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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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Because the qualifications and requirements are different for each state, use the "Select another State" menu above for information specific to becoming a Notary Public in that State.

Contact Information:

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

Contact:
Minnesota Secretary of State G㢠Notary
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

Telephone: 651-296-2803 or toll free 877-551-6767
Fax: 651-215-1009
E-Mail: notary.sos@state.mn.us
Website: https://notary.sos.state.mn.us/

Qualifications

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

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be either a Minnesota resident or a resident of a county in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin that shares a boundary with Minnesota

Term of Office
5 years

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
Not required by state law

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

Step 1: Download and complete the Application to become a Minnesota Notary Public

Minnesota Notary Public Application

Download and complete the application according to the instructions provided. Review the application for completeness and accuracy before mailing to the following address.

Minnesota Secretary of State
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

Make sure to include a check or money order in the amount of $120.00 made payable to the "Office of the Secretary of State", to cover the application fee. The office of the Secretary of State advises that you not send cash through the mail.

Step 2: Receive your Commission Certificate and Register with the County

Once received, the application will be reviewed for compliance. Once approved, your commission certificate is sent by US mail. Your resident county name and telephone number will be listed in the instructions portion of your commission certificate. Call the county for directions to the appropriate office to register with. You must register your commission with your county of residence and a registration fee of $20 will be collected pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 357.021. The commission of a non-resident notary must be recorded in the Minnesota County that borders the county in which the non-resident notary resides.

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

Step 3: Order your Official Seal and other supplies from The Notary's Store

Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the Minnesota section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Minnesota Notary Seal/Stamp, Minnesota Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. Minnesota law does not require a notary to keep a record of his/her official acts, but it is recommended to do so. A record book will offer an excellent way of recalling past notarial acts. If a notary is called upon to testify in court, a record book may help establish what actually took place. The Minnesota Notary Journal, offered at The Notary's Store, was designed specifically for notaries public. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your required 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 approximately 2-3 business days. Once you receive your seal and supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Minnesota.

Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy 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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