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Executive Order

MI Governor Executive Order 2020-74

Notary Law Update: MI Governor Executive Order 2020-74

State: Michigan


Executive Order 2020-74 both rescinds and expands on Executive Order 2020-41, temporarily allowing notarial acts for remotely located individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signed:  May 05, 2020

Effective:  May 05, 2020

Chapter: N/A


All Michigan Notaries Public.

  1. Rescinds and replaces Executive Order 2020-41 with this Order.
  2. Keeps all provisions in Executive Order 2020-41 in place with this Order except as follows: (a) Requires the signatory to affirmatively represent that the signatory is physically located in Michigan or that the signatory is physically located outside of Michigan, and (b) Extends from 24 to 72 hours of receipt when any witnesses to the document must sign the transmitted copy of the document as a witness and return the signed copy to the signatory or the signatory's designee by fax, mail, or electronic means.
  3. Temporarily suspends strict compliance with MCL 55.269(2) to the extent necessary to extend until June 30, 2020, the validity of a Notary commission that expired or is set to expire between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020.

Governor Wittmer extends her previous Executive Order 2020-41 with Executive Order 2020-74. The provisions are now extended to June 30, 2020. Apart from two minor changes, the substance of the previous Order remains in place. The one new additional provision, which will be a welcome relief to Notaries whose commissions expired from March 1 or will expire in the coming days, is that these commissions will be extended through June 30, 2020.

Read the executive order.

On June 24, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-131, extending the expiration date of the provisions in Executive Order 2020-74 through July 31, 2020.

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