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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 Commonwealth
Appointing Authority: Governor

Contact: Governor
Contact: Secretary of the Commonwealth

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Telephone: 804-786-2441
Fax: 804-371-0017

E-Mail: notary@governor.virginia.gov
Website: https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/official-documents/notary-commissions/

Qualifications

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

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to read, write and speak the English language
  • United States citizenship is no longer a requirement.
  • Nonresidents of Virginia may be appointed as notaries if they are regularly employed in the state and perform notary services in connection with their employment.
  • Have not had a felony conviction in your lifetime with the exception that the conviction has been pardoned or you have had your right restored.

Term of Office
4 years

Appointment
Governor

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 required by state law. Embossing seal must be used in conjunction with rubber stamp.

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 Virginia Notary Public Application

Virginia Notary Public Application

Once you have downloaded the application, you will need to complete it according to the instructions provided. When the application is complete and correct, mail it along with a check or money order in the amount of $45.00 made payable to the "Treasurer of Virginia", to the following address:

Notary Public Division
PO Box 1795
Richmond, VA 23218-1795

Step 2: Await notice that your application has been approved

You should receive notice that your application has been approved within three (3) weeks of receipt. You will then have sixty (60) days to present yourself to the court of your choosing to take your oath of office and pick up your commission certificate. At that time, the Clerk of court will require an additional fee of $10.00 which should be made payable to the court.

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

Step 3: Order any supplies you may need from The Notary's Store

Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the Virginia section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Virginia Notary Seal/Stamp, Virginia Notary Journal and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. Virginia law does not require a notary to keep a record of his/her official acts, but it is recommended to do so. A record book will offer an excellent way of recalling past notarial acts. If a notary is called upon to testify in court, a record book may help establish what actually took place. The Virginia Notary Journal, also available in the online store, was specifically designed for this purpose and contains many elements not available in other registers. 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.

Your order will be processed as quickly as possible, usually shipping in 1-2 business days.

Once you receive your supplies from The Notary's Store you will be ready to begin acting in your official capacity as a notary public for the State of Virginia


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