How to File a Quitclaim Deed in Michigan

By George Lawrence
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Michigan, like other states, allows people to transfer title in property by deed. One common deed is the quitclaim deed. If you intend to file a quitclaim deed in Michigan, you must file the completed quitclaim document in the Registry of Deeds office located in the county where the property is located. Each county in Michigan has a Registry of Deeds. These offices are typically open Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (however, hours may vary by county).

Use the quitclaim deed form available from the Registry of Deeds located in the county where the property is located or type your own deed. If you type the deed, title the document “Quit Claim Deed, State of Michigan, County of [County Where Property is Situated].”

Write the name of the person giving away title in the space next to "Grantor(s)." Include the grantor's address. Write the name of the person receiving title in the space next to "Grantee." Include the grantee's title. If typing your own deed, write "[Grantor's name and address] conveys and quitclaims to [Grantee's name and address] real estate situated in [Township and County of Michigan]."

Describe the property using the property's address, the tax item number if available, and any other identifying information such as the boundary lines listed on the original deed.

Bring the quitclaim deed to a Michigan notary public. Sign the document in the presence of the notary. Both the grantor and grantee should sign. Have the document notarized.

Bring the notarized quitclaim deed to the Registry of Deeds located in the Michigan county where the property is situated. Tell the clerk you want to file your quitclaim deed. Pay the filing fee to file the deed. The filing fee may vary by county. For example, in Genessee County the fee is $14, whereas in Oakland County the fee is $10.

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