Become a North Carolina notary publicRequirements
You must be at least eighteen years old or legally emancipated as defined in Article 35 of Chapter
7B of the General Statutes. You must reside or have a regular place of work or business in
North Carolina. You must reside legally in the United States and be able to speak, read, and write
English. You must have a high school diploma or equivalent. You must pass the course mandated by
the North Carolina Secretary of State, unless you are an attorney. You are required to keep a copy
of the most current version of the state notary manual. You need to submit a North Carolina notary
application and also have the recommendation of one publicly elected official in North Carolina.
The applicant must not have any felony convictions or plea of admission or nolo contentre to a
felony, or any crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude. A commission can not be issued to an
applicant within ten years after release from prison, probation, or probation, whichever is the latter.
There is a $50 filing fee. The term or office is five years. You must have an inked North Carolina
The Notary Public Section
North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 29626
Raleigh, North Carolina 27626-0626