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Office of Register of Deeds

Appointments are strongly suggested.

In preparations for resuming full and open walk-in customer activity during August after the COVID interruption, we began testing equipment. Our testing resulted in the need to replace technological machinery in order to attain an upgrade for the customer experience. Worldwide computer chip shortages have delayed our upgrades resulting an the inability to open our doors as initially planned. The new process is in the works but we do not have an installation date as yet. Until then, appointments are strongly recommended.

Walk-in customers will be accepted as time slots are available but waiting on our floor will not be assured.

The first appointments of the day are at 8:30 AM and the last appointments are at 4:00 PM. To schedule an appointment, select the Schedule Appointmentbutton. You will be directed to the appointment calendar. Select the specific service you need (record, search, or kiosk) and enter the required information. Please note that the 30 minute appointment slots are strictly for high volume customers recording five to 25 documents during the appointment. Other customers can record up to five documents during a 15 minute appointment. Only one person per appointment may enter the office and everyone must wear a mask or face covering. If you need assistance scheduling the appointment, call 313-224-5860.

Customers who plan to record a document should read the information under the Document Recording tab before scheduling an appointment. Your document must comply with the recording requirements and you must pay the correct fees and taxes. If not, we won't be able to record the document. Also, unless an exemption applies, deeds, land contracts and plats must be "tax-certified" by the Wayne County Treasurer before they can be recorded.

Save time and parking fees by searching for and obtaining copies of documents recorded after 1986 on our land records site waynecountylandrecords.com. You must use a credit card to establish an account that allows you to pay $6 to search our database for 15 minutes (or $24 for 60 minutes) and pay $2 per page for copies.

All individuals doing business within our office must wear a mask or face covering.

NO MASK, NO SERVICE

Stay safe.

Bernard J. Youngblood, Wayne County Register of Deeds

Welcome to the Wayne County Register of Deeds

Bestowed with powers by the Michigan constitution, the office of Register of Deeds is the library of land records for the county. Each of the nearly 900,000 property parcels within the county boundaries have their own unique history archived at this location. Just as your neighborhood library incorporates the Dewey Decimal System to stack and retrieve books, here we use a system referencing liber and page number to record and retrieve documents relating to each specific property description dating from 1703.It is a great privilege to be entrusted by the voters to maintain and protect our land records of the county. This responsibility is shared with a selected team of specialized individuals possessing excellence and integrity worthy of this committed pledge under my leadership.

Thank you for visiting and allowing my team to protect your property rights.

Sincerely,

Bernard J. Youngblood
Wayne County Register of Deeds

"Where Good Deeds...Last Forever"©

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Register of Deeds is to provide an easily accessible, accurate and timely archival database of the county land records while providing prompt, courteous and efficient customer service.