Requirements for Recording a Michigan Quit Claim Deed

Recording a quit claim deed will give your share of ownership in real estate property to someone else. Once a quit claim deed is signed and filed at your county recorder's office, it permanently transfers title and cannot be undone if you understood the transaction taking place. In the state of Michigan, quit claim deeds are filed at the Register of Deeds offices in the county where the real estate is located.


A quit claim deed in Michigan must contain the names of the person or persons transferring the property. The recipient's name and address must also be placed on the quit claim form. A legal description of the property is needed under its address. This can be found on your property tax bill or by contacting the Register of Deeds in your Michigan county.


The signature of the grantor is mandatory on the quit claim deed to transfer the property. The grantee is not required to sign the deed in Michigan. The quit claim deed must be signed in front of a notary public, who attests to the fact that you are who you claim to be and that you signed the document. Without the seal of the notary, the deed is not valid.


The Michigan legislature has requirements for paperwork that is recorded with the Register of Deeds. It must contain type or print in black ink that is clear and large enough to read. The paper of the deed must be white and no larger than 8.5-by-14-inches. It's required that the first page top margin is no smaller than 2.5 inches. If attachments are included, all sides should have at least a half-inch margin and must be no smaller than 8.5-by-11-inches and no larger than 8.5-by-14-inches.


In Michigan, a quit claim deed must be signed by a witness, in addition to the notary, to make it legal. Normally, the witness is present with you when you sign the deed to ensure that it is your signature and that you signed willingly and not under duress. After all required signatures are collected and notarized, file the document with your local register of deeds to complete the transaction.