Become a New Mexico Notary Public

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New Mexico Notary Commission Overview

The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of New Mexico is detailed below. Once you are ready to shop for supplies, simply visit our store. As a national provider of notary supplies, notary bonds, insurance, and training, Notary.net has pretty much everything you need to become a New Mexico notary public.



 

Importance of New Mexico Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of New Mexico, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. Whether you are a new or current notary public, for your sake, take the time to learn the laws. Protect yourself from any claim that could be made against you.


How to Become a Notary Public in New Mexico

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a New Mexico Notary Public

How to Become a Notary in New Mexico Step-by-Step Guide

Source: New Mexico Notary Public Handbook

1. Meet all the qualifications to become a notary public in New Mexico (see below).

2. Purchase your New Mexico notary stamp, notary journal, and bond. We highly recommend purchasing E&O insurance with your notary public bond.

3. Take the New Mexico notary public training course and pass the exam.

4. Complete the Application. Applications must be completed in black ink. The name you write on your commission will be identical to the name on your NM notary stamp.

5. Sign your oath in the presence of a notary public, and get the oath notarized.

6. Send your completed application, bond, power of attorney, and $30 fee to: Secretary of State, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503.

7. Within 45 days of your application being approved, provide proof of your stamp by sending the Stamp Registration Form. 

Duties of a New Mexico Notary Public (14-12A-7)

  1. "A Notary Public is empowered to perform the following notarial acts: 1. acknowledgments; 2. administer oaths and affirmations; 3. Jurats; 4. copy certifications; and 5. perform other duties as provided by law.
  2. The law requires that a Notary Public notify the Secretary of State in writing within ten days after a name or address change. Name changes require a fee of $3.00 and are to be submitted on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State.
  3. A Notary Public has no authority to practice law. He may not prepare, complete or give advice concerning documents unless he is an attorney.
  4. Although it is not required by law, it is recommended that the Notary Public keep a journal of his notarial acts containing at a minimum the date, type of document, and name(s) and signature(s) of the person(s) whose signature(s) were notarized by him.
  5. A notary public shall not use the term “notario publico” or any equivalent non-English term in any business card, advertisement, notice or sign."

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Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $10,000
Application Fee: $20
Eligibility: No felony convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English

Address:
Secretary of State
325 Don Gaspar - Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 827-3600

Qualifications to Become a Notary Public in New Mexico

Source: Become a Notary.

The applicant must:

  • Be at least eighteen years of age.
  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • Be a resident of or have a place of employment in the State of New Mexico.
  • Be able to read and write the English language.
  • Have completed the Notary Education course and exam; having passed the exam.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or crime involving fraud, dishonesty, or deceit in the last five years.
  • Not had a notary public commission denied, suspended, or revoked in another state.
  • Not be disqualified to receive commission under Section 22 of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts [14-14A-22 NMSA 1978] .
  • Not otherwise be qualified as a notarial officer; with the exception of a court clerk, deputy court clerk, county clerk, or deputy county clerk.