Please note: Make sure to apply to become a Notary through the Clerk's Office web site and not the State's web site
Apply in person (For a new or renewal notary application)
To qualify to become a notary, an individual must be at least 18 years old; a resident of the State of Michigan or if you are a non-Michigan resident maintain a principal place of business in the State; U.S. citizen or proof of legal presence; read and write in English; and be free of any felony/misdemeanor convictions, and other violations as described in the law.
Before applying, applicant MUST obtain a $10,000 surety bond and power of attorney, and bring BOTH the surety bond and the power of attorney to the County Clerk’s office in which your reside.
Applicant MUST complete the online application before making an appointment to come in and complete the process.
When applying to become a notary, you will need the following:
Acquire a surety bond in the sum of $10,000 from a surety agent licensed to do business in this state. You can search for licensed agencies at www.michigan.gov/difs. A surety must be licensed to do business in this state.
Please Note: Notaries are required to obtain a $10,000.00 surety bond and file it at the office of the county clerk in the county where you live in. The cost of a surety bond will vary -- generally between $50.00 to $100.00.
Once you have obtained your $10,000 surety bond and power of attorney, sign the two lines where it states "principle" with your notary name in front of a notary public.
Apply in Person (For a new or renewal notary application):
Visit the Macomb County Clerk's Office:
- Make an appointment to visit the Macomb County Clerk's Office Vital Records Department at 120 N Main in Mount Clemens.
The application, with our seal on it, should be mailed to the Great Seal within 90 days, along with the required $10 application fee made payable to the "State of Michigan."
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48918
Or you can apply online:
CLICK HERE to login and upload your completed County application using the State's web site and pay $10.00 filing fee by credit card or electronic check.
The Office of the Great Seal within the Secretary of State shall review the application and may conduct a background check.
The Secretary of State approves or denies the application after a review of the application, payment of the proper fee, and results of any background investigation.
When the Secretary of State approves an application, the applicant receives their notary commission by email. Please check all spam folders.
The appointment would expire on his or her birthday between six and seven years after the date of appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: You cannot notarize documents until you receive your commission from the Great Seal.
CLICK HERE to check the status of your appointment.
- $10 -- bond filing fee.
- Method of payments accepted: cash, check, VISA, Mastercard and Discover.
- Please make checks payable to: "Macomb County Clerk."
- State's Online Becoming a Notary and Notary Manual (Make sure to apply to become a Notary through the Clerk's Office web site and not the State's web site)
To report changes, use the Request for Notice of Change form. This form is used to report changes to one's name, residence and/or business address. There is no need to reapply and there is no charge to correct our records.