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