Office of the Great Seal to move

JANUARY 19, 2011

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The Secretary of State's Office of the Great Seal will move to a new location in downtown Lansing's Richard H. Austin Building on Jan. 28, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.

The office will have partial days on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon, and on Friday, Jan. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate the move.

The Office of the Great Seal will be available to the public in the Austin Building (formerly the Treasury Building), 430 W. Allegan St. The office's hours remain unchanged, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch break from noon to 1 p.m.

The Office of the Great Seal provides a number of unique Secretary of State services that are used by customers throughout the state. People can apply at the office to be a notary public, request copies of official state documents, and have documents certified for use in other countries, such as for foreign adoptions. The Office of the Great Seal also receives and processes executive orders and bills that have been passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor.

Customers who mail items to the office should continue using the same mailing address: Michigan Department of State, Office of the Great Seal, 7064 Crowner Drive, Lansing MI, 48918.

The Austin Building, named for former Secretary of State Richard H. Austin, houses the Secretary of State executive offices and other non-branch office functions as well as some functions of the Treasury Department.

Besides the Office of the Great Seal, document certification service also is available at Secretary of State SUPER!Centers in Clinton Township, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Livonia and Pontiac, as well as the Marquette County PLUS Office in Marquette.

For more information about the Office of the Great Seal as well as branch office locations and services, visit the Secretary of State website at

Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).


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