Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Oakland County

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

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

1200 N Telegraph Rd
Dept 480
Pontiac, MI 48341

Phone: 248-858-0606
E-mail: deeds@oakgov.com

Office Hours

8:00am – 4:30pm Mon – Fri

The Oakland County Register of Deeds office also offers electronic recording of your real estate documents. You will need to register through one of the companies below to begin this service with the office:

​Corporation Service Company – erecording@cscglobal.com
eRecording Partners Network – support@GOePN.com
Simplifile – mwilsey@simplifile.com
Conduent Exchange – erxsupport@conduent.com

What is Oakland County's Recording Backlog?

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

Should I file my mechanics lien in Oakland County?

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

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

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

1. Signatures must be original; names must be typed or printed beneath all signatures. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1-A, E)

2. No discrepancy shall exist between names printed in notary acknowledgment or signatures. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1-B)

3. Name and address of all parties must appear on the instruments that convey or encumber real estate. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1-A, 565.203)

4. Name and address of the person who drafted the document must be shown on the document. (MCLA 565.201 A, 565.203)

5. Documents executed in Michigan require notary public acknowledgment with signature, county of certification, name of party(s) being acknowledged and expiration date. (MCLA 565.8)

6. Certified copy of a Death Certificate or copy of proof of death must be recorded when “survivor” is indicated on the document. (MCLA 565.48)
Court Orders must be certified and sealed by the Clerk of the Court. (MCLA 565.401, 565.411)

7. The document must be: legibly printed or typed in black ink, type size 10pt, white 20lb paper with a blank margin of 2 1/2″ at the top of the first page and 1/2″ on all other margins. Paper size must be 8 1/2″ x 11″ and not larger than 8 1/2″ x 14″. Signatures may be in black or blue ink. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1)

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 Sec 1(h), 565.201 Sec 3)

9. Total value of real property must be stated on the face of the document or affidavit attached. (MCLA 207.504, 207.525)

10. Land contracts, warranty deeds or any other deed containing a warranty clause must be tax certified at the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office.

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

The document must be: legibly printed or typed in black ink, type size 10pt, white 20lb paper with a blank margin of 2 1/2″ at the top of the first page and 1/2″ on all other margins. Paper size must be 8 1/2″ x 11″ and not larger than 8 1/2″ x 14″. Signatures may be in black or blue ink. (MCLA 565.201 Sec 1)

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

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

Checks
Money orders
Cash
VISA, Mastercard, and Discover Credit/Debit cards

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

1200 Telegraph Rd.
Dept. 480
Pontiac, MI 48341
Phone: 248-858-0606

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

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

Recording Fees

Recording Fee (this includes the $4.00 state survey & remonumentation fee) – $30.00

Documents that release or assign multiple lines and pages due to the original lien or mortgage being re-recorded should show all associated lines and pages on the discharge or assignment. The liber and page of the original recording is included in the recording fee. There is a $3 charge for each additional referenced liber and page.

Copy Fees

Copies – $1.00 per page
Certification of Copy – $5.00 per document

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

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

1200 N Telegraph Rd
Dept 480
Pontiac, MI 48341

Phone: 248-858-0606
E-mail: deeds@oakgov.com

Office Hours

8:00am – 4:30pm Mon – Fri

You can also search for Oakland County’s Real Property Official Records online at: https://ocmideeds.com/

The Super Index allows you to search the history of property records or obtain recorded property documents.

Advantages

* Free search
* Faster results
* PDF documents for simplified viewing, saving and printing
* Full document search (no longer limited to indexed information)

Fees

$6.00 first document
$1.00 each additional document per transaction

You can also search Oakland County’s property records online at:
https://www.uslandrecords.com/uslr/UslrApp/index.jsp

This service will provide features to search the history of property records or obtain recorded property documents. Searches may be purchased in bulk packages or one at a time. In addition to search fees there will also be a $1.00 per document view fee.

These documents are unofficial copies but can be used for verification, personal or professional records or documentation backup. Certified copies must be obtained directly from the Register of Deeds Office.

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