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Become a Kentucky Notary Public

The Administrative Services section of the Kentucky Secretary of State’s department is the office responsible for accepting applications for notary public in Kentucky. As a first time applicant, it is recommended that you review the Kentucky Notary Public Handbook.

To qualify as a Kentucky Notary Public, you must meet all the requirements stated below:

  1. At least 18 years old and above
  2. A legal resident of, or employed in, the state of Kentucky
  3. Able to read and write the English language
  4. Should have no record of major convictions

Steps to become a Kentucky Notary Public

1. Complete the application form for Notary Public State at Large. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

2. Have your application form signed by one of the following officials in your county: Circuit Judge, Circuit Clerk, County Judge/Executive, County Clerk, Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) or Member of the General Assembly.

3. Pay a $10.00 fee via check made payable to "Kentucky State Treasurer".

4. Submit the application form and fee to:

Office of the Secretary of State

Notary Division

PO Box 821

Frankfort, KY  40601

5. Once approved by the Secretary of State, a Certificate of Appointment will be sent to your county clerk. The clerk will then notify you to get your certificate at the clerk's office.

You have to get your certificate within 30 days and post bond, take the oath of office, and file your commission.

Term of Office

A notary public in the State of Kentucky is given a commission term of four (4) years.

Kentucky Notary Fees

As a Kentucky Notary Public, these are your fees for your notary service and other notarial acts:

Every attestation, protestation, or taking acknowledgment of any instrument of writing, and certifying the same under seal including, but not limited to, the notarization of votes of absentee voters.


Recording the same in book to be kept for that purpose.


Each notice of protest.


Administering an oath and certificate thereof.


Proof of Execution


Find a Notary in Kentucky

The Kentucky Secretary of State provides a notary portal, where you can search commissioned notaries from 1996 to present. For a quicker and easier way to find a notary in Kentucky, use FindNotary. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for Kentucky and the entire United States.


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For more information on how to become a Kentucky Notary, visit the Kentucky Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (502) 564-3490, or visit their office at 700 Capital Avenue, Suite 158, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

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