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Become an Illinois Notary Public

The Illinois Secretary of State's Index Department is the government office responsible in appointing and commissioning notaries public in the State of Illinois. Every notary public applicant is recommended to read the Illinois Notary Public Handbook.

To apply as a notary public in Illinois, you must be 18 years of age and above, a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of or employed in the State of Illinois for at least 30 days, able to read and write English, and should not have been convicted of felony or other major crime.

Steps to become an Illinois Notary Public

1. Fill out and complete the application form. Make sure to write your name on the form as you would like it to appear on your commission certificate. You are going to use the name listed on the certificate for all your notarization acts.

2. Enclose a $10.00 fee payable to “Secretary of State”.

3. Get a $5,000 notary bond from a surety or bonding company.

4. Submit your application form, application fee, and notary bond to:

Secretary of State

Index Department

Notary Section

111 East Monroe Street

Springfield, IL 62756

5. If approved, the Secretary of State forwards your commission to the county clerk in which you reside. The county clerk will then notify you of your commission.

Term of Office

The Secretary of State in Illinois gives every Illinois Notary Public a term of four (4) years, or one (1) year for non-residents.

Illinois Notary Fees

As an Illinois Notary Public, these are your fees for notarizations and other notarial acts:





Oaths & Affirmations



See state notary division website

Find a Notary in Illinois

A notary public search has been provided by the Secretary of State to look up or verify current or past commissions. You can also use FindNotary to find a notary in Illinois. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for Illinois and the entire United States.


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For more information on how to become an Illinois Notary, visit the Illinois Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (217) 782-7017, or visit their office at 111 E. Monroe St., Springfield, Illinois 62756.

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