Purpose of a Notary
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.
Notarization on a document certifies that the person whose signature is entered on the document personally appeared before the notary, established his or her identity, and personally signed the document in the presence of the notary.
The Michigan Department of State offers a Notary Search on the Department of State website.
County Notary Services
The County Clerk's Office offers notary services to the public. The fee for notary services is $5 for 1 to 5 notarized signatures and $2 for each additional notarization.