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.
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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.
October 19, 2015, a separate check of $5 made payable to the Bay County Treasurer is required for all tax certifications.
October 1, 2016 the fee structure changed for Michigan documents.
January 1, 2018, all documents will be numbered using a Document Number, we will no longer be using Liber/Page
***Effective March 17, 2020***
The Bay County Register of Deeds office will be closed for Face to Face transactions.
**All documents must be recorded via USPS, FedEx, UPS or via the online Simplifile system.
**Our office will be available via telephone (989) 895-4228 for any questions regarding recordings, requirements and amounts to remit for payment to record.
**When sending recordings please send a self-addressed stamped envelope for return, a check or money order of $30 per document (no cash) made payable to Bay County Register of Deeds.