Become a Michigan Notary Public

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Michigan Notary Commission Overview

Notary.net is here to help with any notary bonds, insurance, notary training, or notary supplies you need to become a Michigan notary public. The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of Michigan is detailed below. Once you are ready to shop for supplies, simply visit our store.

 

The Importance of Michigan Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of Michigan, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Michigan Online Notary Course is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way for you to learn what to do and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public, you should spend some time learning the laws.


How to Become a Notary Public in Michigan

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in Michigan

1. Purchase a Michigan notary bond

2. Print and fill out the Notary Public Commission Application, available here. To avoid any delays, make sure the name on your application exactly matches the name on your state-issued ID.

3. Bring your bond and application to your county clerk. Pay the $10 filing fee and take your oath of office. 

4. Submit your completed application and pay the $10 processing fee via Online Services or send it by mail to: 

Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918

5. Buy a Michigan notary stamp.

Congratulations! You are now a Michigan notary public!

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Commission Term: Not less than 6 years and no more than 7 years, expires on the notary's birthday.
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Not Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $10,000
Application Fee: $10
Eligibility: If convicted of a felony, 10 years must have passed from the completion of sentence, parol and/or paying of fines.
Other: Be able to read and write English

Address:
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918

Phone: (800) 767-6424
Email: MDOS-Notary@Michigan.gov

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Qualifications

To meet the qualifications of a Michigan Notary Public, all the following must be met by the applicant.

  • 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 (if you do not reside in Michigan, maintain a principal place of business in the county you request appointment)
  • Read and write in the English language
  • Be free of any felony convictions within the past 10 years (if previously convicted of a felony, the 10-year period includes completion of the sentence for that crime, any term of imprisonment, parole, or probation, and payment of all fines, costs, and assessments)
  • Have not been convicted of 2 or more misdemeanor offenses involving a violation of the Michigan Notary Public Act within a 12-month period while commissioned, or 3 or more misdemeanor offenses involving a violation of this Act within a 5-year period regardless of being commissioned
  • Have filed with the appropriate county clerk a proper surety bond in the amount of $10,000 and taken the oath of office as prescribed by the State Constitution (Michigan licensed attorneys are exempt
  • Sign a declaration that all information on your application for Michigan Notary Public Commission is correct, that you have read the Michigan Notary Public Act, and that you will perform all notarial acts faithfully
  • Are not currently serving a term of imprisonment in any state, county or federal correctional facility is prohibited from being appointed or serving as a notary public