The Traverse Area District Library, Main Library at 610 Woodmere Avenue, offers basic notary services as a courtesy. There is no charge.
Notary services are available Monday – Friday only. Service hours vary daily, but typically 9am-5pm. Persons seeking notary services should contact the library at (231) 932-8500 prior to visiting to ensure a notary will be available.
- 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.
- Persons needing witness signatures for their documents are required to bring their own witnesses with them. The library does not provide witnesses.
Library notary staff does not offer electronic/digital notary services and does not/cannot notarize the following (see other notary resources below):
- Documents outside of the library premises (for mobile notaries, see resources below)
- Real Estate Transactions: Mortgages, Deeds, Closing Documents, etc.
- 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).
- Provide an Apostille (this is issued by your Secretary of State’s office or Notary Commissioning Agency).
Library notaries reserve the right to decline any document for any reason.
Other notary service options in the area:
Searchable notary resources in the Grand Traverse Area (mobile notaries, specialized fields, etc.)
Information and instructions on how to become a Michigan Notary Public are available on the Michigan Secretary of State website.