Take a look at our Notary resources including new notary steps, state notary applications, renewal forms, notary law and handbook information. If you have additional questions, please check our FAQ section.
While procedures differ from state to state, the general steps to become a Notary Public or renew your notary commission are:
- Make sure you meet all of your state’s qualifications
- Complete the notary application
- Pass a notary education course and/or exam (if required by your state)
- Purchase your surety notary bond, E&O insurance, stamp and supplies with Notary Express
- Forward your completed application and notary education documents, if applicable, to firstname.lastname@example.org
- IL notaries must mail the signed and sealed application to: Notary Express, 1116 W Bird Blvd., Peoria, IL 61615
- Our Notary Express professionals will review your application for errors, finalize the notary bond and file the documentation with the appropriate state department (Except for MI, IN and WI which are self-filing states)
- The states below have additional steps the notary must complete after the state approves their application:
- IL notaries are required to register their signature with the County Clerk (notice will be mailed to the notary via USPS)
- MO notaries are required to email a copy of their notary commission letter to email@example.com. We will issue the notary bond to the notary so they can qualify with the County Clerk (instructions are included in the notary commission letter)
- MI notaries will mail their application and filing fee to the Office of the Great Seal, 7064 Crowner Drive, Lansing, MI 48918
- Receive your notary commission certificate or card from the state
- Forward a copy of the notary commission certificate or card to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notary Express will process the notary supplies within 5 days of receipt of your commission
NOTE: WE MUST RECEIVE A COPY OF THE COMMISSION CERTIFICATE BEFORE WE CAN RELEASE THE NOTARY STAMP FOR ALL STATES EXCEPT WISCONSIN.
Notary applications and instructions can be downloaded from your state's website.
Indiana (online only)
E&O Insurance is an affordable risk policy that protects the notary’s personal and business assets from lawsuits resulting from unintentional errors.
There is no deductible and our E&O insurance protects you for the duration of your notary commission.
An e-Notary can sign documents in-person and in the same room as the client electronically and a Remote Online Notary that can sign documents over the internet with clients in remote locations.
In states that have approved e-Notary services, most require that these commissioned notaries meet additional requirements to become remote notaries. Once they are approved as a remote notary, they are capable of notarizing documents using a secure platform. Learn more
Where to Find a Notary
Notaries are often available to customers at many businesses offering financial services, automobile title transfers, shipping services, and more. Here are some of the most common types of businesses where you can find a Notary Public: Banks, Law Firms or Law Offices, Real Estate Offices, Accountant Offices, Parcel Shipping Stores, and Libraries.
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Most notaries find out the hard way and incur great expense when an error or questionable claim is made. Ensure you have enough coverage...we can help.