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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: Secretary of State

Contact:
Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Department 108, 1st Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0500

Telephone: 701-328-2900 / Toll Free: 800-352-0867 ext. 82901
Fax: 701-328-2992
E-Mail: sos@nd.gov
Website: http://sos.nd.gov/notaries-public

Qualifications

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

  • Have the qualifications of an elector as to age and residence, or
  • Reside in a county that borders North Dakota and which are in a state that extends reciprocity to a notary public who resides in a bordering county of North Dakota. (If the person resides in a county bordering North Dakota, that person must designate the Secretary of State as the agent for service of process, for all purposes relating to notarial acts, including the receipt of correspondence relating to notarial acts.)

Term of Office
6 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
$7,500 (Ordered before filing your application)

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

Notary Journal
Officially recommended by the state

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 $7,500 North Dakota Notary Bond. The State of North Dakota requires purchasing your notary bond, which you will need to send along with your notary application.

Step 1: Order your Official Notary Supplies from The Notary's Store but you will need to order your notary bond separately.

Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the North Dakota section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required North Dakota Notary Seal/Stamp and officially recommended North Dakota Notary Journal which can provide records of your notarial acts, in case a notarial act is ever called into question, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price, but you will need to order your required $7,500 North Dakota Notary Bond separately. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or purchase your notary seal/stamp and officially recommended notary journal separately, and any other products you would like to order. Follow the instructions through checkout. If you decide to purchase one of our Notary Packages which has your notary seal in it, this seal can not be sent to you until we have your "Certificate of Authorization" from the state. When this is mailed to us we then can legally make your official seal (Refer to Step 3 below). Once you have your official bond you may proceed with step 2.

When you receive your surety bond make a copy for your records, as the original will be sent with the application.

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.

Step 2: Download and complete the North Dakota Notary Public Application

North Dakota Notary Application

Complete the application according to the instructions provided. You will need to contact a commissioned notary public to complete the affidavit of qualifications and oath of office. Make arrangements to have a notary public take your acknowledgment under oath or affirmation that the information provided in the application is true. The Notary Search feature from Notary-services.com can be helpful in contacting a notary public. Simply click the link below, enter your home ZIP code and click search for a list of notaries public in your area: Click here Notary Search

The completed application, your surety bond and a $36.00 filing fee made payable to the "Secretary of State" should be sent to the following address:

Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 108, 1st Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0500

Note: If the applicant resides in a county that borders North Dakota and which is in a state that extends reciprocity to a notary public who resides in a border county of North Dakota, an Appointment of Agent (SFN 19369) is required.

After the receipt of the fee, application and surety bond, you will be issued an authorization letter which authorizes a vendor to provide you with an official notary seal/stamp.

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

The State of North Dakota requires all notaries public to purchase a North Dakota notary seal/stamp to authenticate their notarial acts. Please revisit The Notary's Store you will be entering the North Dakota section for your official notary seal/stamp. If you haven't already purchased your required North Dakota notary seal stamp you can do so now. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary seal stamp and then follow the instructions through checkout. Once you have your official notary seal/stamp you may proceed with step 4.

You will need to mail the original certificate of authorization letter you received from the state to us before we may legally make your official seal or stamp. Certificates should be mailed to:

Notary Learning Center
PO Box 41400
Des Moines, IA 50311-0507

Step 4: File your official seal impression with the Secretary of State's office

Once you receive your official seal/stamp, an impression of the seal/stamp must be affixed to the Certificate of Authorization and returned to the Secretary of State's office. After the certificate is received, approved and filed, the Secretary of State will issue an official notary commission. Under no circumstances may an applicant commence with the duties of the notary public until such time their official commission has been issued by the Secretary of State.


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