Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Marquette County

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

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

234 W. Baraga Avenue
Marquette, Michigan 49855

PH: (906) 225-8415
FAX: (906) 225-8420

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5 p. m.
Closed on Holidays

Marquette County Register of Deeds is also accepting documents submitted electronically (eRecording).

Not all documents can be erecorded check with the vendors listed below.

Marquette County is currently accepting “eDocuments” from third party vendors according to the State of Michigan Electronic Recording Commission. Vendors include:

CSC: www.erecording.com

ePN: www.goepn.com

Indecomm Global Services: www.indecomm.net

Simplifile: simplifile.com

While eDocuments may be submitted any time and are noted as such, the eDocument will be processed during regular Register of Deeds office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What is Marquette County's Recording Backlog?

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

Should I file my mechanics lien in Marquette County?

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

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

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

I. The name of each person purporting to execute the instrument must be legibly printed, typewritten, or stamped beneath the original signature or mark of the person. MCL 565.20 I Sec. I (a)( c)

2. A discrepancy must not exist between the name of each person as printed, typewritten, or stamped beneath the signature and the name as recited in the acknowledgment or jurat on the instrument.
MCL 565.201 Sec. I (b)

3. The address of each of the grantees must be printed 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. MCL 565.201 Sec. I (d)

4. The name and address of the person who drafted the document must appear on documents executed in Michigan. MCL 565.20 la, 565.203; person defined: MCL 8.31, 55.265(g), 205.803(h), 207.522(a)

5. Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan must be acknowledged by a judge, clerk of the court of record or by a notary public. MCL 565.8, MCL 565.47

6. A certified copy of the death certificate or proof of death must be recorded when the instrument of conveyance states “survivor’ in the grantor’s section. MCL 565.48

7. Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court to be eligible for recording. MCL 565.401 , 565.411. See MCL 8.3n which permits electronic seals to be affixed to electronic court records.

8. The document submitted for recording must be legible. MCL 565.20 I Sec. I (t)(iv)

9. Documents must have a margin of unprinted space 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. MCL 565.20 I, Sec. I (e)(iii), Sec. I (t)(i)

10. Documents must display on the first line of print on the first page, a single statement identifying the single recordable event that the instrument evidences. MCL 565.201 Sec. I (t)(ii); 565.20 I Sec. 3

11. The form must be printed with black ink; type size at least 1 0-point type. MCL 565.20 I Sec. I (t)(iii)(iv)

12. The paper on which the document is printed must be white and not less than 20-pound weight. MCL 565.20 I Sec. I (e)(iv), Sec. I (f) (iv)

13. The size of the document and any attachment thereto must be at least 8 1/2 inches by II inches; at most 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches. MCL 565.201 Sec. I (e)(i i); (t)(v)(vi)

14. Unless state or federa l law, court order or rule requires that all or more than 4 sequential digits of the social security number appear in the instrument, the first 5 digits of any social security number appearing in or on the instrument are obscured or removed. MCL 565.201 Sec. I (g)

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

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

1. Documents must have a margin of unprinted space 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. MCL 565.20 I, Sec. I (e)(iii), Sec. I (t)(i)

2. Documents must display on the first line of print on the first page, a single statement identifying the single recordable event that the instrument evidences. MCL 565.201 Sec. I (t)(ii); 565.20 I Sec. 3

3. The form must be printed with black ink; type size at least 1 0-point type. MCL 565.20 I Sec. I (t)(iii)(iv)

4. The paper on which the document is printed must be white and not less than 20-pound weight. MCL 565.20 I Sec. I (e)(iv), Sec. I (f) (iv)

5. The size of the document and any attachment thereto must be at least 8 1/2 inches by II inches; at most 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches. MCL 565.201 Sec. I (e)(i i); (t)(v)(vi)

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

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

Statutory Fees
Act No. 398 Public Acts of 2002, MCLA 600.2567, Effective March 31, 2003

For entering and RECORDING any Deed, Mortgage, Lis Pendens, Certified Copy or other instruments:

*$4.00 of this fee is deposited to the Michigan State Survey & Remonumentation (MSSR) fund.

(The $4.00 MSSR fee is not assessed on Fixture Filings, Federal Liens, State Liens, MESC Liens, State Deeds, Plats or Tax Reversion Documents, MCLA 600.2567a(4))

Any documents which assigns or discharges more than one instrument: $3.00 shall be added to the recording fee for each additional instrument so assigned or discharged.

Warranty Deeds, deeds which contain a covenant of warranty, Land Contracts or Assignment of Land Contracts must have a tax certificate from the County Treasurer’s office. MCLA 211.135:

For up to twenty-five (25) descriptions $5.00
Each additional description $.20
Effective OCTOBER 1, 2016 in the State of Michigan
Regardless of the number of pages, all documents will cost $30.00 to record. This cost is inclusive of Michigan Remonumentation and Register of Deeds Automation fees. For a document that assigns or discharges more than 1 instrument, $3.00 for each instrument assigned or discharged (in addition to the $30.00 fee). To certify a recorded document $5.00; copies remain at $1.00 per page. Transfer Tax fees and the $5.00 Treasurer’s Tax Certification fee is still due for those documents that require it.

Copy Fees
Copy of real estate records, per page $1.00
Copy of Plats, per page $2.00
Certification of recorded documents $5.00 (Note: certified documents must be copied in its entirety.)
UCC Search Fees
UCC Search $6.00 per name
State Tax Lien Certificate $3.00 per name
Federal Tax Lien Certificate $3.00 per name
Copy of UCC filings $2.00 per page
Copy of State & Federal Liens $1.00 per page
Certification of UCC Copy $1.00 per record

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

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

234 W. Baraga Avenue
Marquette, Michigan 49855

PH: (906) 225-8415
FAX: (906) 225-8420

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5 p. m.
Closed on Holidays

Copy fees are as follows:

Copy of real estate records, per page: $1.00
Certification of recorded documents: $5.00 (Note: certified documents must be copied in its entirety.)

You can also search for Marquette County Register of Deeds document information online.

There are two ways to search for document information. One is fee based, and the other is free to all.

) The free search is a named base search which gives basic information about the recorded instrument; i.e. document type, parties involved, date of recording, etc. You can access this document search here:
http://67.212.214.84/MIMarquette/DirectSearch/

2) The second method of retrieving documents is a fee based search . The information retrieved is much more extensive. The user will have the ability to search the tract index, retrieve document images, and retrieve all of the information that is included in the free search. You can access the fee based search here: http://67.212.214.84/MIMarquette/DirectSearch/
and access the Tapestry – Land Records Online Search here:
https://tapestry.fidlar.com/Tapestry2/

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