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Become a District of Columbia Notary Public

The Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications in the District of Columbia's Office of the Secretary is the one responsible for certifying individuals who are interested to become a notary public.

Prior to completing the application process, you are required to comply with the following qualifications:

  1. Minimum age of 18 years
  2. A legal resident or an employee in the District of Columbia
  3. Able to read and write English
  4. Should not have any major convictions
  5. A bond of $2,000

Steps to become a District of Columbia Notary Public:

1. Read the DC Notary Public Handbook.

2. Fill out and complete the application form. If you're near the Office of the Secretary, you can get a copy at 441 4th Street, NW Room 810S, or you can download the notary application form.

3. Secure a copy from your employer a letter of request stating the reason for notary services. If you're self-employed, you can create a request using a letterhead.

4. Pay the $75.00 commission fee via check or money order made payable to "DC Treasurer"

5. Mail all the required documents and payment to:

Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications

441 4th Street, NW

Room 810S

Washington, DC 20001

6. Wait for the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications to contact you with your orientation schedule.

Term of Office

The commission term for any District of Columbia Notary Public is five (5) years.

District of Columbia Notary Fees

As a District of Columbia Notary Public, these are the fees for notarizations and other notarial acts:

Acknowledgements

$2.00 per notarized signature

Jurats

$2.00 per signature

Oaths & Affirmations & Other acts

$2.00 per act

Witnessing Signatures

$2.00 per act

Attesting to Signatures

$2.00 per act

Protests

$2.00 per act

Proofs of execution

$2.00 per act

There are no fees for acts performed by government only notaries

No Fee

Find a Notary in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia provides an online search page for finding data about notaries public near your location. As an alternative, FindNotary offers a much easier way to find a notary in Washington, DC. FindNotary automatically detects your location and then generates a list of all notaries public in your area.

Resources:

  1. District of Columbia Notary Public Services
  2. District of Columbia Notary Classes, Training, and Handbooks
  3. District of Columbia Notary Seals and Supplies

For more information on how to become a Washington, DC Notary, visit the District of Columbia Notary Public website at http://os.dc.gov/os/cwp/view,a,1207,q,522462,osNav,%7C31374%7C.asp. You can also contact them at (202) 727-3117 or visit their office at 441 4th Street, NW, Room 810S, Washington, District of Columbia 20001.

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