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How to Become a Virginia Notary

As a notary public in the State of Virginia, you have UNLIMITED financial liability on EVERY document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia notaries public.

How to Become a Notary Public in Virginia

  1. Order the Virginia Online Notary Seminar
  2. Obtain an application by calling (804) 786-2441.
  3. Get a handbook from Secretary of Commonwealth or from the website
  4. Submit application with $45.00 check (payable to Treasurer of VA) to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. You will be notified within 2 - 4 weeks of your appointment
  5. When you are notified of your appointment, you have 60 days to present yourself to to Court Clerk to take your oath and pick up your commission certificate. The clerk will require an additional fee of $10 (payable to the court).
  6. Order your stamp and seal. Also get a journal if you have not already purchased one.
Renewals will follow the same process. If you change your name, continue to use your old seal until commission expires. Sign with your new name and add "Commissioned as (prior name). Report your change of name to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. If you change your address, notify the Secretary of Commonwealth in WRITING of the change of your home address (if you are a resident). If you change your employer, non-residents must notify the Secretary of the Commonwealth in WRITING of employer and employer's address. Congratulations! You are on your way to being a well-trained professional notary who will serve Virginia with distinction.


Virginia Notary Requirements

Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: VA Resident or Employee, legal U.S. resident
Stamp/Seal: Stamp or Embosser
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $45
Eligibility: No felony convictions unless rights restored,
Other: Read and write English

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
PO Box 1795
Richmond, VA 23218-1795

Phone: (804) 692-2536

Important Virginia Notary Links

Virginia State Website
Virginia Notary Application
Virginia Apostilles
Virginia Notary Name Change
Virginia Notary Address Change
Virginia Notary Database
Virginia Notary Handbook

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