Our offices are now open for all services except funeral homes Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Service to funeral homes will continue by appointment until further notice.
If you plan to come into our office, please be advised that you will have to go through a short health-screening procedure which includes having your temperature taken and answering a few questions. You will be required to wear a mask or face-covering at all times. Due to limited space inside the offices, it will be necessary for you to have all of your requests/ applications completed before you are allowed inside the office, including having your identification documents and payment ready. Please keep in mind that our office closes at 4:30 p.m. and some services can take up to 20 minutes to perform. Please allow for this when coming in to our office.
Application Process - New and Renewal
Before you begin, please note:
- Your signature must match the name that has been printed as your "Commissioned Name." This is the signature that you will use when notarizing documents. This is also the way your name should appear on your Notary Bond.
- There are three separate costs/fees associated with becoming a notary.
- Do not enter the Clerk’s Office until you have all of your documents in order, including: completed Application, Surety Bond, Photo ID, and Payment. Please read all instructions below. Once you have all necessary items in hand, please stand by the door until you are call, adhearing to social distancing rules.
1. Fill out the Notary Application on-line through the Secretary of State’s website: Becoming a Notary Public Your signature must match the name that has been printed as your "Commissioned Name." This is the signature that you will use when notarizing documents.
2. Obtain a surety bond in the amount of $10,000. Bonds are available through insurance agencies or bonding companies. The approximate cost is $55, although prices may vary from company to company. Your application signature, your commissioned name and surety bond must all match. If they do not all match, we will be unable to process your notary application. Do not sign your bond until requested to do so by County Clerk staff.
- The only exception to obtaining a surety bond is if you are an attorney. An Attorney in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan is not required to obtain and file a surety bond with the County Clerk’s office. An Attorney is required to go to the County Clerk’s office in their county of residence to take the Constitutional Oath and obtain the County Seal and Certification.
3. File the surety bond and full Power of Attorney with the County Clerk’s Office in the county where you reside. In Muskegon County, the filing fee is $10.00. If you are paying by check or money order, please have it made out to Muskegon County Clerk and indicate your driver’s license number and telephone number on the check or money order.
4. County Clerk staff will verify that you have complied with the necessary requirements in the designated area on your completed Notary Public Application. If all requirements are met, they will administer the Oath of Office.
5. Sign the application, agreeing to all conditions stated.
6. Forward your completed application with the $10 non-refundable processing fee to the following address:
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
PO Box 20126
Lansing, MI 48901-0726
Do not send cash, please send a check or money order payable to the "State of Michigan".