Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Macomb County

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

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

120 North Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

PHONE: (586) 469-7953
FAX: (586) 469-5130

EMAIL: registerofdeeds@macombgov.org

Register of Deeds Hours
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

What is Macomb County's Recording Backlog?

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

Should I file my mechanics lien in Macomb County?

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

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

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

NOTE: Please cite a correct RETURN TO name and address on each document (That is where the recorded document will be returned).

1. Signatures must be original and names must be typed, stamped or printed beneath all signatures. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(a)

2. No discrepancy shall exist between the name of each person printed beneath his or her signature and the name recited in the notary acknowledgment or jurat.
MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(b); Amended by HB 5022 and HB 5023

3. Instruments, executed prior to 4/16/17, conveying or mortgaging any interest in real estate shall cite the marital status of any male grantors. MCLA 565.221

4. The addresses of each of the grantees must appear in each document that real estate is conveyed, assigned, encumbered, or otherwise disposed of.
MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(d) Amended by HB 5023

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

6. Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed, or cancel a mortgage/lien, executed in Michigan must have an acknowledgment by a notary public. MCLA 565.8 Amended by HB 5022 and HB 5023

7. A certified copy of the death certificate or proof of death must be recorded and referenced when the instrument of conveyance cites “survivor” or “deceased” in the grantor’s section. MCLA 565.48

A death certificate can no longer be attached to another document, effective 9/18/18.
8. Court orders must be certified and sealed by the Clerk of the Court to be eligible for recording. MCLA 565.401, MCLA 565.411

9. The first page must have 2 ½” margin at top of document and ½” margin on all remaining sides of each page. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(i)

If the first page requirement is not met, you must include a cover page stating the title of the document.
Exceptions (refer to the statute below):
565.203 Inapplicability of act to certain instruments.
Sec. 3.

(1) This act does not apply to any of the following instruments:
(a) A decree, order, judgment or writ of a court.
(b) A death certificate or a certified copy of a death certificate described in section 2886 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.2886.
(2) Section 1(1)(a), (c), and (d) does not apply to an instrument on which the signature itself is printed, typewritten, stamped, or electronically affixed.

10. DEFINITION OF A PAGE: One side of a single sheet of white paper no smaller than 8 ½” x 11″ and no larger than 8 ½” x 14″ with print no smaller than 10 point type, legibly printed or typed on paper of (at least) 20-pound weight. All print must be in black ink. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(iii-vi)

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

The first page must have 2 ½” margin at top of document and ½” margin on all remaining sides of each page. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(i)

If the first page requirement is not met, you must include a cover page stating the title of the document.

DEFINITION OF A PAGE: One side of a single sheet of white paper no smaller than 8 ½” x 11″ and no larger than 8 ½” x 14″ with print no smaller than 10 point type, legibly printed or typed on paper of (at least) 20-pound weight. All print must be in black ink. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(iii-vi)

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

Payment can be made to the Oakland County Register of Deeds using:

Checks
Cash
All major credit and debit cards
Apple Pay

To make a payment, visit the Oakland County Register of Deeds located at:

40 North Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: 586-469-7939
Email: fred.miller@macombgov.org

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

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

Recording Fees

For entering and recording DEEDS, MORTGAGES, LIS PENDENS, CERTIFIED COPIES OF COURT DOCUMENTS, or other instruments:

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 fee of $3. after the first instrument reference remains in effect.

This fee change is in accordance to Michigan Public Acts 224 through 232 of 2016.

Any document which assigns or discharges more than one instrument, a $3.00 fee shall be added for each additional instrument being assigned or discharged.

*$4.00 of this fee is deposited to the Michigan State Survey and Remonumentation (MSSR) fund. The $4.00 M.S.S.R. Fee is not assessed on Fixture Filings; State and Federal Liens; State Deeds; Plats or Treasurer’s Tax Reversion Documents.

Copy Fees:

Copy, real estate records, per page: $1.00
Copy, State or Federal Tax Lien, per page: $1.00
Certifications of any of the above copies: $5.00

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person, by mail or online.

In Person

You can visit the Macomb County Register of Deeds Office located at:

120 North Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

PHONE: (586) 469-7953
FAX: (586) 469-5130
EMAIL: registerofdeeds@macombgov.org

Register of Deeds Hours
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

There are public computer terminals available in the Register of Deeds Office that can be used free of charge to view Indexes of records.

Searches performed by the Register of Deeds staff will cost a minimum of $5.00 per search within 10 years from the date of search. If the document is older than 10 years, $.50 per additional year must be included in the fee. For example: 12-year search = $6.00.

Copies of documents are not made after 4:30 p.m.; however, searches can still be conducted. Copy orders for more than 15 pages will be available the next business day after 12:00 p.m.

Copy fees are as follows:

Copy, real estate records, per page: $1.00
Copy, State or Federal Tax Lien, per page: $1.00
Certifications of any of the above copies: $5.00

Mail

You can download the Macomb County Real Estate Records Search Form, by fax in Michigan call 1-888-99-CLERK or out-of-state call 310-575-5035 and request document 7090, or in writing to the Register of Deeds and provide the type of document being requested, Grantor/Grantee names, approximate date it was recorded, and either an address, legal description or lot number. Any additional information would be helpful.

Searches performed by the Register of Deeds staff will cost a minimum of $5.00 per search within 10 years from the date of search. If the document is older than 10 years, $.50 per additional year must be included in the fee. For example: 12-year search = $6.00.

Online

You can search for Macomb County Land Records online at: https://hosted.uslandrecords.com/cgibin/homepage?County=8025

Michigan Land Records offers internet access to property records. Indexes and images are available for searching and viewing back to 1818.

When you have a subscription, you will be able to search and view any documents available through electronic search at the Clerk/Register of Deeds offices. These documents are unofficial copies but can be used for verification, personal or professional records, documentation backup, or any other use.

Contact or visit the Clerk/Register of Deeds office for a certified copy of a document.

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