State Information for Michigian

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Michigan Notary Requirements and Information

Michigan Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be able to read and write English;
• be a resident of the state of Michigan or maintain a place of business in the state;
• be a U.S. citizen or have proof of legal presence;
• be a resident of the county in which he/she is applying (non-residents must apply in the county of employment);
• not have been convicted of a felony within 10 years of the date applying (if 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).;
• not have 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.

How to Apply to Become a Michigan Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Michigan Secretary of State:

Appointing Officer
Michigan Secretary of State

Term of Office
6 - 7 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not required.

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Bond Required (6-year term)

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook (journal) required for recording of every remote online notarization performed by a Remote Online Notary Public. Recordbook may be tangible (paper) or electronic; only one active recordbook at a time. Recordbook entry for a remote online notarization may reference but not itself contain that notarization’s audio-visual recording.

Notary Seal Requirement
Not required. If electing to use an official seal, the seal image cannot render anything illegible and must be photographically reproducible. Embossing seal on a paper document allowed ONLY in conjunction with ink stamp.

Authorized Duties
Include but are not limited to:
• oaths/affirmations;
• verifications on oath/affirmation;
• acknowledgments;
• witness or attesting a signature.
[Note: certification that a record is an original or a “true copy” of another record is prohibited.]

Allowable Notary Fees
$10 per notarial act performed (each certificate). Notary must advise customers of fees before performing notarial acts. Travel fees must be agreed-upon in advance of travel; travel fee(s) are not specified but American Society of Notaries recommends they should be reasonable (current IRS per-mile rate for business travel or less) and billed separately from notarization fees. Consult law and administrative rules for additional details and requirements.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Michigan Secretary of State: Reporting change/corrections tab:

Contact Information for the State of Michigan

State of Michigan Notary Website

State of Michigan Online Notary Search

Office of the Great Seal Email

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

Apostille Certification Information

Office of the Great Seal Email

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 2022.

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