Pursuant to MCL 211.135 (b) A certificate that all taxes due on that property have been paid for the 5 years preceding the date of the instrument, such verification includes taxes assessed for the entirety of the ad valorem real property and must include parent, child, combined and/or split parcel descriptions and parcel identification numbers related to that parcel for the preceding 5 years.

Where do I get a deed certified?

The County Treasurer cannot accept supplemental documents related to recording. State Statue 211.135, requires that the Treasurer, will review and sign any document that requires a certification statement, if applicable.

Please submit to the Treasurer only the following:

  1. Document(s) that requires certification
  2. Check for $5 payable to St. Clair County Treasurer
  3. Postage-paid return envelope so that this document can be returned to you

Yes, hours of over-the-counter certification are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., note the Treasurer is closed between 12:00 and 1:00 daily.

The Treasurer’s office requires valid parcel identification number(s) for all legal descriptions that are being certified. A legal description should preferably be typed but if handwritten must be printed and double spaced. Documents that do not have valid parcel identification number(s) and/or the legal description is not clearly readable the document will not be certified.

Note that the Treasurer reserves the right to reject a document for the following reasons, as well as those not specified here:

  • Taxes Owing
  • Parcel identification number(s) was not provided
  • Legal description provided does not match tax description
  • Error in legal description
  • Illegible or Indiscernible legal description

Yes, if the Treasurer’s Office is unable to certify a deed, a letter detailing the issue will be sent back to you with the document.

Please contact our main Treasurer line at 810-989-6915.

Most instruments transferring title in real estate require a County Treasurer certification. See Public Act MCL 211.135 for additional information.

Type of Deed Transfer Tax Stamp Certification
Warranty Yes Yes
Quit Claim Yes No
Land Contract No Yes
Release of Mortgage No No
Assignment of Land Contract No Yes
Tax Deeds No No
Deed Pursuant to Land Contract Yes Yes

There is a $5.00 charge for this service up to five legal descriptions per document, and an additional .20 cents per legal for 6 or more on the same document. See House Bill 4075 for additional information on fees. This fee is collected at the time of certification and the check is payable to St. Clair County Treasurer.

Public Act Excerpts - Tax Certification
Press Release - House Bill 4075