How to Become a Hawaii Notary

How to Become a Notary Public in Hawaii

  1. Complete the Online Hawaii Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. Application for a notary public commission is made on forms provided by the Attorney General.
  3. After approval of an applicant by the Attorney General, the applicant is required to take a written closed-book examination covering such statutory laws and rules that apply to notaries public, as well as practical aspects of a notary's practice, and a notary's duties and responsibilities. The passing score is 72 points or 80 percent.
Notary Testing Procedure
  1. The examination is given at the Department of the Attorney General, 425 Queen Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
  2. For Hawai‘i island applicants: Hilo applicants: Department of the Attorney General, Family Law Division, 101 Aupuni Street, Suite 320, Hilo, Hawai‘i  96720-4246 (When notification of exam is sent to you, there will be a phone number and name to call to schedule the exam.)
  3. For Kailua-Kona applicants: Department of the Attorney General, Family Law Division, 77-6399 Nalani Street, #101, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i  96740
  4. Every person appointed and commissioned a notary must forthwith file a literal or photo static copy of his commission, an impression of his seal, and a specimen of his official signature with the clerk of the circuit court of the circuit in which the notary resides. Each person may also, at his option, file the above-named documents with the clerk of any other circuit court. Thereafter, any clerk, when requested, shall certify to the official character and acts of any such notary whose commission, impression of seal and specimen of official signature is so filed in his office (a process called authentication). (Authentication is usually required when a document notarized by a local notary public is sent to another state or country. Such state or country may require evidence that the notary who notarized the document is a duly commissioned officer of the State of Hawaii.)


Hawaii Notary Supplies

Hawaii Notary Requirements

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: $10 for application, $40 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

Important Hawaii Notary Links

Hawaii State Website
Hawaii Notary Application
Hawaii Apostilles
Hawaii Notary Name Change
Hawaii Notary Address Change
Hawaii Notary Database
Hawaii Notary Handbook

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