Become a Pennsylvania Notary Public

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Pennsylvania Notary Commission Overview

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How to Become a Notary Public in Pennsylvania

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a Pennsylvania Notary Public

To become a notary public in Pennsylvania, you must complete the following:

1. Complete the mandatory 3-hour Pennsylvania Notary Online Course

2. Complete the Online Notary Commission Application form. You will need to attach your training certificate (received immediately after you complete our course) and pay the $42 application fee.

3. In ~3 weeks, you will receive an email from either the PA DOS (Department of State) or Pearson VUE with details on the $65 state exam.

4. Take and pass the state exam. Follow the state exam instructions carefully. If you pass the state exam, your score will be sent to the state. All applicants for a commission as a notary public who do not hold a current and unexpired commission are required to take the state exam.

5. Receive an email with your Notice of Appointee letter and blank bond letter. 

6. Purchase a Pennsylvania Notary Bond.

7. Within 45 days of your appointment, you must go to your county recorder and present evidence of your identity. Here you will file your bond and take your oath of office.

8. Register your signature with the prothonotary of the county in which your notary business is located. Sign your name exactly as it appears on your commission. 

9. You will receive your commission certificate and wallet card from the county recorder. 

10. Buy your Pennsylvania notary seal and notary journal. 

Congratulations! You are now a Pennsylvania 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: $42
Eligibility: No felony convictions.
Never had a notary commission revoked
Other: Complete a certified training course.
Complete an exam: $65

Address:
Department of State Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
210 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0029

Phone: (717) 787-5280
Email: ST-NOTARIES@pa.gov

PA Notary Public Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in this Commonwealth
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Not be disqualified to receive a commission because of character, criminal convictions or prior sanctions
  • Education – All applicants for both initial appointment and reappointment as a notary public must complete at least three hours of approved notary education within the six months immediately preceding the application for appointment or reappointment
  • Examination – All applicants for a commission as a notary public who do not hold a current and unexpired commission in this Commonwealth must pass an examination administered by the Department’s examination vendor Pearson VUE