Duties and Responsibilities

  • Duties and Responsibilities

    The Office of the Great Seal is part of the Bureau of Elections in the Michigan Department of State. In fulfilling the Secretary of State's responsibilities, it is the Office of the Great Seal's mission to promote and achieve continuously improved quality in the following areas:

    • Protect the Great Seal and provide for its proper use 
    • Securely and reliably maintain records filed with the Secretary of State 
    • Provide prompt and accurate certifications 
    • Commission Notaries Public timely and accurately 
    • Collect appropriate fees 
    • Provide timely and reliable information 
    • Serve the public courteously and competently

    The Secretary of State lacks legal authority to accept and officially file any document and affix the Great Seal unless expressly authorized to do so by law. Documents authenticated with the Great Seal have the like effect as the originals


    Mailing Address
    Michigan Department of State
    Bureau of Elections
    7064 Crowner Drive
    Lansing, MI 48918

    By appointment only Service Address Locations
    Richard H. Austin Building
    1st Floor
    430 W. Allegan
    Lansing, MI
    888-767-6424 (SOS-MICH) (Main Office)
    517-241-1820 (Facsimile)

    Please arrive at least one hour prior to closing to allow sufficient time to process your documents. Metered parking is available along the south side of Allegan Street.

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