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Notary Public Application

Notary public applicants must complete an Application for Michigan Notary Public Appointment.

This form is available from the Department of State from these locations:

  • Secretary of State Website
  • Department of State fax-on-demand (517) 335-4FAX
  • Office of the Great Seal (517) 373-2531
  • Any County Clerk's Office

Notary public commissions are issued for 6 to 7 years, expiring on your birthday. A new appointment is needed when your current commission expires.


  • $10.00 payable to the State of Michigan.
  • $10.00 to the Clerk's Office.


To apply to become a Michigan notary public, you must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the county in which you request appointment (NOT the county where you work). Only an out-of-state resident must apply in the Michigan county where the principal place of business is located.

Application Process in St. Joseph County

  1. Applicant acquires $10,000 surety bond.
  2. Applicant files bond with $10.00 filing fee.
  3. Applicant receives application from Clerk's office.
  4. Applicant submits application and $10.00 to Secretary of State.
  5. Office of the Great Seal reviews application and may conduct background check.
  6. Application is approved (notary commission issued) or denied (denial letter sent).