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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

Contact:
Office of the Secretary of State
Notary Branch
PO Box 821
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 86
Frankfort, KY 40601

Telephone: 502-564-3490
Fax: 502-564-5687
E-Mail: http://www.sos.ky.gov/bus/businessrecords/notaries/Pages/Notaries-Contact-Form.aspx
Website: http://www.sos.ky.gov/bus/businessrecords/notaries/Pages/default.aspx

Qualifications

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

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of the county from which she/he makes application or be principally employed in the county from which he/she makes the application
  • Be of good moral character and capable of discharging the duties imposed upon her/him by law
  • Obtain the endorsement of a Circuit Judge or Clerk, County Judge, Clerk or Executive or any Magistrate or Member of the General Assembly (part of notary application).

Term of Office
4 years

Appointment
Secretary of State

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
Our New and Renewal Notary Packages do not include your required $100 to $1,000 Kentucky notary bond that vary by county (Obtained after receiving your commission).

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink or Embossing Seal is not required by state law.

Notary Journal
Required by state law (required for certain notarial acts)

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


Application Procedures

Step 1: Download the Kentucky Notary Public Handbook and complete the included application

Kentucky Notary Public Handbook and Notary Public Application

The handbook contains the relevant information regarding notarial procedure in the State of Kentucky as well as the applications for both types of notary public commission. Please read the handbook and complete the application according to the instructions provided therein. Once you have completed the application, including the certificate of approval form, mail it along with a check or money order in the amount of $10.00 made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer" to the following address:

Kentucky State Treasurer
148 Capitol Building
700 Capitol Avenue
PO Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40601

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 $100 to 1,000 Kentucky notary bond which varies by county.

Step 2: Order your Official supplies from The Notary's Store, but you will need to order your notary bond separately

Once you receive notice from the state that the Certificate of Appointment is in the County Clerk's office, you will need to order your supplies. Please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Kentucky section for your notary supplies. Our New and Renewing Notary Packages do not include your required $200 - 1,000 Kentucky notary bond which varies by county. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your Kentucky Notary Seal/Stamp and required Kentucky Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or purchase separately your other products you would like to order. Follow the instructions through checkout. Once you have your official bond you may proceed with step 3.

Step 3: Proceed to the County Clerk's office to complete the commissioning process

After the Secretary of State has processed the application, your Certificate of Appointment will be sent to the County Clerk in the county of application. For a Kentucky resident, the county of application is the county where the applicant resides or is principally employed as designated in line 3 of the application. For an applicant who is not a resident of Kentucky, but is employed in Kentucky, the county of application is the county in which the non-resident is principally employed. At the same time the Secretary of State sends the Certificate of Appointment to the County Clerk, a written notice will be sent to the applicant stating the Certificate of Appointment is in the County Clerk's office.

Within thirty (30) days of receiving your notice, you must go to the County Clerk's office and:

  • Post Bond
  • Take your Oath of Office
  • File and record your commission in the office of the County Clerk
For specific information regarding these requirements, you should make direct contact with your County Clerk.

Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy does not replace a bond, but will help to repay the bonding company if a claim is ever made. Errors and Omissions is not required by law, but may be purchased as it protects the notary public and pays for any charges the notary might owe for legal fees and costs should the notary be sued.


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