What is the application procedure?

The application process is a joint process between the Michigan Department of State and the County Clerk's Office. 

  1. Complete the Application: You have two options for filling out your application.


  1. If you would like to fill out the application online, please go to e-Services.
  2. If you would like to fill out the application by paper, please fill out this Application completely and legibly. 

An Application for Michigan Notary Public Appointment, must first be completed with your driver's license or state ID number, full name, date of birth, residential address, business address, telephone numbers, county and, if a current notary, information about your current appointment. To ensure that your appointment is accurately processed processed, print or type your name on the Commission line at the bottom of the application exactly as you intend to use it when notarizing documents. It is important that you sign the application exactly the way you wish to be appointed.

You must then obtain and file a surety bond (available through insurance agencies or bonding companies) in the amount of $10,000 with your respective county clerk. The fee for this filing at the county level is $10 (with the exception of Wayne County, which may be more). At that time, the county clerk will also administer an Oath of Office and verify that you have complied with these requirements by completing all of the areas on the Notary Public Application.

Once you have fulfilled the filing requirements at the county level, you will need to submit your application by one of the methods below:

  1. If application was done on e-Services, you may upload the completed application and pay the $10.00 non-refundable processing fee online. As an alternative to uploading the completed application and paying the non-refundable processing fee online, you may forward the completed application with the $10.00 non-refundable processing fee (check or money order payable to the "State of Michigan") to the address below.
  2. If application was done on paper, forward the completed application with a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee (check or money order payable to the "State of Michigan") to:

Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918




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