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Notary Public Information
Welcome to the Notary Public Commission Information page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website. Below you will find information on how to verify whether a person is a Notary Public and how to qualify for a Notary appointment.
CLICK HERE for Notary Public "Frequently Asked Questions"
How To Qualify TO BECOME A Notary
To qualify to become a notary, an individual must be at least 18 years old; a resident of the State of Michigan or if you are a non-Michigan resident maintain a principal place of business in the State; U.S. citizen or proof of legal presence; read and write in English; and be free of any felony/misdemeanor convictions, and other violations as described in the law.
- $10.00 -- bond filing fee.
- Method of payments accepted: cash, check, VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
Please make checks payable to: "Macomb County Clerk."
When applying to become a notary, you will need the following:
Acquire a surety bond in the sum of $10,000 from a surety agent licensed to do business in this state. You can search for licensed agencies at www.michigan.gov/difs. More information on the Surety Bond can be found on the Secretary of State's website. A surety must be licensed to do business in this state.
Please Note: Notaries are required to obtain a $10,000.00 surety bond and file it at the office of the county clerk in the county where you live in. The cost of a surety bond will vary -- generally between $50.00 to $100.00.
Once you have obtained your $10,000 surety bond and power of attorney, sign the two lines where it states "principle" with your notary name in front of a notary public.
CLICK HERE to download the Notary application form (Type in the information and print). Sign the application.
Please Note: Make sure to use the application form in the link above. The Office of the Great will no longer accept forms dated 10/2019 or 11/2019 (after February 2021).
Please Note: Your commission name is how you want to sign all the time. It does not have to be your full name.
Send in your signed application, notarized bond signed in both the principle lines (along with the power of attorney that comes with your bond), a copy of your driver's license, or state ID, and a check for $10 made payable to "Macomb County Clerk."
Macomb County Clerk's Office
ATTN: Notary Desk
120 North Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
When we receive your application, we will call you to give you the oath and your application will be returned to you with our seal on it.
The application, with our seal on it, should be mailed to the Great Seal within 90 days, along with the required $10 application fee made payable to the "State of Michigan."
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48918
The Office of the Great Seal within the Secretary of State shall review the application and may conduct a background check.
The Secretary of State approves or denies the application after a review of the application, payment of the proper fee, and results of any background investigation.
When the Secretary of State approves an application, the applicant receives their notary commission by email. The appointment would expire on his or her birthday between six and seven years after the date of appointment.
When the Secretary of State approves an application, the applicant receives their notary commission by email. The appointment would expire on his or her birthday between six and seven years after the date of appointment. PLEASE NOTE: You cannot notarize documents until you receive your commission from the Great Seal.
CLICK HERE to visit the Notary Public Information section of the Michigan Secretary of State's website.
Download An Application
CLICK HERE to download a Michigan Notary Public Application
PLEASE NOTE: Make sure to use the application form in the link above (the revised form dated 12/2020). The Office of the Great will no longer accept forms dated 10/2019 or 11/2019.
"Becoming a Notary" Handbook
CLICK HERE to access the "Becoming A Notary Handbook"