper that is not less than 20- pound weight.

(v) Is not less than 8-1/2 inches wide and 11 inches long or more than 8-1/2 inches wide and 14 inches long.

(vi) Contains no attachment that is less than 8-1/2 inches wide and 11 inches long or more than 8-1/2 inches wide and 14 inches long.

How can I make payment to the Arenac County Clerk/Register of Deeds's Office?

The Arenac County Register of Deeds Office accepts credit or debit card payments.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in Arenac County?

The Arenac County Register of Deeds Office’s recording fees are as follows:

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2016 PER MCL 600.2657, Register of Deeds fees:
a) For entering and recording a document, regardless of the number of pages, $30.00.

b) For a document that assigns or discharges more than 1 instrument, in addition to the $30.00 there is a $3.00 fee for each additional instrument assigned or discharged.

Transfer Taxes
In addition to fees charged for the recording of documents, the Register of Deeds office also collects Real Estate Transfer Taxes, both County and State. On all instruments subject to tax, the value of the real property transferred shall be stated on the face of the document or a real estate valuation affidavit declaring the total value of the real estate shall be filed. There is no fee for filing the real estate valuation affidavit, but a statement must be made on the face of the instrument that a real estate valuation affidavit is being filed. (MCL 207.511, 207.525)

Transfer tax imposed shall be collected unless the transfer is exempt from either or both taxes (State and/or County). Exemptions must be stated on the face of the instrument presented for recording
(MCL 207.505, 207.526).

If the value of the real estate transferred is $100.00 or more, payment of State and County transfer tax is required. The rate of County tax is 55 cents for each $500 or fraction thereof of value of consideration and the rate of State tax is $3.75 for each $500 or fraction thereof of value of consideration. Please call the Register of Deeds if you have any questions at (989)846.9201.

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Arenac County Clerk/Register of Deeds's Office?

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the Arenac County Register of Deeds Office located at:

120 N Grove Street
P.O. Box 296
Standish, MI 48658

Phone: (989) 846-9201
Fax: (989) 846-9166 fax

Hours
9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

You can also search for Arenac County Register of Deeds records online at:
https://rodweb.arenaccountygov.com/LandShark/login

Images can be purchased through credit or debit card, by following these steps:

1. Contact Arenac County Register of Deeds at 989-846-9201 to find out the number of pages in your document;

2. Connect to the following link to process your credit card, https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/plc/9042;

3. When prompted to enter the fee you are charging to your card, ONLY enter the number of pages we told you in step 1, as the Arenac County Register of Deeds are unable to reverse the charges once it has been submitted;

4. Once the office receives the automated notice of your completed payment, they will email, fax or mail your copies, per your instructions.

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