The first Constitution of Michigan created the Office of Register of Deeds in 1835. The Register of Deeds is the elected official of the people to review, record, and maintain into perpetuity the public record of all real estate recordings in each County in the State of Michigan. The Register’s office is tasked to put on public record any recordable document pertaining to real property in Newaygo County, including deeds, mortgages, land contracts, trusts and other documents relating to real estate. The Register of Deeds is also Chairman of the County Plat Board.
The goals of the office are:
- To provide prompt service and access to information as to the public record regarding real property located in Newaygo County.
- To process and accept for public record all documents recordable pursuant to the Michigan Recording Act.
- To pursue new technologies that will enhance the input, storage, and retrieval of information.
To ensure that the public record is safe, all records have been digitized. Our staff is transferring these images into our land records database system so records are easily searched via the internet. Our records date from 1840 to the present and currently we are indexing back to the mid 1910’s. These records are accessible through the County’s website or you may conduct your own search using the public terminals in our office.
If you would like to record a document you may do so in person or by mail with sufficient fees provided it meets the Michigan Recording Standards. We also accept electronic recordings through Simplifile.
The recording of your document, by this office, does not make your document legal. It makes your document public. Please be aware that pursuant to MCL 600.916(1), ROD staff members are barred by law from giving legal advice or preparing legal documents.