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Becoming a Notary Public has never been easier. All of your State's Contact Information is listed for your reference and review. Scroll down and you will find your State's Qualifications and easy to follow Application Procedures.

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Contact Information:

State Contact: Office of the Secretary of State
Appointing Authority: Governor

Secretary of State:
Notary Department
Secretary of State
200 Washington Street, Room 201
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Telephone: 317-232-6531
Fax: 317-233-3283
E-Mail: notary@sos.IN.gov
Website: http://www.in.gov/sos/business/2378.htm

Qualifications

Applicants for the office of notary public must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a legal resident of Indiana (Ind. Code 33-16-2-1 (a))
  • No person holding a lucrative office or appointment under the United States or the State of Indiana can be a notary public; civil, school city and town officials of the State of Indiana may serve as notaries public. These officials are prohibited however, from notarizing any document in connection with the official business of such office. (Ind. Code 33-16-2-7 Supp. 2001)
  • No person convicted of a crime receiving a sentence exceeding six months imprisonment may be a notary public. (Ind. Code 5-8-3-1)

Term of Office
8 years. A notary public has statewide jurisdiction but may not be compelled to act outside the limits of the county in which he/she resides. (Ind. Code 33-16-1-1)

Appointment
Governor

Notary Education
Recommended - not required

Notary Exam
Not required

Study Course
"Notary Public Education Course"
FREE when you purchase a Notary Supply Package at The Notary's Store

Bond
$5,000 (Ordered before filing your application)

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink required by state law

Notary Journal
Recommended by the Notary Learning Center

E & O insurance
Not required - Errors and Omissions Insurance is recommended for notary protection


Application Procedures

New and Renewing Notary Packages
New and Renewing Notary Packages
Renewing Notary Packages do not come with a notary journal

Our New and Renewal Notary Packages DO NOT include your required $5,000 Indiana Bond with an included voucher redeemable for a $5,000 E&O policy. The State of Indiana requires purchasing your notary bond, which you will need to send along with your notary application.

Step 1: Order your required $5000 Indiana Notary Bond with an included voucher redeemable for a $5,000 E&O policy separately.

Please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Indiana section (But the $5,000 Surety Bond Is not included in the Supply Packages.) Included with your bond and application/oath form is a redeemable voucher for a notary errors and omissions insurance policy. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Indiana Notary Seal/Stamp and recommended Indiana Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price, but you will need to order your required $5,000 Indiana Notary Bond separately. Indiana law does not require a notary to keep a record of his/her official acts, but it is recommended to do so. A log book or journal will offer an excellent way of recalling past notarial acts. If a notary is called upon to testify in court, a log book or journal may help establish what actually took place. The Indiana Notary Journal was specifically designed for this purpose, and contains many elements not available in other notary journals. To order, enter all required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the onscreen instructions through checkout and your supplies will be sent to you as soon as your order is processed, and will be shipped in usually no more than 1 business day. Once you have your official bond be sure to make a copy of the actual bond for your records and you may proceed with step 2.

Step 2: Visit Indiana's Online Notary Application System

Online Application Instructions

It is suggested that a notary use one of the following when choosing their official name:

  • Both his/her first and middle names
  • First name with middle initial
  • Initial and middle name along with his/her surname

Step 2: Receive your Indiana Notary Commission information and order the remainder of your supplies from The Notary's Store

Once you have all of your paperwork completed and have received your supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Indiana.


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