As a notary public in the State of North Dakota, you have UNLIMITED financial liability on EVERY document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The North Dakota 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. It's less expensive than an attorney consult!

Interactive North Dakota Notary Course Features:

Video Instruction

We use the power of the internet to bring an instructor right into your computer. The instructor will teach and reinforce the materials to help you retain and connect with it. We even provide you detailed instructions on how to obtain your commission! The video can be accessed at any time, from any computer, tablet or phone with internet access. Plus, you can re-watch the videos as many times as you like.

Immediate Access - No Delays!

Because we value your time, upon receipt of your payment, you will IMMEDIATELY be granted with access to your notary course. You can start your North Dakota notary training in just a few minutes!

Instant Access

Social Interaction

Your course includes a social forum to ask questions and receive responses from your instructor and other students in a classroom-style discussion.

Instant Access to Your Proof of Completion Certificate

After completing the course, you will have access to a Proof of Completion Certificate. Display it proudly to show you take your notary commission seriously and that you are well-trained in the laws and procedures of North Dakota notaries public.

How to Become a Notary Public in North Dakota
Step by Step Instructions

  1. Complete the Online North Dakota Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. To process a notary commission the following needs to be completed and submitted to the Secretary of State:A Notary Application (SFN 11001) in the notary's legal name in which you will be notarizing documents. The application will require the applicant to sign an affidavit of qualification and take an oath of office in front of a commissioned notary public.

    A Notary Bond (SFN 19355) in the penal sum of $7,500.00 (seven thousand five hundred dollars) conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of the office.

    The $36.00 filing fee must be made payable to the Secretary of State. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are also accepted.

    If the applicant resides in a county that borders North Dakota and which is in a state that extends reciprocity to a notary public who resides in a border county of North Dakota. An Appointment of Agent (SFN 19369) is required.

When all of the above requirements are complete and correct, the applicant will be issued a certificate of authorization which allows them to obtain a seal/stamp from the vendor of their choice.

After the applicant obtains their seal/stamp, an impression of the seal/stamp must be affixed to the certificate of authorization and returned to the Secretary of State’s office. After the certificate is received, approved, and filed, the Secretary of State will issue an official notary commission.

Under no circumstances may an applicant commence with the duties of the notary public until such time their official commission has been issued by the Secretary of State.



Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Have the qualifications of an elector as to age and residence. Reside in a county that borders North Dakota and which is in a state that extends reciprocity.
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $7,500
Application Fee: $36
Eligibility: Conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction of an offense related to the honesty, integrity, or trustworthiness of the notary which the secretary of state determines would render the notary or notary applicant unfit to serve the public as a notary.
Other: Be able to read and write English

Secretary of State, State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108
Bismark, ND 58505-0500

Phone: (701) 328-2901