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West Virginia Notary Information

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!

Interactive West 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 West 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 West Virginia notaries public.

How to Become a Notary Public in West Virginia

  1. Complete the Online West Virginia Notary Training Course (no 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.  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.


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

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

Phone: (304) 558-8000

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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