LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation as part of a bipartisan effort to modernize many of the state’s laws governing county registers of deeds.
Registers of deeds are tasked with accepting and recording all legal documents and instruments pertaining to the transfer and encumbrance of real property located within each county. State laws provide direction for their actions and responsibilities as well as requirements for individuals looking to record documents.
“I want to thank the Michigan Association of Register of Deeds for bringing the issue to the Legislature and helping fix it,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The purpose of these updates is to enable the registers of deeds throughout our state to keep up with new technologies, eliminate errors, improve services to the public and better protect vital information.”
Zorn sponsored three of the 10 bills. Senate Bills 731-740, now Public Acts 191-200 of 2018, clarify and codify current register of deeds practices and the use of technology when recording documents.
The new laws include improving the use of electronic systems in the recording process, providing a uniform method for handling sensitive personal information and ensuring the accurate translation of property documents from across the world.