How to Become a Notary Public in New Mexico

Importance of New Mexico Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of New Mexico, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. Whether you are a new or current notary public, for your sake, take the time to learn the laws. Protect yourself from any claim that could be made against you.


How to Become a Notary Public in New Mexico
Step by Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in New Mexico

Source: New Mexico Notary Public Handbook

  1. Meet all qualifications to become a notary public in New Mexico, listed here.
  2. New Mexico requires a notary stamp, notary journal, and bond. We highly recommend purchasing E&O insurance with your notary public bond.
  3. Take the New Mexico notary public training course and pass the exam.
  4. Complete your New Mexico notary public application.
    1. "Applications must be completed in black ink only and without back
      ground colors of any type. Also, applications which contain liquid
      paper or any signatures which have been traced or written over will
      not be accepted.
    2. Complete the application using the applicant’s last name and first or
      middle name, plus an initial or additional name, if desired, or last
      name and two initials. Do not include titles on the application, stamp
      or seal. Use only the applicant’s name. The applicant’s name must be
      identical to the name on the seal or stamp.
    3. Have two New Mexico residents sign the form attesting to the
      applicant’s good moral character.
    4. The applicant takes the oath before a Notary Public or other person
      authorized to administer oaths. The name and signature on the oath
      must be identical to the name and signature on the bond application
      and the name on the notarial seal or stamp. The Notary Public who
      notarizes the applicant’s oath must sign his name, affix his seal, and
      enter his complete expiration date."
  5. The New Mexico Notary Public Handbook states: "Return the completed application, surety bond, power of attorney, and a check or money order in the amount of $20.00 payable to the Secretary of State, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503."
  6. "If the application is accepted, the Governor will appoint the applicant as a Notary Public for  a term of four (4) years. The applicant cannot act as a Notary Public until he receives his certificate of appointment from this office."

Duties of a New Mexico Notary Public (14-12A-7)

  1. "A Notary Public is empowered to perform the following notarial acts: 1. acknowledgments; 2. administer oaths and affirmations; 3. Jurats; 4. copy certifications; and 5. perform other duties as provided by law.
  2. The law requires that a Notary Public notify the Secretary of State in writing within ten days after a name or address change. Name changes require a fee of $3.00 and are to be submitted on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State.
  3. A Notary Public has no authority to practice law. He may not prepare, complete or give advice concerning documents unless he is an attorney.
  4. Although it is not required by law, it is recommended that the Notary Public keep a journal of his notarial acts containing at a minimum the date, type of document, and name(s) and signature(s) of the person(s) whose signature(s) were notarized by him.
  5. A notary public shall not use the term “notario publico” or any equivalent non-English term in any business card, advertisement, notice or sign."

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Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $10,000
Application Fee: $20
Eligibility: No felony convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English

Address:
Secretary of State
325 Don Gaspar - Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 827-3600

Qualifications to Become a Notary Public in New Mexico

Source: Become a Notary.

The applicant must:

  • Be at least eighteen years of age.
  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • Be a resident of or have a place of employment in the State of New Mexico.
  • Be able to read and write the English language.
  • Have completed the Notary Education course and exam; having passed the exam.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or crime involving fraud, dishonesty, or deceit in the last five years.
  • Not had a notary public commission denied, suspended, or revoked in another state.
  • Not be disqualified to receive commission under Section 22 of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts [14-14A-22 NMSA 1978] .
  • Not otherwise be qualified as a notarial officer; with the exception of a court clerk, deputy court clerk, county clerk, or deputy county clerk.