Become a Minnesota Notary Public

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Minnesota Notary Commission Overview

The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of Minnesota is detailed below. Once you are ready to shop for supplies, simply visit our store. As a national provider of notary supplies, notary bonds, insurance, and training, has pretty much everything you need to become a Minnesota notary public.


Importance of Minnesota Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of Minnesota, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Minnesota 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 Minnesota

Step-by-Step Instructions

Become a Minnesota Notary Public

1. Complete the Notary Application.

2. Mail the completed application, with the $120 fee, to: Minnesota Secretary of State – Notary First National Bank Building 332 Minnesota Street, Suite N201 Saint Paul, MN 55101 

3. Receive your commission certificate by mail. 

4. Register your commission certificate with your county and pay the $20 fee.

5. Buy your Minnesota notary stamp.

Congratulations! You are now a Minnesota notary public.


Commission Term: 5 years, expires on Jan. 21 of the 5th year following year of issuance.
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or non-resident in neighboring state's counties that border Minnesota
Stamp/Seal: Inked Stamp
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $120
Eligibility: No major convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English

Retirement Systems of MN Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

Phone: (651) 296-2803/1-877-551-6767

Minnesota Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be at least 18 years of age. Applicant must be either a Minnesota resident, or a resident of a county in IA, ND, SD, or WI and list the Minnesota County he or she will be filing in upon receiving their commission. Non-resident notary applicants must designate the Secretary of State as their agent for service of process.

Remember, when you notarize documents:

    • All document signers must personally appear before you.
    • Assess whether each document signer is competent.
    • While not responsible for the content of a document, alert the signer to any blanks.
    • Establish the identity of each signer through personal knowledge or with I.D. documents.
    • Have all parties sign the document.
    • Complete the notarial certificate - this may include requiring the signer to give a verbal oath or acknowledgement.
    • Use your stamp.
    • Make an entry in your Notary Journal, if you use one.
    • An additional "Real Estate Closing Agent License" from the MN Department of Commerce may be required when processing certain real estate and mortgage documents.