MICHIGAN NOTARY PUBLIC ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 238 of 2003
55.275 Application; format; fee; use of L.E.I.N. provided in C.J.I.S. policy council act; certificate of appointment.
(1) A person shall apply to the secretary for appointment as a notary public in a format as prescribed by the secretary. An application for appointment as a notary public shall contain the signature of the applicant. In addition to other information as may be required by the secretary, the application shall include all of the following:
(a) The applicant's name, residence address, business address, date of birth, and residence and business telephone numbers.
(b) The applicant's driver license or state personal identification card number.
(c) A validated copy of the filing of the bond, if applicable, and oath certificate received from the county clerk.
(d) If applicable, a statement showing whether the applicant has previously applied for an appointment as a notary public in this or any other state, the result of the application, and whether the applicant has ever been the holder of a notary public appointment that was revoked, suspended, or canceled in this or any other state.
(e) A statement describing the date and circumstances of any felony or misdemeanor conviction of the applicant during the preceding 10 years.
(f) A declaration that the applicant is a citizen of the United States or, if not a citizen of the United States, proof of the applicant's legal presence in this country.
(g) An affirmation by the applicant that the application is correct, that the applicant has read this act, and that the applicant will perform his or her notarial acts faithfully.
(2) Each application shall be accompanied by an application processing fee of $10.00. One dollar of each fee collected under this subsection shall be deposited into the notary education and training fund established in section 17 on a schedule determined by the secretary.
(3) Upon receipt of an application that is accompanied by the prescribed processing fee, the secretary may inquire as to the qualifications of the applicant and shall determine whether the applicant meets the qualifications prescribed in this act. To assist in deciding whether the applicant is qualified, the secretary may use the law enforcement information network as provided in the C.J.I.S. policy council act, 1974 PA 163, MCL 28.211 to 28.215, to check the criminal background of the applicant.
(4) After approval of the application, the secretary shall mail directly to the applicant the certificate of appointment as a notary public. Each certificate of appointment shall identify the person as a notary public of this state and shall specify the term and county of the person's commission.
History: 2003, Act 238, Eff. Apr. 1, 2004
Am. 2006, Act 426, Imd. Eff. Oct. 5, 2006
Am. 2006, Act 510, Eff. Apr. 1, 2007
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