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How to Become a Washington Notary

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

How to Become a Notary Public in Washington

  1. Complete the Online Washington Notary Training Course (not required to become a notary)
  2. To qualify for appointment as a Notary Public, you must:
    1. Be at least 18 years of age
    2. Be able to read and write English
    3. Reside in Washington State
      1. If you are a resident of Idaho or Oregon, you may become a Washington State Notary Public as long as you are regularly employed in Washington State or carry on business in Washington State.
  3. To apply for an appointment as a Notary Public, you must:
    1. Complete the application
      1. If you are a first-time applicant or if you are renewing your appointment after your expiration date, complete the application form in full.
      2. If you are renewing your appointment before your expiration date, complete only sections A and B of the application.
      3. Notary Appointment Name: In section A of the application, you must indicate a Notary Appointment Name. This is the name you will use for notarizations, and is the name that will appear on your notary seal and certificate. You cannot use only your last name and a single initial (such as J. Smith), or only a single name (such as Smitty).
      4. Full legal name: In section A of the application, you must indicate your full legal name (First, Middle, Last) no initials. Examples of documents containing your full legal name are a passport or a state issued driver license or identification card. 2. Obtain a $10,000 surety bond
  4. You must obtain a $10,000 surety bond for your 4-year term from any insurance company qualified to write surety bonds in this state.
    1. The bond must be specifically for your Notary Public appointment. No other insurance you and/or your company may have will suffice.
    2. Please do not the state your Errors and Omissions policy if you have one.
  5. Submit the application Your application must contain:
    1. your completed application form
    2. a copy (keep the original for your records) of your $10,000 surety bond
    3. a $30 application fee (check or money order made out to Department of Licensing). This fee is non-refundable.
    4. Submit it to: Notary Public Program Department of Licensing PO Box 35001 Seattle, WA 98124-3401
  6. Obtain your Notary seal or stamp after you receive your Notary Public Certificate from the state.
    1. You can order your Washington Notary Supplies here: Washington Notary Supplies
    2. Present us with a photocopy of your Notary Public Certificate so we can make your stamp or seal.


Washington Notary Requirements

Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or ID/OR resident, WA employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $10,000
Application Fee: $30
Eligibility: No felony convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English

Notary Public Program Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

Phone: (360) 664-1550

Important Washington Notary Links

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

Have a group of people that need training? We currently offer live training for your business or organization. To schedule a private notary seminar, please contact us at (888) 263-1977.

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