How to Become a Virginia Notary

How to Become a Notary Public in Virginia

  1. Order the Virginia Online Notary Seminar to be taught the laws and learn how to protect yourself as a notary.
  2. Complete the notary application.
  3. When you are notified of your appointment, you have 60 days to present yourself to to Court Clerk to take your oath and pick up your commission certificate. The clerk will require an additional fee of $10 (payable to the court).
  4. Order your stamp and seal. Also get a journal if you have not already purchased one.
  5. Renewals will follow the same process. If you change your name, continue to use your old seal until commission expires. Sign with your new name and add "Commissioned as (prior name). Report your change of name to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. If you change your address, notify the Secretary of Commonwealth in WRITING of the change of your home address (if you are a resident). If you change your employer, non-residents must notify the Secretary of the Commonwealth in WRITING of employer and employer's address. Congratulations! You are on your way to being a well-trained professional notary who will serve Virginia with distinction.


Virginia Notary Supplies

Virginia Notary Requirements

Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: VA Resident or Employee, legal U.S. resident
Stamp/Seal: Stamp or Embosser
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $45
Eligibility: No felony convictions unless rights restored,
Other: Read and write English

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
PO Box 1795
Richmond, VA 23218-1795

Phone: (804) 692-2536

Important Virginia Notary Links

Virginia State Website
Virginia Notary Application
Virginia Apostilles
Virginia Notary Name Change
Virginia Notary Address Change
Virginia Notary Database
Virginia Notary Handbook

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