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Vital Records Division

Notary Public

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.


  1. 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.

  2. Complete the Notary Public Application. 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.

  3. 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)
  4. 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.

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