Michigan Notary Bond Requirements

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Michigan notaries public are required to obtain a $10,000 surety (Michigan Notary bond) and file it at the office of the county clerk in the county where the notary will be appointed. The cost for these types of surety bond ranges around $50 for a six-year time frame.

Michigan Notary Bond Required.

  • A Michigan Notary bond protects the public from a Notary misconduct or negligence.
  • The bond provides coverage for damages to anyone who suffers financially due to an improper official act on the part of the notary.
  • The injured party may seek reimbursement from the notary for any damages it pays on the Notary’s behalf.
  • The Michigan Department of State is authorized to require the notary to purchase a replacement Michigan Notary bond if damage claims deplete the original $10,000 bonds fund.

Michigan notary bond process:

  • The application to become a Michigan Notary Public must include your driver’s license number, full name as you wish to be appointed, date of birth, residential address (as it appears on your Michigan driver’s license or personal identification card), business address, telephone number. Click the highlighted link Michigan Notary Application to print copy of the notary application.
  • You need to purchase a Michigan Notary Bond of $10,000. A Michigan Notary Bond can be purchased with a phone call 248-888-1134 or click the link to contact a local Michigan Notary Bond agent to receive more information.
  • After you receive the Michigan Notary Bond, you will need to file it with your own County Clerk. The filing fee at the county office is usually $10.00.  At the County Office, the County Clerk will administer an Oath of Office, and verify that you have complied with these requirements by completing the designated area on your completed Notary Public Application. Sign the form, agreeing to all conditions. You should keep a copy of the bond for your records.
  • Send the completed application to the Michigan Department of State: You will need to send the completed form you received from the county office and a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee in the form of either a check or money order payable to the “State of Michigan” to the following address:
    Michigan Department of State
    Office of the Great Seal
    7064 Crowner Blvd.
    Lansing, MI 48918
  • The Michigan Department of State will review your application and may conduct a background check. When your application is approved, a notary public commission is issued to you. If your application is declined, you will receive a denial letter from the state.

A Michigan Notary bond is not an insurance policy. The bond protects the public if a court judgment is rendered against a notary because of negligence or misconduct. If you operate a business out of your home with your notary service, you may need to get business insurance refer to our post on Michigan Home Based Business.