Become a West Virginia Notary Public

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West Virginia Notary Commission Overview

The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of West Virginia is detailed below. Once you are ready to shop for supplies, simply visit our store. As a national provider of notary supplies, notary bonds, insurance, and training, has pretty much everything you need to become a West Virginia notary public.


Importance of West Virginia Notary Training

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

How to Become a Notary Public in West Virginia

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a West Virginia Notary Public

1. Read the "Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts" West Virginia Code.

2. Complete the Online Notary Commission Application to apply for a new notary commission or to renew your commission. Pay the $52 fee.

3. Once your application is approved, you will receive your commission letter with an image of your notary seal. 

4. Order your West Virginia notary stamp and send a copy of your commission letter, with the seal image, to

5. Receive your WV commission certificate and your notary handbook. View the handbook online here: West Virginia Notary Handbook

Congratulations! You are now a notary public in West Virginia!


Commission Term: 5 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: Not required
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

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

Phone: (304) 558-8000

The eligibility requirements for appointment as a notary public in West Virginia require a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;

  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;

  • Be a resident of West Virginia, or a resident of another state who works at an office address within West Virginia;

  • Be able to read and write English;

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent;

  • Not be disqualified to receive a commission pursuant to West Virginia Code §39-4-21