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Your Michigan Notary Commission is valid for six years. If you wish to continue as a notary afterward, you must renew your commission.
To renew your notary commission, you must reapply and follow the same steps you took to becoming a Michigan Notary. Since receiving a certificate can take 3-4 weeks, it is recommended you start the renewal process 60 days before your current certificate expires.
Yes, the State of Michigan requires you to purchase a $10,000 surety bond in order to become a Michigan Notary.
No, as a Michigan Notary you are not required to purchase Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance. However, it is highly recommended as it can cover your legal fees if a lawsuit is ever filed against you.
No, Michigan does not require you to purchase a stamp. It is highly recommended, however, and most Michigan Notary stamp the documents they notarized in order to offer them legal protection. The stamp must have your name, as it appears on your certificate, and the statements "Notary Public, State of Michigan, County of __?" and "My Commission Expires __". The stamp must stamp clear, legible, and reproducible seals. Additionally, if you're notarizing a document outside of your county, the phrase "Acting in the County of __" must appear on the document.
After we receive a copy or fax of your commission card, we will send you your stamp within 10 business days.
The Office of the Great Seal will usually process an application within 3-4 weeks.
No, no education is required, though it is recommended, to become a Michigan Notary.
If you meet the following condition, you are qualified to be a Michigan Notary:
No, if you prefer, notaries.com will email you the application, which you can print and complete.
You must send a completed and signed copy or your application, either through fax or email. After which, notaries.com will proofread your application, and mail your Notary Bond and Power of Attorney form to you.
Yes, once you've taken the Oath of Office, you must send your signed and completed application, your Notary Bond, and your Power of Attorney form to the Office of the Great Seal.
It usually takes the Office of the Great Seal 3-4 weeks to send notary applicants a blue wallet card.
Technically, yes. The State of Michigan does not require notaries to use a stamp. However, it is highly recommended to wait to notarize any documents until you have received your stamp from notaries.com.
Yes. Notaries.com cannot make your stamp until we received a copy of your blue wallet card through fax or email.