How to Become a Maine Notary
How to Become a Notary Public in Maine
- Complete the Online Maine Notary Training Course (not required)
- Download and read through the Maine Notary and Book and Resource Guide.
- In the presence of a Notary Public, the applicant shall attest that the information contained in the application is accurate and the answers were completed by the applicant. The applicant shall sign the application in the presence of the Notary Public. The Notary Public shall certify this attestation by signing the application; a seal may be used if desired.
- The applicant shall obtain the signatures and residences of the following persons in the appropriate places on the application form. Two separate individuals must sign the application:
A registered Maine voter recommending the application, and attesting to the applicant’s capability of performing the duties required of a Notary Public. The registered Maine voter may not act as the Notary Public on this application; and
A municipal clerk or registrar of voters of the applicant’s residence must indicate which office is held and affix the municipal seal The clerk or registrar of voters may act as the Notary Public on this application.
- Once the application has been processed by the Secretary of State, the certificate of office and the certificate of qualification will be mailed to the applicant. From the date of appointment, as listed on the certificate of qualification, the applicant has 30 calendar days to be sworn into office by a Dedimus Justice, and 45 days from the date of appointment to return the completed certificate of qualification to the Secretary of State. If the applicant has not been sworn into office by the 31st day, the Secretary of State will notify the applicant of the failure to qualify . If the completed certificate of qualification has not been received by the Secretary of State by the 45th day, the Secretary of State will notify the applicant of failure to qualify. From the date of that notification, the applicant has 90 calendar days to request a reappointment by the Secretary of State.
- From the date of reappointment, the applicant has 30 calendar days to be sworn into office by a Dedimus Justice. If the applicant does not request a reappointment within 90 days from the date of notification of failure to qualify, the applicant must begin the application process from the beginning.