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State Information for Michigian

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Michigan Notary Requirements

Michigan Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of the state of Michigan or maintain a place of employment in Michigan;
• be a resident within the county applying or for non-residents show proof of employment within the county applying;
• be a U.S. citizen or possess proof of legal residency;
• be able to read and write the English language;
• not have been convicted of two or more misdemeanors violating the Michigan Notary Public Act;
• not have been convicted of a felony within 10 years from the date applying; and
• not be currently imprisoned in any state, county or federal correction facility.

How to Apply to Become a Michigan Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of Michigan Department of State: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1640_1638_47887-177473--,00.html

Term of Office
Not less than 6 years and no more than 7 years, expiring on the notary’s birthday.

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Required only for notarial acts performed using a remote electronic notarization platform. See statutory requirements.

Notary Seal Requirement
Not Required*
*If electing to use an official seal, ink stamp is acceptable. Embossing seal may be used ONLY in conjunction with ink stamp.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• witness or attest signatures.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Michigan Department of State: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1638_8736-85811--,00.html

Contact Information for the State of Michigan

State Notary Website

State of Michigan Online Notary Search

State of Michigan Online Notary Information

Phone Number
(888) 767-6424

Mailing Address
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Dr
Lansing, MI 48918

Apostille Certification Information

$1.00 per document

Phone Number
(888) 767-6424

Further Information

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Information on this page is provided with the understanding that the user is solely responsible for his/her knowledge of notarial law, procedures and practices. The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. All information is subject to change without notice and therefore is provided “as is,” free of warranty of any kind. Last updated August 2019.

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