Notary Public Information

A Notary Public is a person authorized by the state in which the person resides to administer oaths (swearing to truth of a statement), take acknowledgments, certify documents and to take depositions if the notary is also a court reporter. The signature and seal of a stamp of a notary public is necessary to attest to the truth of a person making an affidavit and to attest that a person has acknowledged that he/she executed a deed, power of attorney or other document, and is required for recording in public records. The Secretary of State of each state appoints notary publics for a specified term of years.

A Notary Pubic must see proof of identity (for example, driver’s license) of the person that is executing a document.

To Become a Notary Public

  • The applicant must have a completed bond and an application which can be obtained at an insurance company.
  • The applicant files the bond in the County Clerk’s Office and will sign the bond in the presence of the County or Deputy County Clerk.
  • The fee is $10. Checks or money orders can be made payable to: Ionia County Clerk.
  • The County Clerk’s Office will initial and seal the application and return it to the applicant.
  • The applicant will then file the sealed application with the State of Michigan, along with another $10 fee. The mailing address to the State of Michigan will be on the application.

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County Clerk

Janae K. Cooper

Janae K. Cooper
County Clerk

Location:
Ionia County Clerk’s Office
100 W. Main Street
Ionia, MI 48846

Email:
clerk@ioniacounty.org

Phone:
(616) 527-5322

Fax:
(616) 527-8201

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Genealogy Hours
Mon: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
No genealogy on Tuesdays
Wed-Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Clerk’s Office is open for business during the noon hour. However, we recommend that you call our office first if you are planning on doing business during this time, as it is sometimes necessary to close the office during the noon hour when short-staffed.