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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: Department of Financial Institutions
Appointing Authority: Department of Financial Institutions

Contact:
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
345 W Washington Ave, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53703

Postal Address:
PO Box 7847
Madison, WI 53707-7847

Telephone: 608-266-8915
Fax: 608-261-7200
Website: www.sosstate.wi.us

Qualifications

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

  • Any United States resident who is at least 18 years of age may apply to become a notary public. "Resident" means a person who maintains a permanent dwelling place in the United States and is in fact living in the United States. The notary applicant must have at least the equivalent of an 8th grade education, be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a notary public and not have an unacceptable arrest or conviction record. Note that under current law, persons convicted in state or federal court of a felony, or persons convicted of a misdemeanor involving a violation of the public trust, may not be commissioned as Notaries Public for the State of Wisconsin unless they have been pardoned of the conviction.

Term of Office
4 Year term

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
$500 (Ordered before filing your application)

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

Notary Journal
Officially recommended by the state

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


Application Procedures

Step 1: Order the required $500 Surety Bond and Oath of Office Form, as well as any other supplies you may need, from The Notary's Store

All applicants for the office of notary public for the State of Wisconsin are require to purchase a $500 surety bond before completing the application process, except in the case of licensed attorneys who are not required to submit a bond.

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

Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the Wisconsin section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and Renewing Notary Supply Package that includes your required Wisconsin notary seal/stamp, Wisconsin Notary Journal and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price, but you will need to order your required $500 Wisconsin Notary Bond separately. Wisconsin law does not require a notary to keep a record of his/her official acts, but it is recommended to do so. A register will offer an excellent way of recalling past notarial acts. If a notary is called upon to testify in court, a register may help establish what actually took place. The Wisconsin Notary Journal, also available in the online store, functions perfectly as a Wisconsin notary journal, and was specifically designed for this purpose, and contains many elements not available in other registers. To order, enter the required information, scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages or you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the instructions through checkout. Once you have your official bond you may proceed with step 2.

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. An errors and omissions 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.

Your surety bond comes with an attached oath of office form you will need to complete in the presence of an individual qualified to take oaths, such as a commissioned notary public, in the State of Wisconsin. You will need to 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

Step 2: Download and complete the Wisconsin Notary Public Application and Oath of Office

When you have received your bond and oath form as well as your official seal from The Notary's Store you will need to complete a Wisconsin notary public application. Make a copy of the actual bond for your records.

Wisconsin Notary Public Application

Download and complete the application according to the instructions provided. When you are certain the application is complete and correct submit it as well as a $20.00 filing fee, the completed surety bond, and completed oath form to the Office of the Secretary of State of Wisconsin. Make your $20 check or money order payable to "Wisconsin Secretary of State". Commissions are issued every Wednesday. Effective January 1, 2005, applications for reappointment of commission are processed the Wednesday after receipt. Any time remaining from a previous commission term lapses whenever a new commission is issued. Remember, you may not perform notarial acts until notified by this office that your commission has been issued, or reissued in the case of a reappointment. A commission certificate will be sent to the mailing address indicated on this application.

Wisconsin Attorney Notary Public Application

The form used to apply for the attorney's notary public commission consists of a one page application and one page of instructions. An oath of office and bond are not part of the attorney's application process and need not be submitted. This application may be used ONLY by applicants who are licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. Note that any attorney who has had a Wisconsin Notary Public commission previously revoked may apply only for a four year commission.

Step 3: Await notice from the state

A commission certificate will be sent to the mailing address indicated on the application. Once you have received the commission certificate notifying you of your appointment you may begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Wisconsin.


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