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All signatures must be original, and all dates must follow in chronological order on all prior certifications.
If the certified copy of your recorded document is dated prior to 1995, the Office of the Great Seal may not have the signature of the certifying official on file to verify. You may wish to obtain a more current certified record, before submitting your documents for authentication.
Requirements for Authentication of Recorded Documents
We can authenticate:
Only certified copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records by a Michigan County Clerk; City Clerk or Registrar in the counties of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb only; or the Michigan State Registrar.
We cannot authenticate:
From Court Clerks, Judges or other states. Do not get copies from these officials.
To obtain recorded documents from a County Clerk:
To obtain recorded documents from the State Registrar:
Your Copied Document
A Michigan notary public cannot make a "true copy" statement on copies of any records. Only the person named on the document or the issuer of the document can certify to its authenticity.
Note: An employee of the issuer of the document must use his/her title when making a true copy statement.
Requirements for Authentication of School Records:
A Michigan notary public cannot make a "true copy" statement on copies of any records. Only a School Official, the person named on the document or a parent or guardian of a dependent student can make a "true copy" statement on copies of a diploma, transcript or other school records.
If the records are not yours and the person named on them is not in the State of Michigan, a School Official must do the following:
Your original diploma, transcript or other school records:
(Note: We will be permanently affixing an authentication form directly to the original document, therefore, you may want to use a copy of the original. See instructions below.)
Your copied diploma, transcript or other school records:
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