How to Become an Alabama Notary


How to Become a Notary Public in Alabama

  1. We recommend that you purchase and complete the Online Alabama Notary Training Course.  This course is not required by the state, but it is highly recommended you are fully aware of your duties and responsibilities as a notary public. Order Now
  2. Purchase the $25,000 Alabama Notary Bond.  The bond is "insurance" for the public in case you make a mistake and damage someone financially.
  3. Contact the probate judge in the county of your residence. You can locate your judge from the website http://sos.alabama.gov/city-county-lookup
  4. After you furnish the appropriate information to the judge and pay the application fee, you will be appointed as a notary.
  5. After you are appointed, order your notary supplies: Alabama Notary Supplies
The Alabama Secretary of State's office does not have notary application materials.

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Alabama Notary Supplies


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    2018 ID Checking Guide, U.S. & Canada Edition

    2018 ID Checking Guide, U.S. and Canada
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    2018 ID Checking Guide, U.S. & Canada Edition

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    Driver's license and I.D. checking guide. A notary public should own a copy of the I.D. Checking Guide to use when verifying in- and out-of-state identification.
    $32.95 $16.95
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    Alabama Notary Errors and Omissions Insurance

    Notary E&O Policy
    Notary E&O Policy

    Alabama Notary Errors and Omissions Insurance

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    Please select your desired term and coverage amount.  For Alabama notary applicants or new Alabama notaries, we recommend selecting the full 4-year term for coverage as long as you hold the current notary commission.

    $10.00$432.00
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    Gold Foil Stickers

    Gold Foil Stickers
    Gold Foil Stickers

    Gold Foil Stickers

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    $2.00
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    Alabama Notary Online Course

    Alabama Notary Course
    Alabama Notary Course

    Alabama Notary Online Course

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    • State-Specific Notary Laws and Information
    • 2.5 Hours+ of Streaming On-Demand Video Instruction
    • 12 Months of Unlimited Access
    • Immediate access to Proof of Completion Certificate (PDF)
    • Course forums to receive updates, ask questions and interact with other students
    *This is a single-user, limited license. For multiple students please contact us.
    $99.95 $49.95
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    Alabama Notary Stamp

    Trodat 4913 Notary Stamps
    Trodat 4913 Notary StampsAlabama Notary Stamp - Trodat 4913 Flame Red

    Alabama Notary Stamp

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    Choose your desired Alabama stamp type below. Start by choosing the stamp type, then stamp color, then ink color. Not all notary stamps offer all options.

    $17.00$28.95
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    Alabama Notary Supplies Package

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    Alabama Notary Supplies Package

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    Please customize your package below.  If you do not have your commission information yet, just leave the customization fields blank and contact us when you are approved as a notary.  For the bond, many counties require the date to be the same date as the date you will submit your application.
    $199.00 $149.00
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    Notary Records Journal

    Notary Records Journal
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    Notary Records Journal

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    $14.95$17.95
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    MOJO: Modern Journal of Notarial Events

    Modern Notary Journal (Soft Cover)
    Modern Notary Journal (Soft Cover)

    MOJO: Modern Journal of Notarial Events

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    Keeping a notary journal is required by law in 16 states and strongly recommended in the rest.

    A journal is an important chronicle of your notarial actions and can help protect you in the event of future legal proceedings. The Modern Journal meets all state requirements and contains room for nearly 500 entries, with multiple notarizations per entry. Other features include:

    - 128 numbered heavy-weight pages
    - tamper-proof binding and sewn construction
    - time-saving checkboxes
    - complete instructions

    Every attempt has been made to strike the perfect balance between quality and economy - we hope you'll agree.

    $15.95$18.95
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    Classic Journal of Notarial Events

    Classic Notary Journal (Soft Cover)
    Classic Notary Journal (Soft Cover)

    Classic Journal of Notarial Events

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    $16.00$19.00
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    Inkless Thumbprint Pad

    Inkless Thumbprinter Pad
    Inkless Thumbprinter Pad

    Inkless Thumbprint Pad

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    $9.95 $7.45
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    Loan Signing Agent Certification Course

    Loan Signing Agent Course
    Loan Signing Agent Course

    Loan Signing Agent Certification Course

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    $179.00 $45.00
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    Alabama Notary Embosser

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    Alabama Notary Embosser

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    Choose your desired Alabama notary embosser type and color below. Start by choosing the embosser type, then embosser color. Not all notary embossers offer all color options.
    $24.95$32.00
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    Alabama Notary Acknowledgment Stamp

    Alabama Notary Acknowledgment Stamp
    Alabama Notary Acknowledgment Stamp

    Alabama Notary Acknowledgment Stamp

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    $22.95
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    Alabama Notary Jurat Stamp

    Alabama Notary Jurat Stamp
    Alabama Notary Jurat Stamp

    Alabama Notary Jurat Stamp

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    $19.95
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    Alabama Notary Bond ($25,000)

    Notary Bond
    Notary Bond

    Alabama Notary Bond ($25,000)

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     For Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa counties, we are required to send original Alabama notary bonds to you with a signature from a licensed Alabama insurance agent.  All other counties, we will email you a PDF of your bond, so you can file with your county today or tomorrow.

    For start/effective date, please put the date you would like to file with the County Probate Clerk.  This does not have to be an exact date, however, it is best to make it as accurate as possible.  Please keep in mind the processing time if the bond must be shipped.

    $50.00
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    Embosser Impression Inker

    Embosser Impression Inker
    Embosser Impression Inker

    Embosser Impression Inker

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    $14.95

Alabama Notary Requirements


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident for 1 day
Stamp/Seal: Stamp or Embosser
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $25,000
Application Fee: $13-$29 (varies by county)
Eligibility: No major convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English


Address:
Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103

Phone: (334) 242-7200
Email: stephanie.vaught@sos.alabama.gov

Important Alabama Notary Links

Alabama State Website
Alabama Apostilles
Alabama Notary Database



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