Alabama

Notaries in the State of Alabama are appointed and commissioned by the probate judges of the various counties. The probate judge reports to the Secretary of State the name, county of residence, date of issuance and date of expiration of the commission of each notary appointed and commissioned under applicable law.

To become a notary, individuals must meet all of their states' qualifications, submit an application and qualify for a $25,000 bond. Each probate judge sets application rules and procedures to go along with this process set by state law. For information on being appointed a notary public, please contact the probate judge for your county. Click here to obtain contact information for him or her.

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Alaska

To apply for a regular notary commission, please acquire and submit the following materials:

1. A new notary bond (see instructions below for more information).
2. A completed application form.
3. $40.00 application fee (checks payable to “State of Alaska,” we also accept Visa and Mastercard). 

These materials should be submitted together to avoid any delay in processing your application.

Applicants who have internet access, active myAlaska accounts, the ability to receive email messages and scan documents and who can pay the $40.00 application fee with Visa or Mastercard may now apply online through the state’s online notary database web application available at http://notaries.alaska.gov.

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Arizona

The Secretary of State records and maintains notary public commissions in Arizona. A notary public witnesses signatures and verifies identities of signers and must be impartial.

Every state commissions notaries; however, every state allows notaries to perform different functions. In Arizona, notaries can perform only acknowledgments, jurats, copy certifications, and oaths and affirmations. Samples of each can be found in our Notary Public Reference Manual(link is external) (PDF).

An Arizona notary must meet several basic requirements. These requirements will be reviewed and verified in the application process. The office cannot commission someone who does not meet these standards.

Document to File: Notary Public Application and completed notary bond

Filing Fee: Standard application $43. You may expedite your application if you include an additional $25 fee. Checks and money orders can be made out to the “Arizona Secretary of State.” Please do not send cash by mail. We recommend paying with cash for in-person filings only.

Commission Length: 4 years

Processing time: 3-4 weeks. Expedited applications are processed within 1-2 days from when we receive your application.

  • You must submit these three* items together:
    • Original signed Notary Application
    • Original notarized Notary Bond
    • $43 filing fee

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Arkansas

Under Arkansas law, a notary public is appointed and commissioned by the Secretary of State.  The following are requirements to become a notary public for the State of Arkansas.

  • The applicant must be a legal resident of Arkansas, or a legal resident of an adjoining state and employed in Arkansas. The commission will be issued for the county of residence or, in the case of out-of-state notaries, the county of employment and will be valid for the entire state.
  • The applicant must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien. In the case of a permanent resident alien, a Declaration of Domicile form must be included with the application. This form can be downloaded here: Arkansas Declaration of Domicile for Notaries Public
  • The applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • The applicant must be able to read and write English.
  • The applicant must not have had a prior notary commission revoked in the past ten (10) years.
  • The applicant must either reside in or be employed in the State of Arkansas.

Arkansas notaries public are appointed for a commission term of ten (10) years. For additional information, visit the Arkansas Secretary of State Notary Public web site.

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California

California Notaries Public are commissioned by the Secretary of State. The following are California's requirements to become a Notary Public.

To become a notary public, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older (there is no maximum age set by statute)
  • be a legal California resident
  • complete a course of study approved by the Secretary of State
  • satisfactorily complete and pass a written examination prescribed by the Secretary of State
  • clear a background check
 

Check List

The following is a check list identifying the steps that must be completed to obtain a notary public commission:

  1. Complete Approved Education
  2. Register for the Exam
  3. Take the Exam
  4. Submit Fingerprints via Live Scan
  5. Await Commission Packet
  6. Purchase Notary Public Materials
  7. File Notary Public Oath & Bond 

https://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/qualifications/

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Wyoming

How do I become a Notary?

1. Complete the PDF application on your computer. Print it out. Make sure your signature matches the Commission Name Style as listed on Item 1 of the application. 

2. Mail the application along with a fee of $30 (check/money order) to this Office.

3. In about 3-5 days after this Office receives and processes your application, we will mail notification to the mailing address on the application. After receiving notification, you may purchase a $500 notary bond available from most insurance companies. 

4. Take the bond to the County Clerk's Office in the county you reside to be filed. The bond must be recorded by the County Clerk within 60 days of the beginning date of your commission.

5. Once you receive your notary certificate from the County Clerk, purchase a notary stamp (ink or embossed) at an office supply/copy store, print shop or notary supply company. Do not order a stamp before you know your commissioning dates. 

6. The term of the notary commission ends in 4 years. It may be reissued for another term upon application (see renewal link on this page). 


Who can be a Wyoming Notary?

You must be:

  • At least eighteen (18) years of age;
  • A resident of the State of Wyoming and the county from which you are making application;
  • Able to read and write the English language;
  • A convicted felon is not eligible to be a notary unless the felony conviction has been:
    • Reversed or annulled;
    • Pardoned; or
    • All rights have been restored pursuant to W.S. 7-13-105(a).

 

Additional Information

  • Notary Statutes W.S. 32-1-101 through 32-1-114 (you will be taken to the Legislative Services Office's website)
  • FAQs
  • Self Help Test
  • Total cost includes:
    • $30 fee paid to the Secretary of State;
    • Bond fee (paid to insurance company);
    • County filing fee for bond (paid to the County Clerk); and
    • Cost of a notary stamp (paid to the office or notary supply store).

 

IMPORTANT: The renewal procedure is the same as for a new commission. When renewing, do not submit your application more than six weeks prior to your current expiration date.

Notary Application/Renewal Form

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