How to Become a Kentucky Notary

How to Become a Notary Public in Kentucky

  1. Complete the Online Kentucky Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. To obtain an application go the web site and click on notary public state at large application and download the form.
  3. Fill out the application.
  4. Application must be signed by a circuit judge, circuit clerk, county judge/executive, county clerk, justice of the peace (magistrate) or member of the General Assembly of the county of residence of the applicant, if a Kentucky resident. Nonresidents may choose the county of application.
  5. After the application has been filed with and approved by the Secretary of State, you will receive a Notice of Appointment.
  6. Attached to the Notice of Appointment will be a printed Oath of Office. You must take the Oath of Office within thirty (30) days after you receive your Notice of Appointment. After the oath has been administered, the written Oath of Office must be returned to the Secretary of State within thirty (30) days from the date of your Notice of Appointment letter. Upon receipt by the Secretary of State of the Oath of Office, the Governor, through the Secretary of State, will issue to the applicant the Commission to Office.
  7. After the application has been processed by the Secretary of State, your Certificate of Appointment will be sent to the county clerk in the county of application. For a Kentucky resident, the county of application is the county where the applicant resides or is principally employed as designated in line 3.
  8. For an applicant who is not a resident of Kentucky, but is employed in Kentucky, the county of application is the county in which the non-resident is principally employed. At the same time the Secretary of State sends the Certificate of Appointment to the county clerk, a written notice will be sent to the applicant stating the Certificate of Appointment is in the county clerk’s office.
  9. Within thirty (30) days of receiving your notice, you must go to the county clerk’s office and(1) Post Bond;(2) Take the Oath of Office; and(3) File and record your commission in the office of the county clerk.
  10. For specific information regarding these requirements, you should make direct contact with your county clerk.


Kentucky Notary Supplies

Kentucky Notary Requirements

Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Not Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: Varies county by county
Application Fee: $10
Eligibility: No major convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English

Notary Commissions
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821

Phone: (502) 564-3490

Important Kentucky Notary Links

Kentucky State Website
Kentucky Notary Application
Kentucky Notary Database
Kentucky Notary Handbook

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