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Register of Deeds

Brandon Krause

Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Suite 102
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5122
Voice: (989) 895-4228
Fax: (989) 895-4296
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049

Register of Deeds is responsible for recording, indexing and maintaining the records of all deeds, mortgages, liens, and other legal documents affecting real estate in Bay County along with many other miscellaneous legal documents. The Register's office provides customer service to the residents of Bay County as well as many businesses (credit bureaus, lending institutions, attorneys, title companies, insurance companies, realtors, etc.)in the county and surrounding areas. The records in the Register of Deeds office are used extensively by many of these businesses to assist in making financial decisions. Some of the services, in addition to the daily customer service provided by the Register of Deeds office are typed lien searches, typed UCC searches, record copying and mortgage reporting.

There are no time constraints on research hours. The records are available from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Our records may be searched via the link shown below.  The records you will have access to will be a general name index only. Records are from 1974 to current.  To access the site you must accept the terms and conditions of use.Once accepting, use the Guest Login.  This will allow you to search by name.  In the Step 3 Box type last name, comma, space, and the first couple letters of the first name.  i.e. Doe, Jo (instead of typing in the entire first name of John).  Should you have any questions with the website, please feel free to call the office.  The website is best suited for Microsoft Internet Explorer and may not work properly with other browsers.

E-Record Your Documents

Bay County Register of Deeds now offers eRecording as an option for delivering your documents to the county for recording. You may now e-record all of your deeds, mortgages and other documents online. If you have high-speed Internet access and a scanner, you have what you need to start e-recording. For more information or to get started, call 1-800-460-5657 or visit Simplifile.com.

*As of July 1, 2015, tax certifications $5.

*As of October 19, 2015, a separate check of $5 made payable to the Bay County Treasurer is required for all tax certifications.

*On Friday, July 29, 2016 we will be changing software to CSI Title One, with DoxPop as your search engine.  All online searching will NOT be available beginning at 5pm Thursday, July 28, 2016 until Monday, August 1, 2016.  Thank you for  your patience during this conversion, and we look forward to serving you better.


Bay County Searches

Search Land Records

Property Tax Query       
Property Access Center

Tax Maps

Card Index (1958-1984)

Recording Information

Recording Fees
Recording Requirements
Exemptions - State
Exemptions - County


Other Informational Websites

Michigan Association of Register of Deeds (MARD)

Bay City, City of

Cemeteries, Bay County

Bay Journal


Michigan.gov Searches


Notary Search

Subdivision/Plat Search

Corporate Entity Search

Oil and Gas Information

Michigan.gov Forms

Agricultural Affidavit

Property Transfer Affidavit
NOTE:  These are to be filed with local city or township assessor - not Register of Deeds.

Request to Rescind Qualified Agricultural Property Exemption