Notary Services

Requesting Notary Services
The County Clerk's Office offers notary services to the public. Valid photo identification is required. The document to be notarized must be signed in front of the Notary. The fee for notarization is $3 per document.

Applying to Become a Notary
  • Applicants must apply in the county of residence or if you are an out-of-state resident, apply in the county in which you are employed.
  • An Application for Michigan Notary Public Appointment must be completed. This form is available from the County Clerk or from the Michigan Department of State Form (PDF).
  • You must obtain a surety bond (available through insurance agencies or bonding companies) in the amount of $10,000 and file with your County Clerk. The fee for filing a bond is $10 (nonrefundable fee). Payment can be made by cash, check or money order payable to the Clinton County Clerk.
  • When filing your bond, the county clerk will also administer an Oath of Office as prescribed by the State Constitution, and verify that you have complied with the requirements by completing the designated area and placing the county seal on the application. You shall sign the application, agreeing to all conditions stated.
  • After you have fulfilled the filing requirements with the county, forward your completed application with a $10 nonrefundable processing fee payable to "State of Michigan" (check or money order, no cash) to the following address:
    Michigan Department of State
    Office of the Great Seal
    7064 Crowner Boulevard
    Lansing, MI 48918.
    If you prefer, the County Clerk's Office can forward your application and check.
  • Your notary commission certificate will be mailed directly to your residence address as indicated on the application form. Your notary commission is not valid until you have received your certificate of commission in the mail.
  • Notary Commission is valid for at least 6 years and no more than 7 years.
Licensed Attorneys
  • As of April 1, 2007 licensed attorneys are not required to file a surety bond with the County Clerk.
  • You must complete an application, take an Oath of Office administered by the County Clerk's Office and pay a $10 nonrefundable processing fee. Applications are available at the County Clerk's Office or from the Michigan Department of State Form (PDF).
  • Submit your completed application with $10 nonrefundable processing fee to the:
    Michigan Department of State
    Office of the Great Seal
    7064 Crowner Boulevard
    Lansing, MI 48918
    If you prefer, the County Clerk's Office can forward your application and check.
Renewals
  • Applicants shall follow the same process as applying for a new commission.
  • Pursuant to MCL 55.279 a licensed attorney will be notified by the Office of the Great Seal 90 days before expiration to renew their commission.
  • An attorney is still required to take the Oath of Office administered at the County Clerk's office prior to forwarding their application for renewal to the Office of Great Seal.
Change of Name/Address
  • If you change your name or address after being commissioned as a notary, complete a Request for Duplicate/Notice of Change Form and submit to the Office of the Great Seal.
  • Please note there is no need to reapply and there is no fee for an information change.
Duplicate Certificate
For More Information
For further information, please visit the Secretary of State's website.