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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Clerk - Notary Public


Notary Public

Welcome to the Notary Public Commission Information page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website.  Below you will find information on how to verify whether a person is a Notary Public and how to qualify for a Notary appointment.

CLICK HERE for Notary Public "Frequently Asked Questions"

Notary Public Search

CLICK HERE to verify whether a person is a Notary Public.

Out of State Notary Search

CLICK HERE to verify Notary Publics from other states.

How To Qualify For A Notary Appointment

To qualify for a notary appointment, an individual must be at least 18 years old; a resident of the State of Michigan or if you are a non-Michigan resident maintain a principal place of business in the State; U.S. citizen or proof of legal presence; read and write in English; and be free of any felony/misdemeanor convictions, and other violations as described in the law.

Apply In Person

Visit the Macomb County Clerk's Offices.


  • $10.00 -- bond filing fee.
  • Method of payments accepted: cash, check, VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.


  • Please make checks payable to: "Macomb County Clerk."

Download An Application

CLICK HERE to download a Michigan Notary Public Application

Application Process

Effective April 1, 2004, the new application process will be as follows:

  • The applicant must complete (TYPED!) the notary application from the Secretary of State and acquire a surety bond in the sum of $10,000 from a surety agent licensed to do business in this state. CLICK HERE for more information about surety bonding. CLICK HERE to visit the Notary Public Information section of the Michigan Secretary of State's website.

  • The applicant must file the proper surety bond and $10 filing fee at the County Clerk.  Applicants must show their driver's license or state ID.

    • In Person: The signature can be previously notarized or if the applicant signs the application in front of the deputy clerk, staff can notarize it.

  • The County Clerk shall verify the bond and affix the county seal to the application.

  • The applicant shall submit via mail the county approved application to the Secretary of State along with the required $10 application fee.

  • The Office of the Great Seal within the Secretary of State shall review the application and may conduct a background check.

  • The Secretary of State approves or denies the application after a review of the application, payment of the proper fee, and results of any background investigation.

  • When the Secretary of State approves an application, the applicant receives their notary commission by mail. The appointment would expire on his or her birthday between six and seven years after the date of appointment.

  • When the Secretary of State denies an application, the applicant receives a denial letter with appeal rights by mail.

CLICK HERE to visit the Notary Public Information section of the Michigan Secretary of State's website.