As a notary public in the State of Maryland, you have UNLIMITED financial liability on EVERY document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Maryland 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. It's less expensive than an attorney consult!

Interactive Maryland Notary Course Features:

Video Instruction

We use the power of the internet to bring an instructor right into your computer. The instructor will teach and reinforce the materials to help you retain and connect with it. We even provide you detailed instructions on how to obtain your commission! The video can be accessed at any time, from any computer, tablet or phone with internet access. Plus, you can re-watch the videos as many times as you like.

Immediate Access - No Delays!

Because we value your time, upon receipt of your payment, you will IMMEDIATELY be granted with access to your notary course. You can start your Maryland notary training in just a few minutes!

Instant Access

Social Interaction

Your course includes a social forum to ask questions and receive responses from your instructor and other students in a classroom-style discussion.

Instant Access to Your Proof of Completion Certificate

After completing the course, you will have access to a Proof of Completion Certificate. Display it proudly to show you take your notary commission seriously and that you are well-trained in the laws and procedures of Maryland notaries public.

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

  1. Take the Maryland Online Notary Course (not required until October 1, 2021)
  2. An application is submitted to the Secretary of State with a non-refundable $9 application and $2 processing fee. If living in the State, must be appointed by the senator representing the district in which you live; and
    if living outside the State, be a resident of a state that allows Maryland residents working in that state
    to serve as notaries public in that state. 
  3. If your State Senator delegates authority to approve notary applications to the Secretary of State, approval of
    the completed notary application takes approximately 2-5 business days. If approval takes longer it is likely
    because one of your references has not responded or there is a problem with your application that must be
    resolved before proceeding.
    If your State Senator reviews and makes a determination about notary applications, it can take between 1
    week and 6 weeks for notary applications to be approved. The speed and approval of applications is at the
    discretion of the Senator’s office.
  4. The appointee must pay a fee of $10.00 for the commission and $1.00 registration fee to the Clerk and take the oath of office. The appointee then receives the commission and is qualified to act as a notary public.


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Required
Application Fee: $9+$2
Other: Background Check

Office of Secretary of State
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-974-5520 or 888-874-0013 ext. 3861 (toll free in Maryland)