Becoming a Notary

Step 1: Complete the Application

Complete the Application for Notary Public Commission (PDF). To avoid delays in processing your application, please complete all fields. Make sure to type your name as you would like to be commissioned in the “Commissioned Name” field at the bottom of the application. Your signature must match. This is the signature that you will use when notarizing documents. (Your application cannot be submitted online, it must be brought into the County Clerk's Office with your surety bond.)

Step 2: Obtain a Surety Bond

Obtain a surety bond in the amount of $10,000. These are available through insurance agencies or bonding companies. A list of licensed agencies is available at

Step 3: File your Surety Bond

File surety bond and application with the County Clerk. There is a fee of $10 to file the bond. At that time, the county clerk will also need to see your current ID, administer an Oath of Office, and complete the designated area on your completed Notary Public Application. Your original signature must then be placed on the form, agreeing to all conditions stated.

Step 4: Forward Your Application

Once you have fulfilled the filing requirements at the county level, you must forward your completed application (with a $10 non-refundable processing fee) to the following address:

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