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HOWTOAPPLYFORANOTARYPUBLICBYMAIL
ToreducethespreadofCoronavirusandtoprotectthesafetyofthepublicandstaff,th
eOaklandCountyClerk’s
Officeisclosedtothepublic,exceptbyappointmento nly.Westronglyencourageyoutoutil izeourmailoption
beforeconsideringaninpersonappointment.Note:DonotapplywiththeOaklandCountyClerk’sOfficeuntil
youhavereceivedyou
rsurety/notarybond.
Ifyouchoosetomakeanappointment,donotproceedwiththebelowinstructions.Makeyour
appointmentbycalling248858-0571.Applicationrequirementscanbefoundonline.
Ifyouchoosetoproceedbymail,continuewiththebelowinstructions.
Questionsregardingthenotarycommissionprocessmaybedirectedtoclerkvital@oakgov.com.
Thispacketcontainsinstructionsonhowtoapplyforanotarypublicthroughthemailduringthestateof
emergency.Beforeyoucanapply,youmustfirstobtaina$10,000notarybond.OncetheCountyClerk’sOffice
hasreceivedyourApplicationforNotaryCommission,notarybondandotherrequireddocumenta tionbymail,
theClerk’sOfficewillcontactyoutoconductaZoommeetingtoperformanoathofoffice.Aftertheoathhas
beentaken,theClerk’sOfficewillreturnyourprocessedapplicationwhichyouwillthenberesponsiblefor
finalizingtheprocesswiththeStateofMichigan,OfficeoftheGreatSeal.Pleasereadthefollowinginstr
uctions
carefullyinordertoensuretimelyprocessing.ALLFIELDSMUSTBEFILLEDINANDALLSTEPSMUSTBE
FOLLOWEDORWECANNOTPROCESSYOURAPPLICATIONusetheattachedchecklisttoensureyouhave
metallrequirements.
Requirements:
1. YoumustbearesidentofOaklandCountyandbeatleast18yearsofage.
2. IfyouareanoutofstateresidentandyourprincipalplaceofbusinessisinOaklandCounty,youmay
applywiththeOaklandCountyClerk’sOffice.Youwillneedtoprovideproofofemploymentifyour
addressisnotinOaklandCounty,alongwithproofofyourcurrentresidency.
SuretyBond:
Youmustobtaina$10,000suretybond(notarybond)throughaninsuranceagentorcompanythatprovides
bondinsurance.YourbondMUSTbeissuedinyourname.Thiswillbethesignatureyou use foreachnotaryact
youperform.
Note:Ifyouareanattorney,abondisnotrequired.
1. Onceyoureceiveyourbondfromthebondingcompany, ensure the bond is in your name.
2. Youmustsignthebondas the "Principal" beforemailingittotheClerk’sOffice.Note:there are
generally two signaturesrequired onthebondformandboth must besigned. The second "Principal"
signature is under the "Oath of Office" section. Please also sign in the "Oath of Office" section and
our office will notarize the Oath once we complete the Zoom hearing.
3. TheoriginalbondmustbesubmittedtotheClerk’sOfficeitwillnotbereturnedtoyou.
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CompleteApplicationforNotaryCommission:
1. CompletetheApplicationforNotaryCommission.Youmayfillouttheform usingAdobePDFreader.
CLICKHERETODOWNLOADAMICHIGANNOTARYPUBLICAPPLICATION.
a. TheapplicationMUSTbefilledoutCOMPLETELYandLEGIBLY.
b. PrintouttheapplicationtoincludeitinthemailingtotheClerk’sOffice. Be sure to use
Form 98 Revised 11/19.
c. Signtheapplication.
i. YoursignatureontheapplicationMUSTmatchthenamethathasbeenprintedas
your“CommissionName”foundatthebottomoftheapplication.
ii. Yousignaturemustbehandwritten.Wecannotaccepttypedordigitallysigned
applications.
SubmityourdocumentstotheOaklandCountyClerk’sOffice:
NOTE:Youmusthaveaccesstotheinternetwithvideoandaudiocapabilitiestoproceedwiththeprocess.A
Zoomvideo/audiohearingmustbeheldtoperformanoathofoffice.TheZoomhearingcanbeheldona
computer,IOSorAndroiddevice.DownloadZoom.ussoftware/applicationpriortothehearing.
1. Completetheattachedchecklistandincludeitinyourmailing.ALLcontactinformationMUSTbefilled
outlegibly.
2. Includephotocopy(frontandback)ofgovernmentissuedphotoIDshowingcurrentaddressinOakland
County.
a. Ifresidenceisoutofstate,youmustalsoprovideaphotocopyofproofofemployment.
3. Includeapplicationfeeof$10.00payablebycheckormoneyordermadeoutto“OaklandCounty
Clerk’sOffice.”
4. MailpacketbyUSPS/UPS/FedExto:
OaklandCountyClerkVitalRecords
1200N.Telegraph,Dept.413
Pontiac,MI48341
5. PleasenotethatUSPS(regularmail)maybetakin
glongertoprocess.Oncewereceiveyourpaperwork
andperformtheoathhearing,ourofficewillreturnyourprocessedApplicationforNotaryCommission
toyoubymailusingUSPS.Youmaywanttoincludeaprepaidpriorityorexpres s mailthrough
USPS/UPS/FedExtoexpeditethereturnofyourappli
cation.
6. TheClerk’sOfficewillnotbeabletoperformanoathiftheaboverequirementsarenotmet.Make
sureyouhavesatisfiedallrequirementsandthatyouhaveCOMPLETELYfilledoutthechecklist.
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AfterourofficereceivesyourApplicationforNotaryCommission:
1. Onceourofficereceivesyourcompletedpacket,wewillcallthenumberonyourchecklistsheetto
scheduleanappointmentdate/timefortheZoomhearing.
2. Afteradatehasbeenscheduledwithyou,ourofficewillsendyouanemailwithaZoommeetinginvite
forassigneddate/time.
3. Onthedateofyourappointment,pleasejointhemeeting510minutespriortoyourassignedtimeto
ensureyoucanconnectandenablebothvideoandaudiosettingsonyourdevice.Ourofficewill
administertherequiredoaththroughtheZoomhearing.
4. YouwillneedtoshowyourgovernmentissuedIDonthevideohearing.
5. OncetheZoommeetingandoathhasbeencompleted,ourofficewillmailyoutheprocessed
ApplicationforNotaryCommissiontotheaddressonyourchecklistbymailusingUSPSunlessyou
haveprovidedareturnexpeditedprepaidenvelope.
6. Onceyoureceiveyourprocessedapplicationbackfromus,youwillneedsubmitittotheOfficeofthe
GreatSeal.Youmustincludetheirfilingfeeof$10payabletoStateofMichigan,andmailtheapplication
andfilingfeeto:
MichiganDepartmentofState
OfficeoftheGreatSeal
7064CrownerDrive
Lansing,MI48918
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CHECKLISTFORSUBMITTINGNOTARYAPPLICATION
**NOTE:ThischecklistmustbecompletedINFULLandsubmittedtotheOaklandCountyClerk’sOfficealong
withyourApplicationforNotaryCommission.Ifanyoftheitemsarenotprovided,yourapplicationwillnot
beprocessed.
Original$10,000SuretyBondincluded(must be signed in two places - one as principal and one under
Oath of Office)ORIamanattorney(bondnot required)
ApplicationforNotaryCommissionincluded(signature must match “Commission Name”) - Use Form 98
Revised 11/19
$10.00checkormoneyorderincluded(madeouttoOaklandCountyClerk’sOffice)
Photocopy(frontandback)ofgovernmentissuedIDincluded(mustshowcurrentOaklandCounty
residenceORCopyofproofofprincipalplaceofbusinessinOaklandCountyasIdonotliveinMichigan
(includingfrontandbackphotocopyofgovernmentissuedID)
IhaveaccesstotheInternetandadevicewithvideoandaudiocapabilities
IamabletodownloadZoom.usonmyvideo/audiodevice
Name________________________________________
Address______________________________ ________(forustoreturnyourprocessedapplication)
______________________________________
Phonenumber____________________________(whereIcanbereachedbetween9:00am4:30pmMF)
Emailaddress__________________________________(forustosendyouaZoommeetinginvite)
Questionsregardingthenotaryapplicationprocessmaybedirectedtocl
erkvital@oakgov.com.
Mailto:OaklandCountyClerkVitalRecords
1200N.Telegraph,Dept.413
Pontiac,MI48341
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