How to Become a District of Columbia Notary
As a notary public in the District of Columbia, you have UNLIMITED financial liability on EVERY document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The District of Columbia Online Notary Course is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way for you to learn what to do and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public, you should spend some time learning the laws. It’s less expensive than an attorney consult!
Interactive District of Columbia Notary Course Features:
How to Become a Notary Public in District of Columbia
- Complete the Online Washington D.C. Notary Training Course (not required)
- Complete the District of Columbia's Notary Public Application.
- Applications may be picked up at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 810 South or downloaded Notary Public Application [PDF].
- Applications must be signed and dated within 30 days of the date of submission.
- A letter stating the need for notary services must be prepared by the applicant's employer and submitted with the application. If self-employed, submit the request on company letterhead. The letter submitted must address the need for service provision and how it will positively impact the District of Columbia.
- Submit the application to the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications.
- Mail or deliver the completed application, fee and related materials to the following address:Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications 441 4th Street, NW Suite 810 South Washington, DC 20001
- No cash is accepted for notary applications.
- A representative from the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications will contact new applicants to schedule the mandatory orientation within three weeks of the submission of an application. The communication should arrive via email unless you do not have an email address. Otherwise, you will be contacted by telephone.
- Once mandatory orientation is completed, the office will send candidates a notice letter that contains their commission date and other pertinent information, as well as a bond form, if indicated. The notice and bond form should arrive within a two week period subsequent to attendance at the mandatory orientation.
- Notary candidates will obtain their notarial supplies and secure a surety bond for a minimum of $2000. The bond form must be completed by the bond company. Once secured, the notary candidate will bring these items with them to take their oath of commission in the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications, 441 4th street NW, Suite 810 South.
- Notary Public Handbook [PDF]
- Embossed Inker Notice of Enforcement [PDF]
- View Notary Public Code and Municipal Regulations