How to Become a Notary
Effective July 2000
To apply for an appointment or reappointment as a notary public, you may obtain an application and information from a bonding company approved to submit applications electronically to the Department of State, Notary Commissions and Certifications Section.
Most of these companies provide “one-stop-shopping” — they furnish an application, pay the state fees, write your notary bond, and supply your notary seal. You make one payment to the company. You will probably want to check with several companies to compare services and prices. The state fees of $39 are fixed by law, but the bond premium and the notary seal are competitively priced. Please note that the State does not give out applications or provide notary seals.
Your completed application is submitted electronically and in paper format to the Department of State, and if approved without further review by the Governor’s Office, your commission should be issued within just a few days. The notary commission certificate is printed by the Department of State and mailed to your bonding agency. Typically, the company will forward it to you, and your notary seal will follow within a few days. The entire process should be completed within 2-3 weeks, unless your application requires special handling.
When you submit your application for appointment as a notary public to a bonding agency, we suggest that you keep a copy of your application and the name and phone number of the bonding agency. With this information, you can easily check the status of your pending application, if necessary.
Attached is a list of bonding agencies who electronically transmit notary applications to the Department of State.
Effective July 1, 2000, all first time notary applicants are required to complete a three hour notary education course by an approved provider. For a list of approved providers please go to Notary Education.