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Do I need to add county information as part of a notarization?

My Notary stamp has the words "acting in the county of_____" at the bottom. Am I required to fill in the blank even if I am acting in the county of my commission? — C.H., Michigan

You should complete the statement ‘Acting in the County of ______ ‘even if you are acting in the county of your commission.  It is part of your seal impression and not completing this statement could cause delays or rejection of your signer’s document.

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Candice Angotti

10 May 2021

Often the verbiage will say to only fill in the County if you are acting outside of the county you are commissioned in, so it saves a little bit of writing on the notary's part. In Michigan our stamp states where we are commissioned and we need to always fill in what county we are acting in as well.

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