What is an oath of office?
The oath of office is an oral or written statement provided to your county clerk's office. It is generally handled at the same time as the filing of your bond. If you are a Michigan resident, this must be in your county of residence. If you are a non-resident, this must be in the Michigan county where your principal place of business is located.
An oath is a sworn pledge stating the truth about a given statement. In this case, you are providing a pledge that you will uphold the Constitution and perform your duties with reasonable care. An oath typically administered is as follows: Do you solemnly swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State, and that you will discharge the duties of the office of Notary Public in and for said County to the best of your ability? After an oath is administered, a verification is completed by the county clerk or their designee attesting that you swore to the statement.
Note: Pursuant to MCL 55.271, attorneys in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan are only required to file an oath with the county. No bond is required.
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