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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:
Secretary of State of Texas
Notary Public Unit
PO Box 13375
Austin, TX 78711-3375

Telephone: 512-463-5705
E-Mail: notary@sos.state.tx.us
Website: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/notary-public.shtml

Qualifications

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

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of the State of Texas
  • Must never have been convicted of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude.

Term of Office
4 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
$10,000 (Ordered before filing your application)

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

Notary Journal
Required by state law

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


Application Procedures

Step 1: Order the Texas $10,000 Surety Bond and Application Form from The Notary's Store

Applicants for the office of notary public for the State of Texas must acquire a $10,000 surety bond as part of the application process. Download Texas application here.

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 $10,000 Texas Notary Bond. The State of Texas requires purchasing your notary bond, which you will need to send along with your notary application.

Each applicant for the office of notary public for the State of Texas is required to purchase a 4-year $10,000 Texas notary bond. Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the Texas section for your official surety bond. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Texas Notary Seal/Stamp and Texas Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price, but you will need to order your required $10,000 Texas Notary Bond separately. To order, enter all required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your 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 ship in usually no more than 1-2 business days. Once you have your official bond and have made a copy of the actual bond for your records 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. 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: Complete the application as directed and mail to the Secretary of State's office

When you receive the application form and surety bond, you will need to complete the application according to the instructions provided and sign as the principal on your bond.

Once you have completed the application and signed the bond, you will need to mail these items along with a check or money order made payable to the "Secretary of State" in the amount of $21.00, to the following address.

Secretary of State of Texas, Notary Public Unit
PO Box 13375
Austin, TX 78711-3375

If the Secretary of State's office approves the application they will send your commission effective as of the date of qualification, as well as materials outlining the powers, duties and restrictions of the office.

Once you receive all of your supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Texas.


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