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Kentucky Notary Information

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

How to Become a Notary Public in Kentucky

  1. Complete the Online Kentucky Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. To obtain an application go the web site and click on notary public state at large application and download the form.
  3. Fill out the application.
  4. Application must be signed by a circuit judge, circuit clerk, county judge/executive, county clerk, justice of the peace (magistrate) or member of the General Assembly of the county of residence of the applicant, if a Kentucky resident. Nonresidents may choose the county of application.
  5. After the application has been filed with and approved by the Secretary of State, you will receive a Notice of Appointment.
  6. Attached to the Notice of Appointment will be a printed Oath of Office. You must take the Oath of Office within thirty (30) days after you receive your Notice of Appointment. After the oath has been administered, the written Oath of Office must be returned to the Secretary of State within thirty (30) days from the date of your Notice of Appointment letter. Upon receipt by the Secretary of State of the Oath of Office, the Governor, through the Secretary of State, will issue to the applicant the Commission to Office.
  7. After the application has been processed by the Secretary of State, your Certificate of Appointment will be sent to the county clerk in the county of application. For a Kentucky resident, the county of application is the county where the applicant resides or is principally employed as designated in line 3.
  8. For an applicant who is not a resident of Kentucky, but is employed in Kentucky, the county of application is the county in which the non-resident is principally employed. At the same time the Secretary of State sends the Certificate of Appointment to the county clerk, a written notice will be sent to the applicant stating the Certificate of Appointment is in the county clerk’s office.
  9. Within thirty (30) days of receiving your notice, you must go to the county clerk’s office and(1) Post Bond;(2) Take the Oath of Office; and(3) File and record your commission in the office of the county clerk.
  10. For specific information regarding these requirements, you should make direct contact with your county clerk.


Kentucky Notary Requirements

Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Not Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: Varies county by county
Application Fee: $10
Eligibility: No major convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English

Notary Commissions
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821

Phone: (502) 564-3490

Important Kentucky Notary Links

Kentucky State Website
Kentucky Notary Application
Kentucky Notary Database
Kentucky Notary Handbook