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Notary Services

STEP 1

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.

Download the Application

STEP 2

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.

Proceed to Step 3.

STEP 3

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.

Becoming a Notary

  • 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
  • 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.

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