Notaries public are commissioned by the states, and thus there is no single entity through which notary forms can be attained. In most states, the office of the Secretary of State regulates notaries and is where the relevant paperwork would be found, according to the National Notary Association.
There are nearly 4.5 million notaries public in the United States, says the National Notary Association. Notaries public serve as officials appointed by the state to serve as a witness of the state in relation to the signing of certain documents. Notaries public are tasked with verifying the identity of those signing documents considered to be of relative importance, such as deeds or wills.