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Houghton County Register of Deeds

Houghton County Register of Deeds

Houghton County Courthouse, 2nd Floor
401 E. Houghton Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931



Jennifer Kelly - Register of Deeds
Mary Ann Krug - Deputy Register
Linda Fredrickson - Senior Accounts Processor
Jenny Deycaza - Senior Accounts Processor





The Register of Deeds office has a daily cutoff time for recording at 3:30 p.m.


Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

EMAIL CONTACTS; Jennifer Kelly

The Register of Deeds office maintains an index and copy of all recorded documents pertaining to property located within the county.
  • Tract Index Fee: $16.00 / hour

Records On File For Houghton County

  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Miscellaneous
  • Land Corners
  • Plats
  • Surveys

Recording Fees

Effective OCTOBER 1, 2016 in the State of Michigan

Regardless of the number of pages, all documents will cost $30.00 to record, this cost is inclusive of Michigan Remonumentation and Register of Deeds Automation fees.

For a document that assigns or discharges more than 1 instrument, $3.00 for each instrument assigned or discharged (in addition to the $30.00 flat fee).

For documents which contain a covenant of warranty, Warranty Deeds, Covenant Deeds, Land Contracts or Assignment of Land Contracts, $5.00 to certify (in addition to the $30.00 flat fee).

Remember -- transfer tax is still separate from all of these fees.

Checks should be made payable to the Houghton County Register of Deeds.

The $4.00 M.S.S.R. is not assessed on Fixture Fillings, State and Federal Liens, State Deeds, Plats, or Treasurer’s tax reversion documents.

Search & Copy Fees

State Tax Lien Certificate Search 
$3.00/ name search

Federal Tax Lien Certificate Search 
$3.00/ name search

Real estate record copy 
$1.00/ page

Plat copy 
$2.00/ page


  • $80 (+$35 execution fee) under 16 years of age-valid for 5 years. 15 and under need both parents signatures and birth record along with old passport if renewing. Ages 16 and 17 must have one parent sign. $110 (+$35 execution fee) 16 years and older-valid for 10 years.

  • Checks/money orders only for passport applications. We DO NOT accept passports after 3:30 p.m.

  • U.S. Department of State website for passports:

Additional Resources

  • Property Fraud Alert (FREE SERVICE)
    According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime in the United States. Jennifer Kelly, Houghton County Clerk/Register of Deeds has taken a proactive step in providing a FREE online automated service in which property owners can sign up to have their name monitored to track possible fraudulent activity.

    Signing up with Property Fraud Alert (PFA) takes a few moments and participants will be notified via email or phone, or BOTH, only when the exact name they have provided is listed on a recorded document. You can sign up with multiple names.

  • Land Records
    Tapestry is an on-demand service designed for occasional users. All documents are available from July 1995 to present. Users pay $6.95 per search and $1.00 per page for each document PRINTED. Documents can be viewed at no charge. No user agreement is required and there is no recurring expense other than search and document charges.

  • Public Record Search
    Laredo is a subscription based service for professionals that allows users to search the Houghton County Official Public Record with the same software that is available in the county office. For a monthly fee, users will be able to search records from the comfort of their home or office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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Houghton County Courthouse
401 East Houghton Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931


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