If you want to become a notary, use the links below that take you to the department in each state that oversees notary commissions. Some sites are easier to use than others and some have very little information and will require a phone call or email for help. A notary department or office in your state will have specific requirements for you to become a notary public. For most, you must be a resident of the state where you want to become a notary; some allow you to become a notary if you're a resident of a neighboring state. Visit the links below to find information on how to become a notary where you live or select quick list by State of Notary Public commission info.

We try to spot check these links for accuracy, but State governments may update or reorganize their sites, and we may not be aware they've moved the information for notary licenses. Please contact us and let us know if any of these links are not correct.


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Alabama: Become a Notary: An Alabama Notary Public is appointed and commissioned by County probate judges. Notary Public term of office is 4 years.

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Become a Notary in Alaska: An Alaska Notary Public is commissioned by the State for a term of 4 years. An application fee is required.

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Arizona: Become a Notary: Arizona Notaries Public are commissioned by the Secretary of State for a 4-year term. An application fee is required.

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Arkansas: Become a Notary: An Arkansas Notary Public is commissioned by the Secretary of State for a 10-year term. An application fee is required.

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California: Become a Notary: A California Notary Public is commissioned by the Secretary of State for a 4-year term. An application fee is required

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Become a Notary in Colorado: A Colorado Notary Public is commissioned by the Secretary of State for a 4-year term.

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Connecticut: Become a Notary: A Connecticut Notary Public is commissioned by the Secretary of State for a 5-year term.

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Delaware: Become a Notary: A Delaware Notary Public is commissioned by the Secretary of State or Governor for a 2 or 4-year term. There are also two types of paper-only commissions: Notary Commissions for Certain Service Organizations and Limited Governmental Notary Commissions. An application fee is required.

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Washington, DC: Become a Notary: A DC Notary Public is commissioned by the Secretary of the District of Columbia for a 5-year term. An application fee is required.

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Florida: Become a Notary: A Florida Notary Public is commissioned by the Secretary of State for a 4-year term. An application fee is required.