State-specific Notary Information Includes: Notary Bond Requirement, Notary Training and/or Exam Requirement, Stamp and/or Seal Requirement, Recordbook (also called a Journal) Requirement, State Notary Administrator Contact Information and more.If you are re-applying, you can use the same notary journal with the new commission, as long as the information required in the front of the notarial journal is updated.You could be in violation of state law even if you use your notary stamps in addition to the embossed seal.
Election Outlook: Voter identification requirements are currently under review in federal court.
The Secretary of State will update its website to comply with court requirements as more information is available.
If your notary stamp is lost, stolen or otherwise damaged, you will need to send a letter to the Secretary of State explaining what happened and, if applicable, include photocopies of any police report.
The Secretary of State will then send you another certificate of authorization for you to obtain a new notary stamp from a manufacturer of your choice.
A notary public is an officer commissioned by the Michigan Secretary of State to serve as an unbiased and impartial witness.
The most common function of the notary is to prevent fraud by attesting to the identity of a person signing a document.Before a notary performs any notarial act, the notary is required to read the Notary Public Act, 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.261, et seq.) An electronic copy of the Act may be found on the Legislature's Web site at There are approximately 107,000 active notaries public currently commissioned in the State of Michigan.Qualifications You must: Licensed attorneys in the State of Michigan are not required to file a surety bond with the county clerk as of April 1, 2007.Be sure to indicate where the new notarial commission begins on the next notary journal entry line. The official notary stamp from the expiring notary commission must be destroyed as soon as the notary commission expires.It will be invalid with the new notary commission - ORS 194-154(1). To destroy the stamp, peel off the rubber strip, cut it up and then throw it away.This commission date stamp can be used with your official Notary seal if your seal does not include the expiration date of your commission.