Notary Public Spotlight
The Michigan Department of State commissions approximately 1300 notaries public each month. The total number of notaries public currently commissioned in the State of Michigan is over 113,000. 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.
E-NOTARY AND REMOTE NOTARY PUBLIC
The Michigan Legislature will be voting on a series of bills in 2018 that if passed will have the effect of allowing both e-Notarization and Remote Notarization in Michigan. The bills as currently written provide for the full implementation of these programs in mid to late 2019 and requires the Michigan Department of State to work in conjunction with the Department of Technology Management and Budget to implement the new programs in Michigan by selecting and approving electronic notarization platforms. Until platforms have been approved, a Michigan Notary Public CANNOT perform electronic notarizations as an e-notary public or remote notary public.
Notification of the implementation of the program and options available to comply with Michigan's new laws will be sent to all active Notary Publics.
The bills and their status can be found on the legislative website:
Questions: Please feel free to email us at: Disclosure@Michigan.gov
Becoming a Notary Public
A step-by-step instructional guide to becoming a Notary Public.
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://services2.sos.state.mi.us/notarysearch/ to obtain the commission expiration date.
OFFICE OF THE GREAT SEAL