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dfBecome an Iowa Notary Public

An Iowa Notary Public is a person appointed and commissioned by the Secretary of State in Iowa to perform notarial acts. As an Iowa Notary Public applicant, you are required to read the notary acts of the Iowa Code Chapter 9E.

The requirements for prospective Iowa notaries public are as follows:

  1. At least 18 years of age
  2. A legal resident of Iowa; if employed in Iowa, you should be a resident from a bordering state
  3. Never been convicted of felony
  4. Able to read and write English

Steps to become an Iowa Notary Public

1. Fill out and complete the application form for appointment as notary public.

2. Pay a filing fee of $30.00 via check payable to "Secretary of State". If you are a member of the general assembly (government employee), you are exempted in paying the filing fee.

3. Mail the completed application form together with the filing fee to:

Secretary of State

Notary Public Clerk

Lucas Building, 1st Floor

Des Moines, IA 50319

4. If approved by the Secretary of State, you will receive a certificate of commission.

Term of Office

Notaries public living in Iowa are given by the Secretary of State a term of three (3) years in office, while non-residents are given a one (1) year term. The term for notaries who are members of the general assembly corresponds to their term of office in the government.

Iowa Notary Fees

As an Iowa Notary Public, there are no set fees in doing notarial services; you may charge a reasonable fee for your services.


No set fee


No set fee

Oaths & Affirmations

No set fee

Copy Certification

$5.00 + $1.00 per page



Uncertified Copies

$1.00 per page

Find a Notary in Iowa

The Iowa Secretary of State has provided an online notary search page for looking up commissioned notaries public. You can also use FindNotary in finding a notary in Iowa. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for Iowa and the entire United States.


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  3. Iowa Notary Seals and Supplies

For more information on how to become an Iowa Notary, visit the Iowa Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (515) 281-5204, or visit their office at First Floor, Lucas Building, 321 E. 12th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

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