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Renewing your Commission 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.

Thanks for allowing the Notary Learning Center to help you in renewing your Notary Public commission.

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:
Office of the Secretary of State
Notary Division
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Telephone: 515-281-5204
Fax: 515-242-5953
E-Mail: sos@sos.state.ia.us
Website: https://sos.iowa.gov/notaries/about.html

Qualifications

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

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of the State of Iowa or a resident of a state bordering Iowa if their place of work or business is in Iowa
  • Have not been disqualified from voting, either because they have been convicted of a felony or adjudged mentally incompetent to vote
  • File an application and $30.00 filing fee with the Secretary of State

Term of Office
3 year term for a resident of Iowa. For residents of bordering states whose place of work or business is in Iowa, the term is 1 year.

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
Not required by state law

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink 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: Download and complete the Iowa Notary Public Application

The application to become a notary public for the State of Iowa is available for download here: Iowa Notary Public Application

The application includes detailed instructions on the correct way to complete it. Please follow the provided instructions exactly, as any discrepancies in the application will result in delays or a refusal to grant your commission.

Step 2: Mail your Completed Application and Fees to the Secretary of State

Once you have completed the application and reviewed it for completeness and accuracy, mail it along with a check or money order in the amount of $30.00, made payable to the "Secretary of State", to the following address and wait for your commission information.

Secretary of State
Notary Public Clerk
Lucas Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319

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 notarial products from The Notary's Store

Once you receive your commission information from the state you will be able to order your supplies. Please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Iowa section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Iowa Notary Seal/Stamp and officially recommended by the state Iowa Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. Iowa 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. Once you receive your seal and supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Iowa. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or purchase any other products you desire and follow the instructions through checkout. .

Step 4: Receive your Iowa 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 Iowa.

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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