Register of Deeds Office

Pandemic Special Hours & Procedures:

The Register of Deeds staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (excluding holidays), via phone and email during this public health emergency. Limited in-person appointments available beginning Monday        June 15th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
Our most vulnerable citizens will be allowed the preference of appointments from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on those days. 
Please limit appointments to business that must be done in person.

We ask that you continue to utilize remote services and visit the governmental center only when necessary.

Documents can be placed in the black drop box on the building to the right of the entrance, near the ATM machine.  Please enclose contact information and return envelope.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Grand Traverse County Register of Deeds Office is to provide timely, secure and accurate recording services that are delivered in a prompt and courteous manner.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Register of Deeds is the official recording office for all land records in Grand Traverse County. Some of the documents this office is responsible for receiving, recording, scanning, and delivering are:
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Satisfactions/Discharges
  • Assignments
  • Sheriff deeds
  • Tax liens
  • UCC/Financing statements
Public Records
All records are available to the public with the exception of Real Estate Transfer Tax Valuation Affidavits which are not public record. Our computer image index dates back to the early 1970's and we are adding more records and images daily. Imaging and back indexing of these documents is on-going. 

Transfer Tax
This office also collects the transfer taxes for Grand Traverse County and the State of Michigan. Transfer tax is determined by the amount of consideration (price) on a deed.

Guest Speaking

If you would like for us to come and speak to your classroom or organization to discuss the functions of our office, please contact us at 231-922-4749 or by email.

Questions or Concerns
If you have any questions, would like to provide input, or cannot locate the information you need, please contact Peggy Haines by email.