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Maryland Notary Information


As a notary public in the State of Maryland, you have UNLIMITED financial liability on EVERY document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Maryland 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 Maryland Notary Course Features:

Video Instruction

We use the power of the internet to bring an instructor right into your computer. The instructor will teach and reinforce the materials to help you retain and connect with it. We even provide you detailed instructions on how to obtain your commission! The video can be accessed at any time, from any computer, tablet or phone with internet access. Plus, you can re-watch the videos as many times as you like.

Immediate Access – No Delays!

Because we value your time, upon receipt of your payment, you will IMMEDIATELY be granted with access to your notary course. You can start your Maryland notary training in just a few minutes!

Instant Access

Social Interaction

Your course includes a social forum to ask questions and receive responses from your instructor and other students in a classroom-style discussion.

Instant Access to Your Proof of Completion Certificate

After completing the course, you will have access to a Proof of Completion Certificate. Display it proudly to show you take your notary commission seriously and that you are well-trained in the laws and procedures of Maryland notaries public.

How to Become a Notary Public in Maryland

  1. Take the Maryland Online Notary Course (not required)
  2. An application is submitted to the Secretary of State with a non-refundable $20.00 processing fee. It then goes to the State Senator of the applicant's senatorial district. If the Senator approves the application, it is returned to the Secretary of State, and appointment will be made upon approval of the Governor.Applications submitted to the Secretary of State by out-of-state persons are transmitted to a State Senator chosen by the applicant. Usually, the Senator chosen is the one where the applicant works or the one whose jurisdiction is closest to the applicant's residence.
  3. After appointment by the Governor (4-6 weeks), a commission (the written statement of the appointment) is prepared. The commission is sealed with the Great Seal of the State and is signed by the Governor and Secretary of State. The applicant is then notified to appear before the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County, or Baltimore City, in which the applicant resides.Out-of-state applicants appear before the Clerk of the Circuit of the County, or Baltimore City, in which the endorsing Senator has jurisdiction.
  4. The appointee must pay a fee of $10.00 for the commission and $1.00 registration fee to the Clerk and take the oath of office. The appointee then receives the commission and is qualified to act as a notary public.

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Maryland Notary Requirements


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Required
Application Fee: $20
Other: Background Check


Address:
Office of Secretary of State
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-974-5520 or 888-874-0013 ext. 3861 (toll free in Maryland)
Email: Notary@sos.state.md.us

Important Maryland Notary Links

Maryland State Website
Maryland Notary Application
Maryland Apostilles
Maryland Notary Name Change
Maryland Notary Address Change
Maryland Notary Database
Maryland Notary Handbook



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