A Notary Public is an officer commissioned by the Michigan Secretary of State to serve as an unbiased and impartial witness. Commissioned notaries have the power to attest to the authenticity of a person's signature, to administer oaths and to take affidavits. Notarization on a document certifies that the person whose signature is entered on the document appeared before the notary, displayed valid ID and signed the document in the notary's presence.
- To apply to become a Michigan notary public you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be a Michigan resident or maintain a place of business in Michigan.
- Be a U.S. citizen or possess proof of legal presence.
- Be a resident of the county in which you request appointment or maintain a principle place of business.
- Read and write in the English language.
- Be free of any felony or misdemeanor convictions or violations as specified.
- Not be imprisoned in any state, county or federal correctional facility.
Application forms are available in the County Clerk's Office or from the Michigan Department of State website.
Once you have completed the application form, you must then obtain a surety bond through an insurance agency and file the bond and a $10 fee with the county clerk.
At the time of filing at the county clerk's office, an Oath of Office will be administered. After the clerk verifies that you have complied with all requirements, you will be asked to sign the application.
After you have fulfilled the filing requirements at the county level, you must mail your completed application and another $10 fee to the "State of Michigan" along with a check or money order to:
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48918