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Become a Michigan Notary Public

The office responsible for commissioning notaries public in Michigan is the Department of State. Each month, there are approximately 800 applicants vying for a notary public position. For first time applicants, you are recommended to read the Michigan Notary Public Act.

Requirements to become a notary public in Michigan:

  1. At least 18 years of age
  2. A legal resident or business owner in the State of Michigan
  3. Able to read and write English
  4. No conviction of felony within the past ten years.
  5. No conviction of two or more offenses of misdemeanor

Steps to become a Michigan Notary Public:

1. Completely fill out the application form. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

2. Within 90 days before filing your application, you must obtain and file your surety bond in the sum of $10,000 with your county clerk. If you're a licensed attorney in Michigan, you're exempted from getting a surety bond.

3. Pay the $10.00 application fee via check or money order made payable to "State of Michigan".

4. Mail all required documents and applicable fees to:

Michigan Department of State

Office of the Great Seal

7064 Crowner Drive

Lansing, MI 48918

5. If approved, the Department of State will mail your commission certificate.

Duties and Responsibilities

A Michigan Notary Public may perform various notarials acts, which includes taking acknowledgments, administering oaths and affirmations, and witnessing or attesting to a signature.

Term of Office

The Michigan Department of State gives each notary public a term of six or seven years. The term ends on the notary’s birthday.

Michigan Notary Fees

As a notary public in Michigan, these are your fees for notarial acts:





Oaths & Affirmations


Certified Copies

Not Allowed

Witnessing & Attesting to Signatures


Find a Notary in Michigan

The Michigan Department of State maintains an online site for searching notaries public. As an alternative, FindNotary makes finding a notary in Michigan much easier. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for Michigan and the entire United States.


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For more information on how to become a Michigan Notary, visit the Michigan Notary Public website at,1607,7-127-1638---,00.html. You can also contact them at (888) 767-6424, or visit their office at 110 East Main Street, Niles, Michigan 48918.

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