Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Ogemaw County

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

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

806 W. Houghton Avenue, Room 104
West Branch, MI 48661

(989) 345-0728 Phone
(989) 345-6221 Fax

Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed State/Federal Holidays

What is Ogemaw County's Recording Backlog?

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

Should I file my mechanics lien in Ogemaw County?

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

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

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

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

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

3. Instruments conveying or mortgaging property shall state the marital status of all male grantors/mortgagors. (married or single) MCLA 565.221

4. The address of the grantees in each deed of conveyance or assignment of real estate shall contain the street number address or post office address. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(d)

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

6. Documents purporting to convey or encumber real estate executed in Michigan require an acknowledgment by a judge, clerk of a court of record or a notary public within this state. MCLA 565.8; form: MCLA 565.47, MCLA 565.265; 565.267

7. A certified copy of the death certificate or proof of death must be recorded or have been recorded and referenced by Liber and Page or document number on said document when “survivor” is indicated on the document. MCLA 565.48

8. Court orders must be certified and sealed by the clerk of the court. MCLA 565.401 and MCLA 565.411

9. The document submitted for recording must be legible. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(iv)

10. Document must have a margin of unprinted space at least 2 ½ inches at the top of the first page and at least ½ inch on all remaining sides of each page. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(i)

11. 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(f)(ii); 565.201 Sec. 3

12. The type on the form must be printed with black ink; type size at least 10-point type. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (f)(iii)(iv)

13. The paper on which the document is printed must be white and not less than 20-pound weight. MCLA 565.201 Sec 1(f)(iv)

14. The size of the document and any attachment thereto must be at least 8 ½ inches by 11 inches; at most 8 ½ inches by 14 inches. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(v)(vi)

15. Unless required by state or federal law or court order, no more than 4 sequential digits of any social security number may appear on the instrument. MCLA 565.201 Sec 1(g)

16. Instruments shall not purport to evidence more than one recordable event. MCLA 565.201(3)

17. When a subdivision plat has been recorded, the lots in the plat shall be described by the caption of the plat and the lot number for all purposes. MCLA 560.255

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

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

The document submitted for recording must be legible. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(iv)

Document must have a margin of unprinted space at least 2 ½ inches at the top of the first page and at least ½ inch on all remaining sides of each page. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(i)

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(f)(ii); 565.201 Sec. 3

The type on the form must be printed with black ink; type size at least 10-point type. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1 (f)(iii)(iv)

The paper on which the document is printed must be white and not less than 20-pound weight. MCLA 565.201 Sec 1(f)(iv)

The size of the document and any attachment thereto must be at least 8 ½ inches by 11 inches; at most 8 ½ inches by 14 inches. MCLA 565.201 Sec. 1(f)(v)(vi)

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

The Ogemaw County Register of Deeds Office accepts cash, check or credit card. Fees must accompany documents for recording.

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

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

Recording Fees

For entering and recording any Deed, Mortgage, Lis Pendens, Certified Copy or other instruments:
Flat fee of $30 per document

* Any document 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.

* (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))

* 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 25 descriptions $5.00

* $0.20 will be added for each additional description over 25

Fixture Filing Fees: MCLA 440.9525, MSA 19.9403 (to be recorded in real estate records)

Any standard form $30.00

Copy Fees

* Copy of real estate records, per page $1.00 (.50 more for mailing)
* Copy of Plats, per page $1.50 (.50 more for mailing)
* Certificate of recorded documents $5.00 (Note: certified documents must be copied in its entirety.)
* Processing Fee $2.00 plus $1.00 per page

Search Fees

* Searching the Real Estate Record per name $.50 per year – $5.00 minimum fee
* State Tax Lien Certificate $3.00 per name searched
* Federal Tax Lien Search $3.00 per name searched

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

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

806 W. Houghton Avenue, Room 104
West Branch, MI 48661

(989) 345-0728 Phone
(989) 345-6221 Fax

Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed State/Federal Holidays

All real estate records are public. The real estate records date back to the mid 1800’s. Searches may be done by coming into the office. You can search by name or legal description. There are three terminals for researchers.

Copies of any recorded instrument may be reproduced for a fee

Copy fees are as follows:

Copy of real estate records, per page $1.00 (.50 more for mailing)
Certificate of recorded documents $5.00 (Note: certified documents must be copied in its entirety.)
Processing Fee $2.00 plus $1.00 per page

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