How to Become a Notary Public in Washington State

Importance of Washington Notary Training

As a notary public in the Washington State, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. Our Washington 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, 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 Washington
Step by Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in Washington State


Washington State offers two ways to apply to become a notary public:

  1. The first way to apply to become a notary is to apply online:
    1. Prepare your documents for upload:
    2. You will have to pay $75.
  2. The second way to apply to become a notary is by mail:
    1. Complete a Notary Public Commission Application.
    2. Send all of the following:
      • Completed notary application.
      • Copy of your signed $10,000 Washington notary bond.
      • A check or money order payable to 'Department of Licensing' for:
        • $30 for commission
        • $45 for commission with electronic endorsement
  3. After you receive your commission, purchase a notary stamp and journal.

How to apply for an electronic notary endorsement

You can add an electronic notary endorsement when you apply for a new commission or when you renew your current commission.

To add an electronic notary endorsement any other time you can log in or sign up to add it online, or mail us the following:

  • Completed Notary Public Electronic Notarization Endorsement Application.
  • Check or money order for $15 non-refundable fee, payable to "Department of Licensing."
  • The name of your electronic notary software.
    • You must give us the name of the software you'll be using within 30 days after we issue the endorsement.
    • You can’t notarize electronic records until we’ve received the name of your software.


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

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

Phone: (360) 664-1550


You must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Able to read and write English
  • A citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Live in Washington State, or have a place of employment or practice in Washington

Washington Notary Stamp Requirements