Becoming a Michigan Notary Public

If you are interested in obtaining your Notary Public in Emmet County, the County Clerk’s Office is available to assist you Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The fee for this filing at the county level is $10.00. The Application for Michigan Notary Public Commission is available at the Emmet County Clerks Office or at the Michigan Secretary of State website.

A notary public is an officer commissioned by the Michigan Secretary of State to serve as an unbiased and impartial witness. The most common function of the notary is to prevent fraud by attesting to the identity of a person signing a document. Notarization on a document certifies that the person whose signature is entered on the document personally appeared before the notary, established his or her identity, and personally signed the document in the presence of the notary.

Every citizen appointed as a notary has a duty to learn the notarial laws on their own initiative. Before a notary performs any notarial act, the notary is required to read the Notary Public Act, 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.261, et seq.) An electronic copy of the Act can be found on the Legislature’s website.

For further information regarding the Michigan notary public program, please contact the Office of the Great Seal.

Office of the Great Seal
Michigan Department of State

108 S. Washington Square, Suite 1
Lansing, MI 48918

7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918

Telephone: 517-767-6424
Facsimile: 517-373-3706

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