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Notary Series Part 1: The Notary Commission Process

A Series Based Upon Everything You Need to Know About the Notary Commission Process Written By Jessica Melton

Congratulations, you want to become a notary public or wish to renew your notary public commission!  However, you are not sure of how to start.  In this series, we will talk about all things notary, starting with the process of how to receive your commission.

There are several options that you can choose from including both online and local in-person courses.  One of the most popular choices is the National Notary Association.  You will also need to order your commission package.  This includes items such as your journal, stamp, bond, and your two insurances. 

For more information on this school and commission package, click here.

Remember to take your LiveScan application and passport photos with you for this.

You must bring a valid photo ID, a completed application, your “Proof of Completion” from the training course, and the state fee to the exam.

A valid photo ID includes (a) Driver’s license (issued in the last five years before the exam); (b) a current passport; (c) a Military DD2 or (d) an Active Duty Card.  A Common Access Card is NOT acceptable.

The results come by email and usually take 15 business days to arrive.  (I know, it’s agonizing).  You need a score of 70 or greater to pass. 

The school will also send you your Bond as soon as the state has issued your commission.

***Failure to file within the 30-calendar day mark will result in commission refusal and you will need to start the whole process over.  (YIKES!)***

Now you can enjoy all the perks of being a notary for the next four years.  It may seem like a long and arduous process, but trust me, once it is finished it is totally worth it.