Office of Risk Management

Facilities Management Building
411 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4929
Fax: (248) 370-2601

Notary Bonds Procedure

Notary Bonds - ALL Notary Bond applications must be submitted to the Office of Risk Management for processing.

Note: Bonds are secured for Oakland University Employees only.
Instructions for Notary Bond Applications
  1. Complete the Application for Michigan Notary Public Appointment from the Michigan Department of State website. Sign and print the application.
  2. Email a copy of the completed application to the Office of Risk Management at
  3. Once the application is received, The Office of Risk Management will procure a surety bond in the amount of $10,000.
  4. Risk Management will contact you directly once the bond has been received.  
  5. Applicant must take the bond and application to the county clerk's office in which the applicant resides, for authentication.
  6. You must then submit the application form and a $10 nonrefundable processing fee to the Michigan Department of State:

 Michigan Department of State

 Office of the Great Seal

 7064 Crowner Blvd.

 Lansing, MI 48918

To become commissioned as a Michigan notary public, an individual must meet the following State of Michigan requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be a Michigan resident or maintain a place of business in Michigan;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or possess proof of legal presence;
  • Be a resident of the county (or maintain a principle place of business) in which you request appointment;
  • Read and write in the English language;
  • Be free of any felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, or violations as specified;
  • Have filed with the appropriate county clerk a proper surety bond in the amount of $10,000 and taken the oath of office as prescribed by the constitution;
  • Sign a declaration that all information on application is correct, that you have read and understand the laws, and that you will perform all notarial acts faithfully;
  • Not be imprisoned in any state, county or federal correctional facility;
  • Notary public commissions expire at the end of 6 years depending on the notary’s birth date. The exact length depends on the date of appointment and the date of birth. You must re-apply each time. If you wish another appointment, you must apply for a new commission 4 to 6 weeks before your current commission expires.
The same procedures outlined above should be used when applying for your new commission. Your notary commission is not valid until you receive your certificate of commission in the mail. It is each notaries responsibility not to let their commission expire. It is now prohibited to notarize documents for "family members" (spouse, domestic partner, ancestor, descendant or sibling, including in-laws, steps or half relatives).
Visit the State of Michigan website for updates regarding Notary Public Information