A Notary Public is certified by the State of Michigan to administer oaths and to provide certification to signatures affixed to important legal documents and sworn statements.
Applying to be a Notary Public
- Have a valid state-issued ID.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be a resident of Ottawa County. Out-of-state applicants may apply if their principal place of business is located in Ottawa County.
Obtain a surety bond of $10,000 (available through a state-licensed insurance agency or bonding company). Attorneys do not have to file a bond with the Clerk but still need to complete steps 2-4.
Complete the Notary Public Application (PDF). You may also obtain the application from any Ottawa County Clerk location. Your current address must match on both the application and state-issued identification.
The County Clerk administers the Oath of Office and completes the Bond and application. Bring the following to any Ottawa County Clerk locations for processing:
- State-issued ID
- Notary Public Application
- Surety Bond (Attorney's are exempt)
- $10 fee (payable by cash, check or credit card)
Mail the completed application and $10 check or money order payable to "State of Michigan" to:
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48918
Note: The notary commission is not valid until you receive your Certificate of Commission in the mail.