Become a Missouri Notary Public

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Missouri Notary Commission Overview

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Importance of Notary Public Training in Missouri

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


How to Become a Notary Public in Missouri

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a Missouri Notary Public

1. Meet the requirements to become a Missouri Notary Public (see below).

2. Read the Missouri Notary Public Handbook.

3. Take our online Missouri notary training course or the state-administered online notary training course or written training course.

4. Take and pass the Missouri notary exam.

5. Complete the Missouri Notary Public Application form online or by mail.

6 Purchase a Missouri notary bond.

7. Once you have been notified by the county clerk, you must file your bond and take your notary public oath of office within 60 days. For more information, click here

8. Within 7 days of the date of the oath, you must mail your bond, oath of office, and signature to the MO Secretary of State.

9. Buy your Missouri notary public seal and notary journal.

Congratulations! You are now a Missouri notary public!

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Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Required
Bond: $10,000
Application Fee: $25
Eligibility: Registered to vote or resident alien.
Other: Be able to read and write English

Address:
Commissions
PO Box 784
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: (866) 223-6535, OPT 2

According to the Missouri Secretary of State,

To qualify for a notary commission as a Missouri resident, an applicant must meet certain legal qualifications:

  1. Be at least eighteen years of age;
  2. Reside or have a regular place of work or business in the state of Missouri;
  3. Reside legally in the United States
  4. Be able to read and write the English language; and
  5. Not have had his commission revoked during the past five years
  6. Not been found guilty, or entered a pleas of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution under the laws of any state or of the United States, of any felony or any offense involving dishonesty or moral turpitude during the past five years

A non-resident of Missouri may apply for a commission as a notary public. A non-resident must also meet certain legal requirements in order to qualify:

  1. Be at least eighteen years of age;
  2. Work in Missouri and will use the notary seal in the course of his employment in Missouri;
  3. Have a work address in the county within and for which applying to be commissioned;
  4. Be able to read and write the English language;
  5. Not have had a commission revoked in any state during the past five years
  6. Not been found guilty, or entered a pleas of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution under the laws of any state or of the United States, of any felony or any offense involving dishonesty or moral turpitude during the past five years; and
  7. Authorizes the Secretary of State as the agent and representative of such person to accept service of any process or service of any notice or demand required or permitted by law to be served upon such person.

 

Any person is eligible to apply for a commission as a notary public if they are a permanent resident alien under Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. If the applicant qualifies under Section 245, they must send a copy of their “green card” with a completed application to our office.

If the notary is presently commissioned as a non-resident notary public and they move into Missouri, the notary may immediately be appointed and commissioned as a notary upon becoming a resident. The notary will need to return their nonresident notary certificate with a request to cancel that commission, along with a completed reapplication as a resident and the $25 fee for issuing another commission.