How to Become a Notary Public in Oregon

Oregon Notary Online Course

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

How to Become a Notary Public in Oregon

Source: Oregon Notary Public Guide.

1. Complete a training course. (If you are a reapplying notary with a current commission, you may omit this step.)

  1. Oregon offers free live notary public education webinars.
  2.  Alternatively, you can take our State-Approved Oregon Online Notary Course.

2. Meet the qualifications to be a Notary Public for the State of Oregon (see below).

3. Submit your application.

    1. The quickest way to submit your application is online. There is also a paper application and test that can be completed, printed, and mailed in.
    2. Enter the required information and submit your application.

4. Pass the required online exam.

  1. The exam is a yes/no, true/false and multiple-choice question test. It is based on the information received through the training course and from the Oregon Notary Public Guide.
  2. Please be sure to read the material in the guide carefully before you proceed with the exam. You may want to have a copy of the guide available while taking the exam. Please open the notary guide in a different browser when taking the exam to avoid browser issues.

5. Oath of Office.

  1. Once the background check and revocation search is complete, you will receive an email which will contain a PDF attachment of the Notary Public Application and Oath of Office. Print out the PDF. (If you do not pass the background check or revocation search, you will receive a different email notification.)
  2. Do not fill or change the application section of the form.
  3. The Oath of Office must be signed in front of a notary and submitted to our office with the $40.00 processing fee. The Application and Oath need to be returned within 30 days of being issued or you will need to re-apply and submit the application fee again.

6. Receive your certificates.

  1. After the Oath has been processed, you will receive an email from us which includes PDF copies of your Commission Certificate and the Certificate of Authorization.
  2. If you choose, you can print out your Commission Certificate and frame it.
  3. Send the Certificate of Authorization to so we can create your stamp!

This certificate will contain the details of your commission, including your commission name, number and expiration date. The same certificate is used for electronic notarization technology.

7. Once you have your stamp and have purchased your notary journal you are ready to notarize. Congratulations!


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Required
Application Fee: $40
Eligibility: Never had a notary public commission revoked during the 10-year period preceding the application date.
Other: Be able to read and write English, background check and revocation search

255 Capitol St. NE
Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Phone: (503) 986-2200

To become a notary public in Oregon you must meet certain qualifications:

    1. Be 18 years of age or older.
    2. Be a resident of Oregon or have a place of employment or practice in this state.
    3. Be able to read and write English.
    4. Not have had a notary public commission revoked during the 10 year period preceding the date of application.
    5. Complete a notary training course within the last 6 months. (Not required of current Oregon notaries with an active commission at the time the new application is received in our office).
    6. Not have been convicted of a felony or of any crime involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit during the 10-year period preceding the date of application. (A background check is conducted on all applications for a notary public commission.)
    7. Not have been convicted of acting as or otherwise impersonating a notary public, obstructing governmental or judicial administration or engaging in the unlawful practice of law.
    8. Not have been found by a court to have practiced law without a license or engaged in an unlawful trade practice.
    9. Pass the Secretary of State’s Notary Public examination.