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In Michigan, the notary cannot make a "true copy" statement

If you have documents that need to be notarized and further apostilled or authenticated in Michigan, such as a passport, driver's license, social security card, utility bills, bank statements, etc. please follow the instructions below to have it notarized first.


  1. You'll need to make a copy of the document.

  2. Write a true copy statement on the copy of the document or attach a coversheet to the top of the document.

  3. Take the document to a Michigan notary. They can be easily reached at banks or UPS stores near you.

  4. Sign under a true copy statement in front of a Michigan notary.

  5. Notary will notarize your signature.

Helpful Tips

  1. You will need to put a true copy statement on the document.

  2. How to make a true copy statement.

    • Print or type: "this is a true copy of my ______" (list type of document) directly on the document. This statement can be made on a separate sheet of paper stapled to the front of the document.

    • Sign under a true copy statement in front of a Michigan notary. Have your signature notarized by a Michigan notary public.

    • The only person who can make the true copy statement is the person named in the document or the person who produced the document.

Exceptions to this rule:

  • If the person named on the document is under the age of 18, a parent can make the true copy statement on their behalf.

  • If the person named in the document is deceased, the only other people who can make a true copy statement on document on their behalf is a family member or an attorney of the estate.

⚠️ A Michigan notary public cannot make a "true copy" statement on copies of any records.

⚠️ Vital records (birth/marriage/divorce/death certificates) and court records cannot be notarized by a notary, instead, a certified copy from the issuing authority is satisfactory.

Apostille or Authentication in Michigan

For documents that will be used overseas (outside of the US), once they're properly notarized or certified, then an apostille process is a must before their use. Order the service below if you need the service.

Besides documents from Michigan, we also provide apostille, authentication, and embassy legalization services for other personal documents and corporate documents issued in 50 states and DC.


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