Documents can be recorded in person or by being sent to our office. Each document submitted for recording should be accompanied by a separate check totaling the amount of fees and transfer tax due, if any. No more than 25 documents shall be submitted for recording with a single check. Our office accepts money orders, cashier's checks, certified checks, corporation checks and law firm checks. Cash and personal checks are accepted only in person. All checks should be made payable to: Wayne County Register of Deeds
Documents which we have determined to be unrecordable will be returned with instructions for correction and resubmission. If a group of documents is presented for recording with only a single check and any one of the documents in the group does not meet the recording requirements, the enitre group will be returned. Checks submitted with unrecordable documents will be returned with the unrecorded documents.
If the amount of the submitted check exceeds the total amount due for the documents by more than $25.00, or the amount of the check is less than the total amount due, the documents and check will be returned without being processed. If the amount of the check exceeds the total amount due but the surplus does not exceed $25.00, the documents will be processed however no refund will be made.
Documents submitted to, and recorded by this office will be returned in the same manner in which they were received. If they were hand-delivered, they must be picked up by the same firm or agent who delivered them for recording. If the documents submitted for recording were mailed, they will be mailed back to the return address on document. We will not return recorded documents in pre-addressed return envelopes. All documents submitted for recording will be returned approximately 2 to 7 days from the date that they were received and recorded by this office.
The fee to record a real estate document is $15.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page or side. The fee for the first page includes a $4.00 State Remonumentation Fee. Transfer tax must be paid at the time of recording for all documents which transfer an interest in property unless a proper exemption is noted.
Here is a downloadable list of exemption codes
The transfer tax rate is computed at $1.10 per $1,000 for Wayne County, and $7.50 per $1,000 for the State of Michigan.