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Become a Maryland Notary Public

The appointment of a notary public in the State of Maryland is made in the Office of the Secretary of State. To apply as a notary public in Maryland, it is important that you review the Handbook for Maryland Notaries Public to fully understand the duties and responsibilities of a notary public.

In applying for a notary public position in Maryland, you must be:

  1. At least 18 years old
  2. A legal resident or employed in the State of Maryland
  3. Of good moral character, integrity and abilities

Steps to become a Maryland Notary Public:

1. Complete the application form. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

2. Attached a copy of your driver's license or any valid I.D. as verification of your residency.

3. Pay a $20.00 fee via check or money order made payable to "Secretary of State".

4. Submit the required documents and fee to :

Notary Division

Office of the Secretary of State

State House

Annapolis MD 21401

The Secretary of State reviews your application and then forwards it to your State Senator for recommendation. If the Senator recommends you, the Secretary of State issues your commission and forwards it to your county's Clerk of the Circuit Court. The Notary Division will then send a postcard with notification that you have been commissioned as a Maryland Notary Public.

Duties and Responsibilities

A notary public in Maryland has the power to act as a witness, receive acknowledgment, administer oaths, make protests and declarations, complete a certificate, and certify a copy.

Term of Office

The Secretary of State gives each commissioned notary public in Maryland a term of four (4) years.

Maryland Notary Fees

As a notary public in Maryland, these are your fees for your notary service and other notarial acts:





Oaths & Affirmations


Acting as an Official Witness


Certified Copies




Notarizing Copies

$1.00 for each additional signature on each copy & $1 for making copies (per copy)

Find a Notary in Maryland

To look for an active notary in Maryland, the Office of the Secretary of State has provided a searchable notary public database. For an easier way to find a notary in Maryland, you can visit FindNotary. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for Maryland and the entire United States.


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

For more information on how to become a Maryland Notary, visit the Maryland Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (410) 974-5521, or visit their office at 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

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