How to become a Notary Public
The process to become a Notary Public begins with the Office of the Secretary of State. To begin, visit the SOS website to download the application form. You may also call their office at 217-782-7017, and have one sent to you.
Notaries are appointed by the Secretary of State for a four year term.
An applicant for an appointment must be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, be a resident of the State of Illinois for at least 30 days, be at least 18 years of age, be able to read and write the English language, have not been convicted of a felony, and have not had a notary commission revoked during the past 10 years.
An applicant must complete the application form provided by the Secretary of State and must obtain a notary bond valued at $5,000 from a bonding or surety company. Once approved the commission will be mailed to the county clerk in which the applicant resides. There it must be recorded before the applicant is officially a notary.
The Office of the Secretary of State will mail our office your commission certificate. Once in hand, we will mail you a signature slip to sign. You must sign this slip and return it to our office in order to receive your commission.
Processing your commission requires that you return your signature slip by mail or in person. There is a $10 fee for mail processing and a $5 in person fee for processing the signature slip. Once payment has been received, your commission is mailed to you.
- Find a Notary in Illinois
- Frequently Asked Questions About Notary Publics
- Publications and Forms
- Notary Public Handbook