Public Notary

Notary Stamps

Who can be a Notary?

Must be 18 years of age or older

Must be of good moral character

Must be capable of discharging duties imposed by law 

Must not be a convicted felon

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Apply to be a Notary

An Application for Appointment for Notary State at Large must be completed and signed by the applicant.

Applications to become a notary should should be submitted through the Secretary of State's website,

Once approved, the applicant will be notified by mail that a "Certificate of Appointment" has been mailed to he Madison County Clerk's Office. The notice will indicate a thirty (30) day time period for the applicant to go to the Madison County Clerk's Office (Richmond) and complete the process. 

There is a $19.00 recording fee ($10.00 for recording the bond, $4.00 for taking/preparing the bond, and $5.00 for administering the oath).

A surety bond in the amount of $1,000.00 is required. 

An insurance company may sign as surety. Check with the insurance agency of your choice to request notary bond information. The bond must cover the entire period of the notary appointment.