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Become a Notary Public in Florida: Step-by-Step Guide and Requirements

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to become a notary in Florida, based on the provided information:

Step 1: Eligibility
  • To become a notary public in Florida, you must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the state. Permanent resident aliens can also apply but must submit a recorded Declaration of Domicile.
  • You must maintain your residency in Florida throughout your notary term.
  • Proficiency in the English language is required, including the ability to read, write, and understand English.
Step 2: Notary Education Course (For New Notaries Only)
  • Before applying for a notary commission, if you are a new notary, you must complete a mandatory 3-hour notary education course.
  • Ensure that you have successfully completed this education course as it is a prerequisite for obtaining your notary commission.
  • This course covers Chapter 117 of Florida law, which outlines the duties, responsibilities, limitations, and powers of a notary public.
Step 3: Application
  • Complete the application for notary public appointment. The application must be signed and sworn to by you.
  • Include a fee of $25 for the application, along with a $10 commission fee (as required by s. 113.01).
  • Additionally, include a surcharge of $4. This $4 surcharge goes to the Executive Office of the Governor to support notary education and assistance programs.
  • If you are a qualifying veteran with a disability rating of 50 percent or more, you may be exempt from the commission fee.
  • You may not use a fictitious or assumed name on the application.
  • You will need to provide an affidavit of good character from someone unrelated to you who has known you for at least one year.

Step 4: Oath, Notary Bond, and Surety Bond
  • Include the oath of office, notary bond/surety bond along with your application.
  • The oath and notary bond are in a form prescribed by the Department of State, containing information about your responsibilities and duties as a notary.
  • You must obtain a surety bond in the amount of $7,500, payable to any individual harmed due to a breach of duty in your official capacity.
  • The bond will be issued by American Surety Company at (972) 893-4009
Step 5: Submission
  • Submit the packet below along with all the Certificate of Completion for Notary Education Course, and Fees to the bonding agency American Surety Company    (972) 893-4009 by mail.  See address in packet.

Errors & Omissions Insurance: Optional But Recommended!
  • It protects individuals and businesses, including notaries, from financial losses due to errors, omissions, or negligence in their services.
  • E&O insurance is highly recommended for notaries because it provides protection against claims arising from mistakes or oversights in notarial actions.
  • It covers legal expenses, settlements, or judgments related to such claims.
  • E&O insurance helps safeguard notaries' personal assets and maintains their professional reputation.
  • Given the legal liabilities in notarial work, having E&O insurance is a responsible choice for peace of mind and financial security in case of disputes.

Notary Supplies
Click below to order your FL notary supply bundle (journal, stamp, bag). This is the supplies you will need after receiving your notary commission certificate. Please note: You will not be able to order your notary stamp until you have been approved and commissioned by the state.  You will need your commission number and commission expire date.