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Become a Hawaii Notary Public

The Department of Attorney General in the State of Hawaii is the one in-charge of appointing and commissioning notaries public. Before proceeding with your application as a notary public in Hawaii, it is recommended that you review the Hawaii Notary Public Manual.

The following are the requirements in applying as a Hawaii Notary Public:

  1. 18 years and above
  2. A legal resident of Hawaii
  3. Never convicted of felony or perjury
  4. Must be able to read and write the English language

Steps to become a Hawaii Notary Public:

1. Obtain and complete the application form. Please follow all instructions stated in the form.

2. Pay a $10.00 application fee via company check, cashier's check, or money order (no personal checks) made payable to "State Director of Finance".

3. Wait for your approval from the Attorney General.

4. Take and pass the written examination. The coverage of the closed-book exam includes notary statutory laws and rules, duties and responsibilities, and other practical aspects related to notaries public.

5. Wait for your exam results, which will be mailed to you.

6. If you passed the exam, pay $40.00 for issuance of notary public commission.

7. Get a $1,000 surety bond from a surety bond company or insurance company.

8. File a photostatic or literal copy of your commission, an impression of your seal, and your official signature with your county's clerk of the circuit court.

Duties and Responsibilities

Your duties and responsibilities as a Hawaii Notary Public, under Hawaii law, includes:

  1. Taking acknowledgements;
  2. Administering oaths, affirmations, or affidavits;
  3. Taking deposition;
  4. Noting a protest

Term of Office

The term of office for a Hawaii Notary Public is four (4) years from the date of the notary's commission by the Attorney General.

Hawaii Notary Fees

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


$5 per signature. Includes a certificate and a duplicate.


$5.00 per Oath

Administering an Oath including a certificate


Affixing Certification of Oath or Acknowledgment

$2.50 for duplicates of the original beyond four.

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  3. Hawaii Notary Classes, Training, and Handbooks
  4. Hawaii Notary Seals and Supplies

For more information on how to become a Hawaii Notary, visit the Hawaii Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (808) 586-1216, or visit their office at 425 Queen Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

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