Prior to submitting the form to the Secretary of State’s office, the applicant must obtain a good and sufficient bond to the state of Kansas in the sum of $7,500. The bond can either be obtained through a commercial surety – an insurance company or bonding company – or through personal sureties – two private individuals. The bond ensures that if a notary public fails to properly perform a notarization the surety will indemnify a third party for any damages caused by the notary’s negligence or misconduct.
The applicant also must attach a clear and readable impression of his or her stamp on the application. To be accepted, the notary stamp must include the name of the applicant exactly as it appears on the application and the words “Notary Public” and “State of Kansas.” The stamp also may include a line for an expiration date; however, since the date is assigned by the secretary of state after the application is filed, we recommend that the actual date be left blank. Finally, the applicant must take the oath of office in front of a notary public, and the notary must complete the oath on the application and sign and affix his or her seal to the application.
Once the Secretary of State’s office has received and accepted the application, a certificate, wallet card and Handbook will be mailed to the home address on the application. Until receipt of the certificate and wallet card, the applicant cannot notarize any documents.
A Kansas notary's commission is good for four years. The certificate and wallet card will include the date that the notary’s commission expires. This date must be included in each notarization that the notary does to be a complete and legal notarization. The expiration date is determined by the date that the Secretary of State’s office files the application, not the date on the bond or the date the application is submitted to our office.
Commission Term: 4 years Minimum Age: 18 years old Residency: Resident or Employee Stamp/Seal: Required Journal: Recommended Bond: $7,500 Application Fee: $25 Eligibility: No felony or moral turpitude convictions Other: Be able to read and write English