Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Kent County

Where is the Kent County Register of Deeds that files mechanics liens?

You can file mechanics liens in person at the Kent County Register of Deeds located at:

County Administration Building
300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-632-7610

Hours

Mon-Fri
8:00 am – 4:45 pm

The office stops recording at 4:30 pm.

What is Kent County's Recording Backlog?

The Kent County Register of Deeds does not publicly provide information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Kent County, or some other county?

If the construction project took place in Kent County, then you should file the lien in Kent County.

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

The Kent County Register of Deeds recording requirements are as follows:

1. The name of each person executing the instrument is legibly printed, typewritten, or stamped beneath the original signature or mark of the person, and the signature or mark is in black or dark blue ink. MCLA 565.201

2. No discrepancy shall exist between names printed in the notary acknowledgement and as printed beneath signatures. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1

3. The address of grantees in each deed of conveyance or assignment of real estate shall contain the street number address or post office address. MCLA 565.201

4. The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on the documents executed in Michigan. MCLA 565.201a, 565.203

5. Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan must have an acknowledgement by a notary public. MCLA 565.8

6. Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court to be eligible for recording. MCLA 565.401, 565.411

7. The document submitted for recording must be legible. MCLA 565.201 (g) (iii)

8. Documents must display on the first line of print on the first page, a single statement identifying the recordable event that the instrument evidences. MCLA 565.201

9. The type on the form must be printed with black ink; type size at least 10-point type. MCLA 565.201

10. All claims of lien must be notarized.

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

Liens filed in Kent County must meet the following formatting specifications:

1. Liens should be printed on 8.5 x 11 or 8.5 x 14 paper.
2. Liens should be printed using either blue or black ink.
3. Liens should be printed in a minimum of 10 point font.
4. The first page must include a 2.5 inch margin, and each following page must include .5 inch margins on all sides.

How can I make payment to the Kent County Register of Deeds Office?

You can make payment to the Kent County Register of Deeds with:

Cash
Checks
Money orders

Make sure checks are written out to the Kent County Register of Deeds. You can make payments
in person at the Kent County Register of Deeds at:

300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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

The Kent County Register of Deeds Office recording fees are as follows:

Recording fees

$30 per document

Tax Fees

$5 per deed

Copy & search fees

$1 per page
$5 search fee
$5 certification fee

Printout of recorded information

$.25 per page for up to 500 pages
$20 max on all reports from 80 to 500 pages

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from Kent County's Register of Deeds?

You can obtain a recorded copy of your mechanics lien by visiting the Kent County Register of Deeds in person at:

300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

You can also request documents by mail, or you can search online using the Register of Deeds Document Search in the Online Services section on their website.
However, a minimum processing fee will be charged.

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