How to Become a Michigan Notary

How to Become a Notary Public in Michigan

  1. Complete the Online Michigan Notary Training Course (highly recommended)
  2. Your Application for Michigan Notary Public Appointment must include your driver's license number, full name as you wish to be appointed, date of birth, residential address (as it appears on your Michigan driver's license or personal identification card), business address, telephone number, and, if a current notary, information about your current appointment. This form is available by selecting the following Application for Notary Public Commission.
  3. To ensure that your appointment is accurately made without delay, please print or type your name as you wish to be commissioned to the right of the "Commissioned Name" field at the bottom of the application. Your signature must match the name that has been printed as your "Commissioned Name." This is the signature that you will use when notarizing documents.
  4. To avoid delays in processing your notary public application, please be advised that your current address must match on both the application and your driver's license or personal identification card that you have on file with the Secretary of State. You may submit a change of address for your driver's license or personal identification card at any Secretary of State branch office or by mail. There is no fee for this service. To obtain a change of address form, please select the following Michigan Change of Address/Voter Registration.
  5. You must obtain a Michigan notary surety bond (available through insurance agencies or bonding companies) in the amount of $10,000 and file it with your respective county clerk. The fee for filing at the county is $10.00 (with the exception of Wayne County, which may be more). At that time, the county clerk will also administer an Oath of Office, and verify that you have complied with these requirements by completing the designated area on your completed Notary Public Application. Your original signature must then be placed on the form, agreeing to all conditions stated.
  6. Once you have fulfilled the filing requirements at the county level, you must forward your completed application (with a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee) to the state.


Michigan Notary Supplies

Michigan Notary Requirements

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

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

Phone: (800) 767-6424

Important Michigan Notary Links

Michigan State Website
Michigan Notary Application
Michigan Notary Name Change
Michigan Notary Address Change
Michigan Notary Database
Michigan Notary Handbook

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