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Notary Public

A notary public is an officer appointed by the Michigan Secretary of State. Commissioned notaries have power to attest to the authenticity of a person’s signature, to administer oaths, to take affidavits and to perform other legal acts customarily performed by notaries.

Notarization on a document certifies that the person named on it appeared before the notary and displayed valid identification and signed the document in the notary’s presence.

Michigan Notary Public Application Process


You must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be a Michigan resident or maintain a place of business in Michigan;
  • Be a US citizen or possess proof of legal presence;
  • Be a resident of the county in which you request appointment;
  • For non-Michigan residents, maintain a principle place of business in the county where you request appointment;
  • Read and write in the English language;
  • Be free of any felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, or convictions for violating the Notary Public Act;
  • Not be imprisoned in any state, county or federal correctional facility.


  •  Each notary public commission is for a 6 to 7-year period ending on the notary’s birthday. The term is not less than 6 or more than 7 years from the date of appointment. There is no renewal process so you must apply for a new commission each time. It is your responsibility to apply for a new commission no more than 60 days prior to the expiration date.
  • Questions about your notary application should be directed to the Office of the Great Seal at 517-373-2531, or Office of the Great Seal (