How to Become a Maryland Notary


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 $9 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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    2018 ID Checking Guide, U.S. & Canada Edition

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    2018 ID Checking Guide, U.S. & Canada Edition

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    Driver's license and I.D. checking guide. A notary public should own a copy of the I.D. Checking Guide to use when verifying in- and out-of-state identification.
    $32.95 $16.95
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    Gold Foil Stickers

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    Gold Foil Stickers

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    Maryland Notary Errors and Omissions Insurance

    Maryland Notary Errors and Omissions Insurance

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    Please select your desired term and coverage amount.  For Maryland notary applicants or new Maryland notaries, we recommend selecting the full 4-year term for coverage as long as you hold the current notary commission.

    $20.00$420.00
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    Notary Records Journal

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    Notary Records Journal

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    $14.95$17.95
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    MOJO: Modern Journal of Notarial Events

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    Modern Notary Journal (Soft Cover)

    MOJO: Modern Journal of Notarial Events

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    Keeping a notary journal is required by law in 16 states and strongly recommended in the rest.

    A journal is an important chronicle of your notarial actions and can help protect you in the event of future legal proceedings. The Modern Journal meets all state requirements and contains room for nearly 500 entries, with multiple notarizations per entry. Other features include:

    - 128 numbered heavy-weight pages
    - tamper-proof binding and sewn construction
    - time-saving checkboxes
    - complete instructions

    Every attempt has been made to strike the perfect balance between quality and economy - we hope you'll agree.

    $15.95$18.95
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    Classic Journal of Notarial Events

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    Classic Notary Journal (Soft Cover)

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    $16.00$19.00
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    Inkless Thumbprint Pad

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    Loan Signing Agent Certification Course

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    $179.00 $45.00
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    Maryland Notary Online Course

    Maryland Notary Course
    Maryland Notary Course

    Maryland Notary Online Course

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    • State-Specific Notary Laws and Information
    • 2.5 Hours+ of Streaming On-Demand Video Instruction
    • 12 Months of Unlimited Access
    • Immediate access to Proof of Completion Certificate (PDF)
    • Course forums to receive updates, ask questions and interact with other students
    *This is a single-user, limited license. For multiple students please contact us.
    $99.95 $49.95
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    Maryland Notary Stamp

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    Choose your desired Maryland notary stamp type below. Start by choosing the stamp type, then stamp color, then ink color. Not all notary stamps offer all options.

    $17.00$28.95
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    Maryland Notary Embosser

    Maryland Notary Embosser

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    Choose your desired Maryland notary embosser type and color below. Start by choosing the embosser type, then embosser color. Not all notary embossers offer all color options.
    $24.95$32.00
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    Maryland Notary Acknowledgment Stamp

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    Maryland Notary Jurat Stamp

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    Maryland Notary Jurat Stamp

    Maryland Notary Jurat Stamp

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    Embosser Impression Inker

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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: $9
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: dlnotary_sos@maryland.gov

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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