Notarizing a document is the official certifying process that renders documents worthy of the public trust, and offers assurance that a document is authentic and that the signature is genuine.
The Berrien County Clerk’s Office notarizes documents for a $10 fee per document. At the time of notarization, the following requirements must be met:
Everyone who needs to sign the document must be present - at the same time.
Everyone signing the document must have a current Driver’s License, State ID, or a valid Passport. The ID must contain a current expiration date, their photo and signature.
The document must be completely filled out – no blank spaces.
The document must be in English, so our Clerks are easily able to read it.
The signer(s) must be competent and fully understand the document being notarized.
The signer(s) must be willing to sign without being coerced.
The signer(s) must be able to sign or make a mark (“x”) without assistance.
Two witnesses may be needed, depending on the document requirements.
By law (Michigan Notary Public Act 238 of 2003), our office cannot notarize a document as an “Original” or “True Copy” of another document. Notaries have limited powers. Basically, they may only certify that they have identified a document signer, and administered an oath.