Register of Deeds

The Oceana County Register of Deeds, or County Recorder, is elected to a four-year term and is the official keeper of all real property records within the County. The Register of Deeds, located in the courthouse, records real property documents and maintains an index system of those records. The office maintains original plats of all subdivisions and assists local municipalities by furnishing liber and page numbers, and/or instrument numbers, property descriptions, etc. from these plats.

The Register of Deeds office also maintains an index and copy of all recorded documents pertaining to property located within the county. Financing statements, known as Uniform Commercial Codes (UCCs), relating to personal property may also be filed.

The Register of Deeds serves as Chairman of the County Plat Board, which reviews and approves all new subdivisions within the county.

Some of the responsibilities of the County Recorder include:

  • Makes a complete, accurate and permanent record of every document pertaining to the conveyance and encumbrance of land within the county.
  • Maintains permanent land records, retains them in archival form, and makes them accessible to the public.
  • Collects fees for documents filed in the Recorder’s office and pays these monies into the county’s general fund.
  • Maintains an accurate record of all monies appropriated to the Recorder’s office for its operation.
  • Performs all accounting functions necessary to the operation of the Recorder’s office including preparation of annual budgets and reports.

Document Copies and Recordings

Copies of documents may be obtained in person or by mail by submitting the appropriate fees and document information. Recordings may also be done in person or by mail with sufficient fees. Self-addressed stamped envelopes should accompany all recordings and copy requests. A telephone number, while not required, would be helpful for clarification of questions and/or problems.

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Contact Register of Deeds


Richard A. Hodges County Recorder

Gail Schulte Chief Deputy Recorder

Linda McLouth Deputy Registrar

Main Phone: (231) 873-4158

Address Oceana County Building
100 S. State Street, Suite M-3
P.O. Box 111
Hart, MI 49420

Hours Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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