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Updated 11/18/2020 - Due to the current epidemic, to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, and to protect the safety of the public and our staff, the Oakland County Clerks Office is open by appointment only for urgent matters.
We strongly encourage you to utilize our online or by-mail options.
Please note, appointments are limited. See below for options in performing each service and read the corresponding web page carefully on how to proceed:
Appointments/Notice to callers
- We are experiencing high call volumes. Phones are being answered between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For questions relating to the Vital Records Office, call 248-858-0571.
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- Due to the epidemic, appointments are limited to NEW Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) only. If your matter is urgent and you are not able to make an appointment online, you may call our office at 248-858-0571.
Please reserve appointments for urgent matters only, and consider an online or by-mail option instead, to protect the safety of all.
Notary Public Commission applications are available through the Oakland County Clerk's Office. Complete notary responsibilities and application information are also available through the State of Michigan website.
- You must be a resident of Oakland County and be at least 18 years of age to apply as a notary public.
- If you are an out-of-state resident and your principal place of business is in Oakland County you may also apply here.
How to Apply
All applications must be submitted to the Oakland County Clerk's Office. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please note our busiest hours are between 11:30am and 1:30pm.
To begin the process, you must obtain a $10,000 surety bond through an insurance agent or company that solicits bond insurance.
Once you receive your surety bond, bring the following items to the Oakland County Clerk's Office:
Notary Public Commission application (must be filled out legibly)
- $10,000 surety bond (may be obtained through an insurance provider, yellow pages or
State of Michigan website)
- When filling out the application, your signature must match the name that has been printed as your "Commission Name" at the bottom of the application. (Your bond must match this name as well.)
- Valid government issued ID
- Proof of employment (required only when you are an out-of-state resident)
- $10.00 payable in cash, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, money order or in-state personal check made payable to Oakland County Clerk's Office
After swearing to an oath of office and filing your bond with the Clerk's Office, you will then mail your processed notary application with a $10.00 check or money order payable to the 'State of Michigan' to:
Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Dr.
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.
You may not act as a notary public or perform notorial 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.