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Includes $10k MI notary bond and oath form, Michigan notary application, and an optional voucher redeemable for a $10,000 E&O insurance policy
This combo package contains items essential to becoming a notary public in the state of Michigan: a Michigan $10,000 surety bond and oath form, and the Michigan notary application. Choose the combo for a voucher redeemable for a $10,000 E&O policy. The bond protects the public from your actions (negligence, etc.), while the E&O policy, once issued, helps protect you from financial harm arising out of notarial errors and omissions.
IMPORTANT: Once you have received your notary commission, you must follow the instructions on the voucher to redeem it for your insurance policy. This will allow us to issue your policy with the correct coverage dates.
Merchants Bonding Company (Mutual) P.O. Box 14498, Des Moines, Iowa 50306-3498
Phone: (877) 349-6588 Fax: (877) 349-6590
NOTARY PUBLIC BOND
KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS:
That as Principal,
and the MERCHANTS BONDING COMPANY (MUTUAL), a corporation duly licensed to do business in
the State of Michigan, as Surety, are held and firmly bound unto the people of the State of Michigan, in
the penal sum of TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS ($10,000.00), lawful money of the United States of
America, to be paid to the said people, or to their certain attorneys, heirs, executors, administrators, or
assigns to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and
administrators, and each and every one of them, firmly by these presents.
The term of this bond begins with the effective date of the principal/applicant’s notary public commission and ends with the expiration of the principal/applicant’s notary public commission. This bond is not valid for more than one commission term.
NOW THEREFORE, the condition of this obligation is such, that if the said Principal shall duly and faithfully discharge the duties of his/her said office of Notary Public, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue. Signed and dated this day of , .
MERCHANTS BONDING COMPANY (Mutual), Surety
J. Harry Shoemaker Attorney-In-Fact
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STATE OF MICHIGAN OATH OF OFFICE
I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of this State, and
that I will discharge the duties of the office of Notary Public in and for said County to the best of my ability.
Street City Zip Code
Subscribed and sworn to before me this day of , .
My Commission Expires
This policy is exempt from the filing requirements of Section 2236
NEO 0689-0002 MI (2/15) of the Insurance Code of 1956, 1956 PA 218, MCL 500.2236.
—————————————————– County Seal For County Use Only
Date of oath
Oath Attorney (oath only)
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE administered
by, and bond
OFFICE OF THE GREAT SEAL filed with:
APPLICATION FOR MICHIGAN NOTARY PUBLIC COMMISSION
(Please print legible or type; ALL fields must be completed or application will be returned)
1. Full Name (first/middle/last):
(must match your State driver’s license or ID card)
2. Please indicate any previous and/or alias names:
If none, please check box N/A
3. Driver’s license or personal identification card number: – – – – Issuing state:
4. Residence address: City: State: Zip:
(Must match license or ID file – include PO boxes, lot and Apt numbers)
5. Date of birth: 6. E-mail address:
If none, please check box N/A
7. Business Street address: City: State: Zip:
If none, please check box N/A
8. If you are a licensed attorney in Michigan, enter your State Bar number: P-
If you are not a licensed attorney please check box N/A
9. Michigan resident County of residence: Non-Michigan resident – County of employment:
10. Residence Telephone numbers: Business Telephone number:
If none, please check box N/A If none, please check box N/A
11. Please describe date and circumstance of any felony or misdemeanor convictions during the previous ten years in this or any other State. Attach additional pages if necessary.
If none, please check box N/A
12. Do you currently hold or have ever held a notary public commission in this or any other state: Yes or No
If yes, indicate State: Michigan or State of _____________ and date ___________ or Unknown
13. Have you ever had a notary public appointment in this or any other state: revoked, suspended, cancelled,
Does not apply to me. If yes, please explain. Attach additional pages if necessary.
I hereby certify that I am 18 years of age or older; a resident of Michigan or maintain a principal place of business in Michigan; am a U.S. citizen or possess proof of legal presence; am able to read and write in the English language; am not currently incarcerated in a correctional facility or have served time during the immediate past ten years for a felony or misdemeanor offense in any state. I solemnly affirm, under the penalty of perjury, that the information provided in this application is true, complete, and correct; that I have carefully read the notary laws of Michigan; and that, if appointed and commissioned as a notary public, I will perform faithfully, to the best of my ability, all notarial acts in accordance with the law. I understand that all information contained on this application is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 1976 PA 442, MCL
15.231, et seq. I am enclosing a check or money order in the amount of $10.00, payable to the State of Michigan, which I understand is a nonrefundable application processing fee.
Print or type your name, as it will appear on all documents you notarize.
Sign your name, as it will appear on all documents you notarize.
Your signature must match your name printed above.
Form 98 (Rev. 08/12)
THIS APPLICATION MUST FIRST BE PROCESSED AT YOUR LOCAL COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE BEFORE
MAILING IT TO THE OFFICE OF THE GREAT SEAL.
Application for commission: A notary public who is currently commissioned in the State of Michigan may not submit a new application for commission earlier than 60 days prior to current commission expiration.
Commissioned name: Your commissioned name may differ from your full name as it appears on your driver license or personal identification card (Example: Jane Marie Doe could be Jane Doe, J.M. Doe or J. Doe).
Oath and bond filing requirements: Before sending the application to the Office of the Great Seal, you must swear a constitutional oath of office, file a $10,000.00 surety bond, and pay a $10.00 filing fee with the county clerk. Information on where to obtain your surety bond and the cost is available from insurance agents and other companies that will solicit your business. A list of licensed surety agencies can also be found through our Web site at www.Michigan.gov/sos. If you are a licensed attorney in Michigan, you are not required to file a surety bond; enter your State Bar number on line 8. Your license status will be verified by the Office of the Great Seal.
Submitting application and fees to the Office of the Great Seal: After swearing the oath, filing your bond with the county clerk (if applicable) and paying the nonrefundable filing fee to the county clerk’s office, mail your completed application to:
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
A $10.00 check or money order payable to the “State of Michigan” must accompany the application. Please do not send cash. This must occur within 90 days from the date the oath is administered and bond filed with the county clerk (MCL 55.273).
Receiving your commission: You may not act as a notary public until the required oath, bond (if applicable), and fees are filed with the county clerk, you submit your application and fees to the Office of the Great Seal, and receive your commission information.
Your notary public commission card, with commission expiration date information, will be mailed to the residence address provided on your application. For Department of Correction employees, your commission card will be mailed to your business address. Please expect to receive your card within 14 business days after the Office of the Great Seal receives your application for processing. The residence address you list must match what is on file with the Michigan Department of State for your driver’s license or personal identification card. If you provide a different address, your application will be returned to you with instructions on how to change your address using the Michigan Change of Address/Voter Registration form available on our Web site, www.Michigan.gov/sos, or by visiting a Secretary of State Branch office.
Term of appointment: Notary commissions expire six (6) years from your next birthday at the time of commission issuance.
Change of name or address: All changes of name and/or address must be reported to the Office of the Great Seal on the Michigan Notary Public Request for Duplicate/Notice of Change form, available at our Web site www.Michigan.gov/sos. The name and residence address you list must match what is on file with the Michigan Department of State for your driver’s license or personal identification card. If you provide a different name and/or address, your Request for Duplicate/Notice of Change form will be returned to you with instructions on how to change your address using the Michigan Change of Address/Voter Registration form available on our Web site, www.Michigan.gov/sos, or in the case of a name change, by visiting a Secretary of State branch office.
Notary public stamp and/or seal: Contact your local office supply store or printing shop for information on purchasing these items.
The State of Michigan does not furnish or sell these items or make any recommendations on where to obtain them. Use of these items is not required in the State of Michigan.
Please direct any questions about your notary application to the Office of the Great Seal at (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424).
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