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Become a Maine Notary Public

The Department of the Secretary of State, specifically the Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions, is the office responsible for appointing and commissioning notaries public in the State of Maine. As a notary public applicant, it is recommended that you first review the Maine Notary Public Handbook and Resource Guide.

Requirements in applying as a notary public in Maine:

  1. At least 18 years old
  2. Able to read and write the English language
  3. A legal resident in the State of Maine; a New Hampshire resident employed or conducting business in Maine
  4. Should have no major convictions

Steps to become a Maine Notary Public:

1. Complete the application forms (for Maine residents, for New Hampshire residents). Read and follow the instructions carefully.

2. Answer the included Notarial Law and Practices Knowledge Examination sheets.

3. Signed the application in the presence of a notary public. Then the Notary Public must affix his/her seal on the application.

4. Obtain the signature and municipal seal from your Municipal Clerk/Registrar of Voters, and a signature from any registered voter where you reside.

5. For New Hampshire residents, you must complete the special affidavits to verify employment or business in the State of Maine.

6. Pay the application fee of $50.00 made payable the Maine Secretary of State.

7. Submit the required documents and fee to:

Secretary of State

Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions

101 State House Station

Augusta, ME  04333-0101

8. If your application is approved, the Secretary of State will issue and send the commission paperwork to you.

Duties and Responsibilities

Aside from the usual notarial acts and services, a notary public in Maine has the power to officiate wedding ceremonies.

Term of Office

A notary public who is a resident of Maine is given a term of seven (7) years, while a New Hampshire resident has four (4) years.

Maine Notary Fees

As a Maine Notary Public, there are no set of scheduled fees for all notarial services, except for the specific $1.50 charge (4 M.R.S.A. Section 958) in the course of a lawsuit where you provide notification of parties, recording of proceedings and making certificates. For other notarial acts, you may charge fees at your own discretion.

Find a Notary in Maine

The Maine Department of State has provided an online tool for searching active notaries public in Maine. For a much easier way, you can use FindNotary in finding a notary in Maine. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for Maine and the entire United States.

Resources:

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

For more information on how to become a Maine Notary, visit the Maine Notary Public website at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/notary/index.html. You can also contact them at (207) 624-7736, or visit their office at Burton Cross Building, 111 Sewall St., 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine 04333.

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