Applicants for the office of notary public must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Rules and regulations regarding the appointing of notaries may vary by county
- Resident of Alabama (minimum of one day)
- Resident of the county in which you are commissioned
- Obtain the endorsement of 3 county citizens
- Meet other possible requirements by the Appointing Probate Judge
Term of Office
Notaries in the State of Alabama are appointed and commissioned by the Probate Judges of the various counties. The Probate Judge reports to the Secretary of State the name, county, date of issuance and date of expiration of the commission of each notary appointed and commissioned under applicable law.
For information on being appointed a notary public, please contact the Probate Judge for your county. Click Find Probate Judge to obtain contact information for him or her.
The Alabama Secretary of State's office does not have Notary application materials.
Recommended - not required
"Notary Public Education Course"
FREE when you purchase a Notary Supply Package at The Notary's Store
$25,000 (Obtained after receiving your commission)
Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink required by state law, embossing seal is optional
Required by state law
E & O insurance
Not required - Errors and Omissions Insurance is recommended for notary protection