How to Become a District of Columbia Notary


How to Become a Notary Public in District of Columbia

  1. Complete the Online Washington D.C. Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. Complete the District of Columbia's Notary Public Application.
    • Applications may be picked up at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 810 South or downloaded Notary Public Application [PDF].
    • Applications must be signed and dated within 30 days of the date of submission.
    • A letter stating the need for notary services must be prepared by the applicant's employer and submitted with the application. If self-employed, submit the request on company letterhead. The letter submitted must address the need for service provision and how it will positively impact the District of Columbia.
  3. Submit the application to the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications.
    • Mail or deliver the completed application, fee and related materials to the following address:Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications 441 4th Street, NW Suite 810 South Washington, DC 20001
    • No cash is accepted for notary applications.
    • A representative from the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications will contact new applicants to schedule the mandatory orientation within three weeks of the submission of an application. The communication should arrive via email unless you do not have an email address. Otherwise, you will be contacted by telephone.
    • Once mandatory orientation is completed, the office will send candidates a notice letter that contains their commission date and other pertinent information, as well as a bond form, if indicated. The notice and bond form should arrive within a two week period subsequent to attendance at the mandatory orientation.
    • Notary candidates will obtain their notarial supplies and secure a surety bond for a minimum of $2000. The bond form must be completed by the bond company. Once secured, the notary candidate will bring these items with them to take their oath of commission in the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications, 441 4th street NW, Suite 810 South.
If you have any questions about the notary commissioning process, call the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications at (202) 727-3117 or by email. The office commissions qualified persons as notaries public for five-year terms, authenticates their signatures and maintains the oath of office and the official signature of every Notary Public. If a notary commission is not claimed within 60 days from its issuance, it becomes invalid. Failure to claim the commission within 60 days is not excused for any reason, including non-receipt of the notice. Thereafter, if the applicant wishes to become a District of Columbia commissioned notary, a new application and a new $75 fee must be submitted. Notaries Public protect against fraud and forgery by acting as an official, unbiased witness to the identity of the person who signs a document. Should you encounter a situation where you have a question or concern, you should seek the advice of legal counsel. More Information:

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    District of Columbia Notary Errors and Omissions Insurance

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    Notary Records Journal

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    MOJO: Modern Journal of Notarial Events

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

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    Classic Journal of Notarial Events

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    District of Columbia 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 a single-user, limited license. For multiple students please contact us.
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    Loan Signing Agent Certification Course

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    District of Columbia Notary Stamp

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

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    District of Columbia Notary Embosser

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    District of Columbia Notary Acknowledgment Stamp

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    District of Columbia Notary Jurat Stamp

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    District of Columbia Notary Bond ($2,000)

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    Embosser Impression Inker

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District of Columbia Notary Requirements


Commission Term: 5 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or DC Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Required
Bond: $2,000
Application Fee: $75
Eligibility: No major convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English


Address:
441 4th Street, NW
Suite 810 South
Washington DC 20001

Phone: (202) 727-3117
Email: secretary@dc.gov

Important District of Columbia Notary Links

District of Columbia State Website
District of Columbia Notary Application
District of Columbia Notary Database
District of Columbia Notary Handbook


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