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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:
Oregon Secretary of State
Corporation Division
Notary Public Section
255 Capitol St. NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Telephone: 503-986-2200
Fax: 503-986-2300
E-Mail: Corporation.Division@state.or.us
Website: http://sos.oregon.gov/business/Pages/notary.aspx

Qualifications

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

  • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of appointment
  • Be a resident of this state at the time of appointment, or be a resident of an adjacent state and be regularly employed or carry on a trade or business within this state at the time of appointment
  • Be able to read and write the English language at the time of appointment
  • Be of good moral character
  • Not have had a notary commission revoked for official misconduct during the five-year period preceding the date of application
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, or of a lesser offense incompatible with the duties of a notary public, during the 10-year period preceding the date of application
  • Complete a 3 hour Notary training course (not required for current Notaries with an active commission at the time the new application is received in our office.)
  • Have satisfactorily completed a written examination prescribed by the Secretary of State to determine the fitness of the person to exercise the functions of the office of notary public in preparation for the official exam

Term of Office
4 years

Appointment
Secretary of State

Notary Education
Required by state law

Notary Exam
Required by state law

Study Course
"Notary Public Education Course" (this is not the state approved training 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
Required by state law

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


Application Procedures

Step 1: Complete the mandatory education requirements

Notary Public Commission Application

If you have never been a notary before, or if your notary commission has expired or will expire before your application reaches the office of the Secretary of State, you must take the required three-hour class before applying. The office of the Secretary of State offers classes at various locations around the state as well as an online tutorial, followed by an online exam.

Step 2: Complete the Notary Application with Exam

Applicants completing the online Oregon Secretary of State Notary Public Web Tutorial with online exam are not required to submit a hardcopy (paper) exam; simply record the Education Identification Number on the application. All other applicants must submit the hardcopy exam with their application.

Mail or deliver application, exam and $40.00 non-refundable fee to:

Secretary of State Corporation Division
Attn: Notary Section
255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Step 3: Receive your commission from the Secretary of State's office and order your supplies from The Notary's Store

When you receive your commission from the Secretary of State's office, proof read the commission for the spelling of your name and make note of the expiration date. If you question any of the information, call the office of the Secretary of State at (503) 986-2593 before ordering the seal.

If everything is correct, you may order your supplies from The Notary's Store.

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

Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the Oregon section for your official notary supplies. We offer both a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Oregon Notary Seal/Stamp and Oregon 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 you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the instructions through checkout.

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.

When you have finished placing your order send the certificate of authorization to:

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

Or, if you wish to use an overnight courier service rather than the post office, send the certificate to:

Notary Learning Center
925 29th St
Des Moines, IA 50312-3612

Your order will be processed as soon as possible, usually shipping within a day or two of our receiving your certificate of authorization.

Step 3: File an imprint of your stamp with the Secretary of State's office

After you receive your official seal and other supplies from The Notary's Store proof read the seal ensuring that the spelling of your name, commission number and expiration date are correct and read EXACTLY as printed on your certificate. Stamp a clean imprint of your seal on the Certificate of Authorization to complete the requirement of filing your imprint with the Secretary of State. If it is not 100% clear, please stamp again. If necessary, stamp on a separate piece of paper and send that in with your Certificate. Mail the completed certificate of authorization to the office of the Secretary of State at the following address:

Secretary of State Corporation Division
Notary Section
255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Once you have filed your certificate of authorization with the office of the Secretary of State all that is left to do is wait for the effective date of your commission to arrive and begin your duties as a commissioned notary public for the State of Oregon.


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