The Wayne County Clerk Notary Public Services
A notary public in the State of Michigan is an officer appointed by the Michigan Secretary of State.
Michigan Notary Public Application Process
Surety Bond Information
Application For Michigan Notary
Summary Of Changes To Notary Law
Request For Duplicate/ Notice of Change
Additional Notary Information
Commissioned notaries possess the power to affirm the authenticity of an individual's signature. In addition,commissioned notaries can administer oaths and perform other legal acts that are customarily performed within their jurisdictions.
Please note that before a notary performs any notarial act, the notary is required to read the Notary Public Act, 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.261, et seq.) An electronic copy of the Act may be found on the State Legislature's website at: ww.legislature.mi.gov.
To apply to be a Notary Public in the State of Michigan, you must be at least 18 years of age, as well as a resident of the county in which you are requesting your appointment.
An application must be completed with your personal information, stating the appropriate information.
- Complete the appropriate application for the Michigan Notary Public Commission. [Per the Michigan Department of State's Office of the Great Seal: "While your commissioned name may differ from your full name. However, it should match the name you will use on notorized documents."]
- File a $10,000.00 Surety Bond with the county clerk's office in the county in which you reside in; please note that if you are not a resident of Michigan, where you resideunless you are not a Resident of Michigan, you must file to become a notary public in the county where you will do business. You may obtain a Surety Bond by checking the telephone book for bonding agencies or insurance companies.
- You will then be given your Oath of Office by a Deputy County Clerk; you must swear/affirm to its contents and sign the application exactly how you will notarize documents.
- Then, you will pay the $10.00 fee (by way of cash or money order). You will receive a receipt and your application, which you will send to the Office of the Great Seal (within 90 days of taking your oath).
- Please mail your completed application (and $10.00 check or money order made out to The State of Michigan) to:
|Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Blvd.
Lansing, Michigan 48918-1750
- If your application is approved, your notary commission will be mailed directly to you at the address you provide on your application.
Please call the Office of the Great Seal at: (517) 373.2531 with any questions. Or, you may visit www.michigan.gov/sos.