Washington Notary Fees, Application, and Commission Information
Washington Notary Fees
Oaths & Affirmations
$10.00 plus $10,00 for being present upon demand, tender or deposit.
Certifying an Affidavit
Witnessing a Signature
Become a Washington Notary PublicRequirements
You must be at least eighteen years old and either reside, be employed within, or conduct a business
within the state of Washington. The term of office is four years. You must be able to read and write
English. You must obtain and submit a $10,000 surety bond from an insurance or bonding company.
Please fill out a Washington Notary Application and submit it with a $30 fee and your bond to:
Notaries Public Unit
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9048
Olympia, WA 98507-9048
You are required to get a stamp and/or seal once appointed ( commissioned ). You can get a stamp or
seal from a stationary store, or look up a manufacturer on the internet or in the yellow pages.
Liberty stamp is a very good stamp manufacturer in Oregon which makes stamps for many different states
including Washington and Oregon notaries. It is optional, but recommended to keep a notary journal and
keep a record of all notary acts in sequential order in a bound register or journal. It would be seen
as a conflict of interest to notarize for a close family member. You can not notarize your own
signature either. You must use your seal or stamp on all certificate sections of every document that
you notarize. If you leave a current job where your employer paid for your commission, the commission
still belongs to you and you are the exclusive custodian of your stamp or seal and journal. However,
the employer may decide to cancel your notary bond which would require you to contact the Washington
notary public unit to see what to do.
WA - Other Information of Interest
Washington has an interesting law about using middle initials
in a notary seal. The law requires at a minimum, your first initial,
middle initial, and complete last name. Below is the official state verbiage:
The law requires your seal/stamp to include your last name, and at
least the initials of your first and middle names. You must sign your documents
the same as your seal/stamp and certificates.
For more information, see RCW 42.44.050.
Another interesting fact is that a Washington notary
may notarize their spouse's signature.
Here is a brief question and answer on the subject.
Can I notarize my relative's or spouse's signature?
Yes, a notary is only disqualified from notarizing their own signature.
However, notarizing a relative's or spouse's signature
may be seen as a conflict of interest.