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Become a Florida Notary Public

To apply as a notary public in Florida, you must first find a bonding company that is approved by the Florida Department of State, Notary Commissions and Certifications Section as the State does not directly hand out applications. The bonding company provides all the processing of your notary public application.

To qualify as a Florida Notary Public, you must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Florida, able to read and write English, and most of all, no major convictions whatsoever.

Steps to become a Florida Notary Public:

1. Attend and complete a 3-hour notary education course. You may choose one from the list of approved Florida notary education providers.

2. Select a Florida bonding company from the list of approved notary processors. Your chosen bonding agency is going to be the one to electronically transmit your notary application for a fee. You may want to check each of the approved agencies to compare the best price and services. The State's $39 application fee is fixed by law.

3. If your application is approved, the Department of State will mail your commission certificate to your bonding company. The company will then forward the certificate to you.

Term of Office

A four-year commission term is given by the Department of State to each successful Florida Notary Public candidates.

Florida Notary Fees

As a Florida Notary Public, these are your fees for notarizations and other notarial acts:

Acknowledgments

$10.00 per act

Jurats

$10.00

Oaths & Affirmations

$10.00

Attesting to Photocopies

Solemnizing Marriages

$30.00

Verification of VINs

$10.00 per act

Certifying contents of safe-deposit boxes

See state notary division website.

Find a Notary in Florida

To look up commissioned notaries in Florida, you may inquire through the Florida Department of State's notary search tool. For an easier alternative, you may use FindNotary to find a notary public in Florida. FindNotary automatically provides a list of notaries near your location.

Resources:

  1. Florida Notary Public Services
  2. Florida Notary Classes, Training, and Handbooks
  3. Florida Notary Seals and Supplies

For more information on how to become a Florida Notary, visit the Florida Notary Public website at http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/. You may also contact them at (850) 245-6000, or visit their office at 2661 Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.

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