How to Become a Washington Notary


How to Become a Notary Public in Washington

  1. Complete the Online Washington Notary Training Course (not required to become a notary)
  2. To qualify for appointment as a Notary Public, you must:
    1. Be at least 18 years of age
    2. Be able to read and write English
    3. Reside in Washington State
      1. If you are a resident of Idaho or Oregon, you may become a Washington State Notary Public as long as you are regularly employed in Washington State or carry on business in Washington State.
  3. To apply for an appointment as a Notary Public, you must:
    1. Complete the application
      1. If you are a first-time applicant or if you are renewing your appointment after your expiration date, complete the application form in full.
      2. If you are renewing your appointment before your expiration date, complete only sections A and B of the application.
      3. Notary Appointment Name: In section A of the application, you must indicate a Notary Appointment Name. This is the name you will use for notarizations, and is the name that will appear on your notary seal and certificate. You cannot use only your last name and a single initial (such as J. Smith), or only a single name (such as Smitty).
      4. Full legal name: In section A of the application, you must indicate your full legal name (First, Middle, Last) no initials. Examples of documents containing your full legal name are a passport or a state issued driver license or identification card. 2. Obtain a $10,000 surety bond
  4. You must obtain a $10,000 surety bond for your 4-year term from any insurance company qualified to write surety bonds in this state.
    1. The bond must be specifically for your Notary Public appointment. No other insurance you and/or your company may have will suffice.
    2. Please do not the state your Errors and Omissions policy if you have one.
  5. Submit the application Your application must contain:
    1. your completed application form
    2. a copy (keep the original for your records) of your $10,000 surety bond
    3. a $30 application fee (check or money order made out to Department of Licensing). This fee is non-refundable.
    4. Submit it to: Notary Public Program Department of Licensing PO Box 35001 Seattle, WA 98124-3401
  6. Obtain your Notary seal or stamp after you receive your Notary Public Certificate from the state.
    1. You can order your Washington Notary Supplies here: Washington Notary Supplies
    2. Present us with a photocopy of your Notary Public Certificate so we can make your stamp or seal.

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Washington Notary Supplies


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    2018 ID Checking Guide, U.S. & Canada Edition

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    Driver's license and I.D. checking guide. A notary public should own a copy of the I.D. Checking Guide to use when verifying in- and out-of-state identification.
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    Gold Foil Stickers

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    Notary Records Journal

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    MOJO: Modern Journal of Notarial Events

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    A journal is an important chronicle of your notarial actions and can help protect you in the event of future legal proceedings. The Modern Journal meets all state requirements and contains room for nearly 500 entries, with multiple notarizations per entry. Other features include:

    - 128 numbered heavy-weight pages
    - tamper-proof binding and sewn construction
    - time-saving checkboxes
    - complete instructions

    Every attempt has been made to strike the perfect balance between quality and economy - we hope you'll agree.

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    Classic Journal of Notarial Events

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    Washington Notary Online Course

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    • State-Specific Notary Laws and Information
    • 2.5 Hours+ of Streaming On-Demand Video Instruction
    • 12 Months of Unlimited Access
    • Immediate access to Proof of Completion Certificate (PDF)
    • Course forums to receive updates, ask questions and interact with other students
    *This is a a single-user, limited license. For multiple students please contact us.
    $99.95 $49.95
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    Washington Notary Stamp

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    Choose your desired Washington notary stamp type below. Start by choosing the stamp type, then stamp color, then ink color. Not all notary stamps offer all options.

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    Washington Notary Embosser

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    Choose your desired Washington notary embosser type and color below. Start by choosing the embosser type, then embosser color. Not all notary embossers offer all color options.
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    Washington Notary Bond ($10,000)

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    Washington Notary Acknowledgment Stamp

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    Washington Notary Jurat Stamp

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    Embosser Impression Inker

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Washington Notary Requirements


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or ID/OR resident, WA employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $10,000
Application Fee: $30
Eligibility: No felony convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English


Address:
Notary Public Program Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

Phone: (360) 664-1550
Email: notaries@dol.wa.gov

Important Washington Notary Links

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


Have a group of people that need training? We currently offer live training for your business or organization. To schedule a private notary seminar, please contact us at (888) 263-1977.

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