How to Become a Notary Public in Hawaii

Importance of Hawaii Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of Hawaii, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Hawaii Online Notary Course is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way for you to learn what to do and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public, you should spend some time learning the laws.

How to Become a Notary Public in Hawaii
Step by Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in Hawaii

  1. Complete the Online Hawaii Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. According to Section 456-2, Hawaii Revised Statues, every person appointed as a notary public shall, at the time of one’s appointment, be a resident of the State of Hawaii, possess the other qualifications required of public officers, and be at least eighteen years of age. Public Officers in the State are required to be United States citizens.
  3. A person desiring to be commissioned as a notary public shall apply online at along with supporting documents.
  4. If an application is approved by the Attorney General, the applicant must pass a written, closed-book examination covering such statutory laws and rules that specifically apply to notaries pubic in Hawaii, as well as practical aspects of a notary’s practice, and a notary’s duties and responsibilities. An applicant should, for example, have a thorough understanding and knowledge of the following sections of the Hawaii Revised Statues, as amended: 456-1 to 456-21, 502-41 to 502-46, 502-48 to 502-84, 603-1, 621-12, and 621-13.
  5. Upon being notified of passing the examination, the applicant shall pay to the Attorney General, for the issuance of the original commission, a fee of $100.00. The applicant shall also arrange to have a seal of office made, on which shall be engraved the notary’s name, commission number, and the words, “Notary Public” and “State of Hawaii”.
  6. Before entering upon the duties of office, a notary must execute, at the notary’s own expense, an official surety bond meeting the requirements of Section 456-5, Hawaii Revised Statues. The bond must be approved by a judge of the circuit court. Upon approval, the bond shall be deposited and kept on file in the office of the clerk of the circuit court of the judicial circuit for and which the notary resides.
  7. Each person appointed and commissioned as a notary public must forthwith file a literal or photostatic copy of one’s commission, an impression of one’s seal, and a specimen of one’s official signature with the clerk of the circuit court in which the notary resides. Each person may also, at one’s option, file the above-named documents with the clerk of any circuit court. The clerk of each circuit court charges a fee for the filing of the copy of a commission.
  8. A Notary Public Manual, published by the Department of the Attorney General, is available on the notary website and is strongly recommended as reading material for all potential notaries.


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Legal HI Resident. Green card holders, must be actively seeking citizenship once eligible.
Stamp/Seal: Stamp or Embosser
Journal: Required
Bond: $1,000
Application Fee: $20 for application, $10 exam, $110 for commission.
Eligibility: No felony or perjury convictions. Never expelled from legislature
Other: Pass an exam, be able to read and write English

Department of the Attorney General, Notary Public Office
425 Queen St
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 586-1216