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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
Richard H. Austin Building
1st Floor
430 W. Allegan
Lansing, MI
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