To submit an application to become a notary public, complete the application form, and get a surety bond from a qualified insurance company. Send the completed and signed form, a copy of surety the bond and the required fee to the notary licensing agency of your state.
It is essential to note that the procedures, requirements and application fees differ from one state to another. Therefore, visit your state website to check and confirm all the necessary details. As of May 2015, the fee is $60 in New York state, $30 in Washington, $39 in Florida and $21 in Texas. All applicants must be 18 years of age and above. Most states require a surety bond of $10,000 from an insurance company that is eligible to offer surety bonds. Ensure that the application form is filled accurately and completely before submission. Some states, such as Texas, have a notary public term of 4 years, but you can apply for a renewal 90 days before the expiration date.
You need to be a resident of the state in which you are applying to be a notary. A clean criminal record is mandatory in all states. A state agency can deny a notary public application, but most states allow you to resubmit the application after one year.