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Notary Public

Effective January 1, 2021, due to COVID-19 the Kalamazoo County Clerk / Register of Deeds office is closed to the public upon further notice. Limited in-person services are available by appointment only; all other services can be completed online or by mail.

A Notary Public is certified by the State of Michigan to administer oaths and to provide certification to signatures affixed to important legal documents and sworn statements.

Notary Public Commission applications are available through the Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office. Complete notary responsibilities and application information are also available through the State of Michigan website.

Applying to be a Notary Public

Application Requirements 

  • You must be a resident of Kalamazoo County and be at least 18 years of age to apply as a notary public.
  • Out-of-state applicants may apply if their principal place of business is located in Kalamazoo County.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted to the Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office. 

  1. Obtain a surety bond of $10,000 available through a state-licensed insurance agency or bonding company. Attorneys licensed in Michigan who are in good standing do not need a bond but still need to complete steps 2-4. 
  2. Complete the Application for Notary Public (PDF).
  3. Visit the Kalamazoo County Clerk’s office to finalize the application. Click here to make your notary appointment.

    NOTE: You must bring the following items with you to the appointment: 

    • Valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID)
    • Notary Public Application 
    • Surety Bond (Attorneys are exempt)
    • $10 fee cash/check/credit card

    The County Clerk will administer an oath of office and a declaration for applicant signature to verify that you have complied with all requirements and that all information on your application is correct, that you have read and understand the laws, and that you will perform all notarial acts faithfully.

  4. Mail your processed notary application with an additional $10.00 check or money order payable to the 'State of Michigan' to:

    Michigan Department of State
    Office of the Great Seal
    7064 Crowner Drive
    Lansing, MI 48918

Your notary commission will be emailed or mailed to the address provided on your application from the Office of the Great Seal. If you have any questions about your notary application once you have mailed it to their office, you may call them at 888-767-6424 or visit the Secretary of the State's website.

PLEASE NOTE: You may not act as a notary public or perform notarial acts until you are listed as "active" on the State of Michigan website or you have received your notary commission from the Office of the Great Seal which may take several weeks.

Additional Resources

Search Michigan Notaries
Request for Duplicate/Notice of Change 
Michigan Office of the Great Seal

Contact Us

Meredith Place 
Clerk / Register of Deeds
Email

Elizabeth Byrd
Chief Deputy Clerk / Register of Deeds 
Email

Physical Address
201 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
Phone: 269-383-8840 (Clerk)
269-383-8970 (Deeds)
Fax: 269-384-8143

Office Hours *
8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday
*The Clerk/Register of Deeds office is currently open by appointment only.

Closed on Holidays

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