How to Become a West Virginia Notary


How to Become a Notary Public in West Virginia

  1. Complete the Online West Virginia Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. Read the West Virginia Code which governs notary practice. On the application you will be signing an oath that you have read and understand the requirements and will follow the law.
  3. Fill out the form on-screen if you wish, then print it and complete the remaining sections. You must obtain the signatures of three witnesses to your character and sign your oath before another notary or officer authorized to administer oaths.   If you are renewing and wish to keep the same month and day of expiration, please be sure to include that on the application form.
  4. If you are applying as a government notary for the official duties of a state or local governmental entity, your supervisor must provide a letter requesting your appointment.  The fee is waived for government notaries.
  5. Make your check for $52 payable to "Secretary of State."For other options for paying the fee, such as by credit card, click the icon to the right. The fee is waived for government notaries
  6. Mail your application and payment to:
    Notary Assistant, Secretary of State Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East Charleston, WV  25305-0770
  7. Wait to receive your commission letter and notary stamp card. Your commission letter will provide the exact information you need on your seal, including your new commission expiration date. Do not start notarizing until you receive the official commission certificate.
  8. Order your rubber stamp seal. www.notary.net  Provide the exact information given in your commission letter to the company making your seal.
  9. Imprint stamp on card and return to Secretary of State. The card is preprinted with our address.  Be sure to add a stamp!
  10. Receive your commission certificate, valid for ten years, and your notary handbook. When you receive this certificate, you may begin notarizing documents, but learn what to do before you begin.
  11. Review the notary handbook and keep it handy where you provide your notary services. Remember, improper notarization means financial liability for the notary.  Every notarization must include the proper acknowledgement form.  Learn what to do before you begin.

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    2018 ID Checking Guide, U.S. & Canada Edition

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    Driver's license and I.D. checking guide. A notary public should own a copy of the I.D. Checking Guide to use when verifying in- and out-of-state identification.
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    MOJO: Modern Journal of Notarial Events

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    Keeping a notary journal is required by law in 16 states and strongly recommended in the rest.

    A journal is an important chronicle of your notarial actions and can help protect you in the event of future legal proceedings. The Modern Journal meets all state requirements and contains room for nearly 500 entries, with multiple notarizations per entry. Other features include:

    - 128 numbered heavy-weight pages
    - tamper-proof binding and sewn construction
    - time-saving checkboxes
    - complete instructions

    Every attempt has been made to strike the perfect balance between quality and economy - we hope you'll agree.

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    Classic Journal of Notarial Events

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    West Virginia Notary Online Course

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    • State-Specific Notary Laws and Information
    • 2.5 Hours+ of Streaming On-Demand Video Instruction
    • 12 Months of Unlimited Access
    • Immediate access to Proof of Completion Certificate (PDF)
    • Course forums to receive updates, ask questions and interact with other students
    *This is a single-user, limited license. For multiple students please contact us.
    $99.95 $49.95
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    West Virginia Notary Jurat Stamp

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    West Virginia Notary Stamp

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    Choose your desired West Virginia notary stamp type below. Start by choosing the stamp type, then stamp color, then ink color. Not all notary stamps offer all options.

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    West Virginia Notary Embosser

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    Choose your desired West Virginia notary embosser type and color below. Start by choosing the embosser type, then embosser color. Not all notary embossers offer all color options.
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    West Virginia Notary Acknowledgment Stamp

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    West Virginia Notary Bond ($1,000)

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    Embosser Impression Inker

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West Virginia Notary Requirements


Commission Term: 5 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $1,000
Application Fee: $52
Eligibility: No felony convictions.
No notary commission revoked in last 10 years.
Endorsed by 3 qualified electors
Other: Be able to read and write English, High School diploma


Address:
1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Bldg 1, Suite 157-K
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: (304) 558-8000
Email: notary@wvsos.com

Important West Virginia Notary Links

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



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