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Become a Florida Notary Public
Become a florida notary public
To get an application form to be a Florida notary public you must contact
a bonding company that is approved to submit applications electronically
to the department of state notary commissions and certifications section.
Many of these bonding companies can help you submit your application materials
and fees, get a notary seal, and get bonded, all with one payment which is very
convenient for prospective notaries. Please visit the Florida department of
state website to download a list of bonding companies. The term of office for
a Florida notary public is four years.
A notary applicant must provide proof that they attended three hours worth of
notary education that could be either interactive or classroom based that cover
the duties of notary public and electronic notarizations. Courses that satisfy
this section may be offered by any public or private sector person or entity
registered with and must include a core curriculum approved by the Executive
Office of the Governor. In addition, becomeanotary.us sell Florida notary law
primers which are an excellent notary reference to keep for the duration of your
To become a Florida notary public you must be at least eighteen years of age
and a legal resident of the state of Florida.
More Information of Interest
Most of these companies provide "one-stop-shopping" – they furnish
an application, pay the state fees, write your notary bond, and supply your
notary seal. You make one payment to the company. You will probably want to
check with several companies to compare services and prices. The state fees
of $39 are fixed by law, but the bond premium and the notary seal are
competitively priced. Please note that the State does not give out
applications or provide notary seals.
Your completed application is submitted electronically and in paper format
to the Department of State, and if approved without further review by the
Governor's Office, your commission should be issued within just a few days.
The notary commission certificate is printed by the Department of State
and mailed to your bonding agency. Typically, the company will forward it
to you, and your notary seal will follow within a few days. The entire
process should be completed within 2-3 weeks, unless your application
requires special handling.
When you submit your application for appointment as a notary public to
a bonding agency, we suggest that you keep a copy of your application and
the name and phone number of the bonding agency. With this information,
you can easily check the status of your pending application, if necessary.
Attached is a list of bonding agencies
who electronically transmit notary applications to the Department of State.
Effective July 1, 2000, all first time notary applicants are required
to complete a three hour notary education course by an approved provider.
For a list of approved providers please go to Notary Education.
Become a Florida Notary Public
Florida Notary Acknowledgment, Jurat Information
Florida Notary Public General Information
Florida Notary Bond and Seal Information
Florida Notary Commission, Application and Manual ( Handbook ) Information
Florida Notary Fees and FAQ Information