Recording fees are payable in person via cash or check only.
In office copy fees may be paid by cash or check.
Online copies are payable by credit/debit card or escrow account.

Make checks payable to Emmet County Register of Deeds and mail to:
Emmet County Register of Deeds
200 Division St., Suite 150
Petoskey, MI  49770

  • Recording fee for entering and recording any document – $30
    • For any document which assigns or discharges more than one instrument:
      $3 shall be added to the recording fee for each additional instrument
  • Certification fee – $5 per document
  • Copies – $1 per page or $1.05 online
  • Land record search requests – $5 per 30 minutes
  • Warranty Deeds
    • Land Contract
    • Assignment of Land Contract with warranty clause
    • Master Deed for Condominium
    • Covenant Deed
    • Any Deed which contains a covenant of warranty
      Tax Certification must be obtained before recording [MCLA 211.135]:
      $5 for up to 5 descriptions; 20¢ per additional description



The ROD office offers electronic filing, eliminating the need for paper recording of deeds, mortgages, liens and discharges of mortgages. The system is secure and electronically sends documents to the office. It permits corrections to be made back-and-forth within minutes, saving time by avoiding the mail.

Managing e-recording for the county are:

Contact them for guidance with the e-recording process.


Complete this form and bring to the office or submit to [email protected]. Search results, while as accurate as the records permit, are not insured or guaranteed by the Register of Deeds Office. They are for informational purposes only.


All of our staff are notaries and can notarize, time permitting, any documents to be recorded in our office. This service is only for documents that are to be filed with the Register of Deeds.


Application for State Real Estate Transfer Tax (SRETT) Refund

Construction Claim of Lien, Discharge and instructions are available at our office or on mighigan.gov.

Michigan Real Estate Transfer Tax Table

Transfer Tax exemptions

Uniform Commercial Code information request form

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
(231) 348-1700 | Contact Us