In Michigan, a notary public is an officer appointed by the Michigan Secretary of State. Commissioned notaries have power to attest to the authenticity of a person’s signature, to administer oaths, to take affidavits and to perform other legal acts. Notaries are not allowed to perform marriage ceremonies in the State of Michigan.
Notarization on a document certifies that the person named on it appeared before the notary, displayed valid identification and signed the document in the notary’s presence.
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To apply for a Michigan Notary Commission you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be a Michigan resident or maintain a place of business in Michigan
- Be a US citizen or possess proof of legal presence.
- Be a resident of the county (or maintain a principle place of Business) in which you request appointment.
- Read and write in the English Language.
- Be free of any felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions or violations as specified.
- Have filed with the appropriate county clerk a proper surety bond in the amount of $10,000 and taken the oath of office as prescribed the constitution.
- Sign a declaration that all information on the application is correct, that you have read and understand the laws, and that you will perform all notarial acts faithfully.
- Not be imprisoned in any state, county or federal correctional facility.
Michigan Notary Public Act (PA 238 of 2003) Effective date April 1, 2004