- A valid photo ID with signature is required of all persons seeking notary service.
- Documents must be signed in front of the notary.
- Persons seeking notaries are responsible for knowing their document, the type of notary service needed, and where to sign. By law, notaries cannot give legal advice or explain documents. Please seek legal advice or contact the document issuing or receiving agency if help is needed. Legal help for Michigan residents is available at Michigan Legal Help.
- Documents outside of the library premises (for mobile notaries, see resources below)
- Estate Planning Documents: Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, etc.
- Real Estate Transactions
- I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms
- Michigan Vital Records: Birth Death, Marriage, Divorce (these are done by State and County officials)
- Certify or notarize that a document/record is an original or true copy of another record. In Michigan, a notary can only acknowledge the signature of the issuer or holder (person on the document) making a true copy statement on, or attached to, the document.
- Documents written in a language other than English.
- Provide a Medallion signature guarantee stamp (these are done through a financial institution participating in the Medallion program)
Other notary service option in the area:
Searchable notary resources in the Grand Traverse Area (mobile notaries, specialized fields, etc.)