Different types of deeds as well as land contracts, mortgages, liens and lease agreements are recorded at the Register of Deeds Office.
After a document is recorded, it becomes a public record, which can be reviewed or copied by any person. The Register of Deeds Office does not keep the original deed or mortgage; instead, the transaction is recorded by stamping a liber, page, and registration number on the document.
A copy or image of the document is then made for permanent record. Over half a million documents are recorded and imaged by the Wayne County Register of Deeds Office each year.
The Register of Deeds Office will be closed on:
Thursday, November 27th - Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 28th - Thanksgiving Holiday
Wednesday, December 24th - January 1, 2015 Christmas Holiday
The very first Constitution of the State of Michigan adopted by Congress of the United States in 1836 established the office of Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds is the official recording officer for all legal papers and instruments pertaining to the transfer and encumbrance of lands and properties within the County. The Register of Deeds also serves as Chairman of the County Plat Board.
The Register of Deeds Office is the place where people record documents relating to land transactions. Different types of deeds as well as land contracts, mortgages, liens and lease agreements are recorded at the Register of Deeds Office.
The work of the Register of Deeds Office does not end after a document is recorded. After the document is copied or imaged, certain important information contained on the document, such as the legal description and the name of the buyer and seller, is indexed on a computer system so that the public can easily review information regarding the ownership history of a particular piece of property. As a matter of fact, the Wayne County Register of Deeds Office was the first office to create what is called a "Tract Index", which allows people to search land transactions or the history of property ownership with only an address or property description. The Wayne County Register of Deeds Office maintains an index of land transactions in Wayne County dating back to 1703, and has copies of more than 50 million document pages.
In the past, everything was recorded and indexed by hand, in large books. Computers are now used to index information and have been used since 1986. People no longer have to come to the Wayne County Register of Deeds Office to search or make copies of records. Companies or individuals are able to research the history of transactions and view or print a recorded document or record from a computer at their office or at home.
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