How to Become a Notary Public in Montana
Step by Step Instructions
- First time applicants or if your commission has lapsed 30 days, must complete the required Online Montana Notary Training Course
- Make arrangements to obtain a $10,000 surety bond written for a term of four years. It is meant to protect the public from any claim made against the State as a result of your actions. In the event of such a claim, the bonding company would look to you, the notary, for repayment of the claim amount. You may wish to discuss with your insurance agent the need for Errors & Omissions Insurance to provide personal coverage to protect yourself.
- Fill out the Montana Notary Application
Enter your name exactly the way you normally make your signature. This is the name in which your Notary Commission will be issued and it must match the name on the surety bond and your signature. (If your legal name is “John Quincy Public”, but you normally sign “J. Q. Public”, then enter J. Q. Public on the application.)
Make sure you follow the directions on the form and provide all the information requested.
Incomplete applications will be returned for completion; this will delay the processing of your commission request. Be sure to include your mailing address to insure delivery of your Certificate of Commission.
When you receive the bond:
Make sure all appearances of your name on both the application and the bond are exactly the same.
>Check that the city and county listed on the bond are where you live, not where you work.
Sign the bond on the line for the “Principal”.
- Send the original application form and bond with the filing fee of $25 (check or money order) to:
- You should receive your commission certificate within 10 days – 2 weeks. Verify that your name is correct and note your commission dates.
- If you ordered a supply package, email us your commission information to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to: (615) 790-7912. Otherwise, order your Montana notary supplies now.
YOU ARE NOT A NOTARY PUBLIC FOR THE STATE OF MONTANA UNLESS YOU HAVE RECEIVED AN OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF COMMISSION SHOWING YOUR NAME AND THE DATES OF YOUR TERM OF OFFICE