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Become a Michigan Notary Public
To submit a Michigan notary application, the applicant should be at least eighteen years of age.  
The applicant should either be a Michigan resident or maintain a place of business within Michigan.  
You should either be a U.S. citizen or be legally residing in the United States.  You must be able 
to read and write English. You must not have had any felony convictions within the last ten years. 
You must not have not been convicted of two or more misdemeanor offenses involving a violation of 
the Michigan Notary Public Act within a 12-month period while commissioned, or three or more 
misdemeanor offenses involving a violation of this Act within a five-year period regardless of 
whether you were commissioned or not.  You need a $10,000 Michigan notary bond.  You must sign a 
declaration that all information on your  Michigan Notary Application for a notary commission is 
correct, and that you have read the Michigan Notary Public Act, and that you will perform all 
notarial acts faithfully. Any individual currently serving a term of imprisonment in any state, 
county or federal correctional facility is not allowed to be appointed or serve as a notary public. 

Your application must include your driver's license number and full name as you would like it to 
appear on your commission. You must also include your date of birth, and your residential address 
as it appears on your driver's license. Its also necessary to include your business address and 
phone number. Your signature must match the name which you wish to be commissioned as. There is a 
$10.00 application fee payable by check or money order, and you can send your completed application to:

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

You must take an oath of office with the county clerk when you file your bond.   Notary terms range 
from six to seven years and expires on your birthday six and a fraction years after your commission 
starts. You must keep a record of all notary acts for five years.  You are required to provide copies 
upon request of journal entries.  Although the records don't necessarily have to be in journal format, 
it is recommended that you keep a journal.		

Related Links
Become a Michigan Notary Public
Michigan Notary Acknowledgment and Jurat Information
Michigan / MI Notary Bond, Seal, Stamp Info
Michigan Notary Classes and Seminars
Michigan Notary Commission Application Handbook
Michigan Notary Fees and FAQ