Taken directly from the Office of the Great Seal, State of Michigan website, the following actions are prohibited for a Notary:

  • Notarize a document without witnessing a signature
  • Make a true copy statement
  • Making a certification regarding a person, business or document (examples: stating a person is alive, stating a business is incorporated under the laws of a particular state, state the qualifications of a person)
  • Include the term “Notario Publico / Notaria Publica” in their notarization or be referred to as “Notario Publico / Notaria Publica” within the document
  • Be stated in the beginning of the document and state the whole document
  • Notarize the signature of a direct lineal ancestor or family member – spouse, grand or great grandparents, parents, children, grand and great grandchildren, stepchildren, siblings, half siblings or current in-laws. (A Notary CAN notarize for Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, former spouses and former in-laws)
  • Notarize a document in which the notary has a financial interest in
  • Charge over $10 for their notarization. They may change extra for travel, but this must be agreed upon before the notarization
  • Cannot charge a fee to make a correction to their notarization
  • If using Electronic or Remote notarization, notary cannot charge a travel or convenience fee
  • Cannot make any portion of the document illegible by their writing, stamp or embosser
  • Cannot stamp or emboss pages to show a page belongs within a document. Every stamp or embossing is considered a notarization and requires witnessing a signature and having all elements of a proper notarization

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*Notary services (michigan.gov)