Here is a step-by-step guide to become a notary in Michigan. Notaries.com handles all of these requirements through our easy application, so rest-assured you have everything you need to become a notary!
1) Meet State of Michigan Notary Requirements to be a Notary Public
In order to qualify as a notary in Michigan, you must meet the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18-years old
- Be a Michigan resident or maintain a place of business within Michigan
- You must also reside in the county to which you apply or, for out of state applications, apply in the county where the business is located
- Be a US Citizen or have proof of legal residence
- Be able to write and read English
- You must have no felony convictions in the past 10 years
- In the past 12-months while commissioned, you have not violated the Michigan Notary Public Acts with two or more misdemeanor offenses
- In the past 5-years, you have not violated the Michigan Notary Public Acts with three or more misdemeanor offenses
- You are not incarcerated in any state, county, or federal correctional facility
2) Complete Your Application
Next you must fill out your application to become a Michigan Notary. On your application, be sure to fill in the “Commissioned Name” field with the signature on your application. Additionally, it’s important that your address matches the address on your driver’s license or identification card, or else approval of your application may be delayed. At notaries.com you will fill out a notary application, purchase your notary bond and pre-order your stamp. As you follow the prompts at notaries.com you will provide the information required for your state Notary Commission Application. Once you have made your payment you will be prompted to PRINT a copy of your application. The application is ONE page. SIGN your one-page application and then you either scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
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3) Obtain a copy of your $10,000 Notary Bond
Upon receipt of a signed copy of your completed Notary Application, notaries.com will proof read the application and then issue you a copy of your Notary Bond. The bond is valid for 60 days so do not delay in completing the balance of the application process with the state, as described below.
4) File Bond & Take Oath of Office
You must file your $10,000 notary bond with your county clerk and take the Oath of Office there at the county office. The county will charge a $10 filing fee that is nonrefundable and may increase depending on your county.
5) Submit Your Application
You must mail your application and all relevant papers to the Office of the Great Seal. There will be another $10 fee to do so. Check must be payable to the “State of Michigan”. Cash is not accepted. The Office of the Great Seal’s mailing address is:
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
6) Wait For State Approval and Receive your Notary Stamp
When your application is approved, you will receive your blue wallet card in the mail from the Office of the Great Seal within 3-4 weeks. When you receive your wallet card please SCAN and EMAIL a copy to us at email@example.com. We will then manufacture your custom self-inking notary stamp made to state specifications, which you pre-paid for when you purchased your notary bond. You will receive your Notary Stamp in approximately 10 days after we receive a copy of your notary card. Once you receive your card and supplies, you are able to start notarizing.