Become a North Carolina Notary Public

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North Carolina Notary Commission Overview is here to help with any notary bonds, insurance, notary training, or notary supplies you need to become a North Carolina notary public. The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of North Carolina is detailed below. Once you are ready to shop for supplies, simply visit our store.



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How to Become a Notary Public in North Carolina

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a North Carolina Notary Public

To become a notary in North Carolina, complete the following:

1. Make sure you meet all of North Carolina's eligibility requirements (see the State Requirements tab below).

2. Register for the state-required Notary Public Course, available at any North Carolina Community College, North Carolina State University, Gaston College, Greensboro College, and Guilford College.

3. Get your North Carolina Notary Public Guidebook.

4. Attend the Notary Public Course.

5. Take and pass the North Carolina Notary Public exam.

6. Complete the North Carolina Notary Public application. Once you've filled out the application, you must get it notarized.

7. Submit your application, your resume, the $50 application fee and a business card (optional) to the Secretary of State. You must submit the application within three months of taking the course.

8. Receive your Notary Oath Notification Letter from the Secretary of State by email.

9. Take your oath of office and pick up your commission at your county's Register of Deeds within 45 days of receiving the Notary Oath Notification Letter. Pay the $10 fee.

10. Buy your North Carolina notary public seal/stamp.

Congratulations! You are now a North Carolina notary public!


Commission Term: 5 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $50

North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 29626
Raleigh, NC 27626-0626

Phone: (919) 814-5400