Updated on June 29th, 2023
A Michigan notary acknowledgment is completed by a notary public to verify that someone’s signature on a document is valid. The person who signed the document must meet the notary in person, show their identification, and declare that the signature is theirs and was given willingly. Acknowledgment forms are generally required when signing loans, real estate contracts, and estate planning documents (e.g., last will, trust).
A notary’s term of commission lasts 6 to 7 years from the date of appointment, expiring on the notary’s birthday (MCL § 55.269).
Is Online Notarization Legal in Michigan?
Michigan statutes MCL §§ 55.286 through 55.287 outline the rules and procedures notaries must follow when using electronic signatures and online notarization platforms.
Statute: MCL § 55.286c
MICHIGAN NOTARY ACKNOWLEDGMENT
State of Michigan
County of [COUNTY]
On this [DAY] day of [MONTH], [YEAR], before me, [NOTARY’S NAME], the undersigned Notary Public, personally appeared [NAME OF SIGNER(S)], personally known to me or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument, and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same for the purposes therein stated.
WITNESS my hand and official seal.
Notary Public Signature: ________________________
Notary Public, State of Michigan, County of [COUNTY OF COMMISSION]
My Commission Expires: [MM/DD/YYYY]
Acting in the County of [COUNTY (IF OTHER THAN COUNTY OF COMMISSION)]