Notary and Document Certification
The Michigan Department of State commissions approximately 800 notaries public each month. The total number of notaries public currently commissioned in the State of Michigan is over 127,000. A notary public is an officer appointed by the Michigan Secretary of State to attest to the authenticity of a person's signature, to administer oaths, and to witness acknowledgements. Notarization on a document certifies that the person named on it appeared before the notary, displayed valid identification, and signed the document in the physical presence of the notary.
Becoming a Notary Public
A step-by-step instructional guide to becoming a Notary Public.
Notice to Michigan Attorneys - The Michigan Notary Public Act (2003 PA 238) requires all applicants for notary public commission to file a surety bond and take the oath of office at the county clerk's office within the county of their residence. 2006 PA 510, effective April 1, 2007, amended the Act such that Michigan attorneys at law, in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan, are no longer required to file a surety bond. However, they are still required to take the oath of office administered at the county clerk's office prior to forwarding the commission application to the Office of the Great Seal.
MESSAGE TO NOTARY PUBLIC APPLICANTS
It has come to our attention that the commission expiration date the surety bond or insurance agency entered on your surety bond may be incorrect. To avoid notarizing documents improperly and purchasing a notary public stamp (if used) with incorrect commission information, please wait to receive your commission expiration date from the Secretary of State after your Michigan Notary Public Application is processed. The Secretary of State issues the official commission expiration date as shown on your Notary Public Commission Card as well as your official commissioned name and county of commission. Please do not use the commission expiration date shown on the surety bond, as it is not the official State issued expiration date.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Great Seal at 888/767-6424. You may also access the Online Notary Public Search at: http://services.sos.state.mi.us/notarysearch/ to obtain the commission expiration date.
OFFICE OF THE GREAT SEAL