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Become a North Carolina Notary Public

The Notary Public Section of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State is the one responsible in commissioning notaries public in North Carolina. As a first time candidate, you are recommended to read the Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina.

Requirements to become a notary public in North Carolina:

  1. At least 18 years old
  2. A resident or employed in the State of North Carolina
  3. Able to speak, read, and write the English language
  4. A high school diploma or equivalent
  5. No major conviction

Steps to become a North Carolina Notary Public:

1. Take the Notary Public Course at a local community college in your area.

2. Get the North Carolina Notary Public Guidebook.

3. Pass the Notary Public Exam. Passing score is 80 percent.

4. Complete the Notary Public Application Form. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

5. Prepare a $50.00 registration fee.

6. Submit your completed application and fee to:

NC Secretary of State

PO Box 29626

Raleigh, NC 27626

7. Once your application is approved, the Secretary of State's Office will send a Notary Oath Notification Letter to you.

Term of Office

The term of office for each notary public in North Carolina is five (5) years.

North Carolina Notary Fees

As a notary public in North Carolina, these are the fees for notarial services and other notarial acts:


$5.00 per principal signature


$5.00 per principal signature


$5.00 per principal signature

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For more information on how to become a North Carolina Notary, visit the North Carolina Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (919) 807-2219, or visit their office at 2 South Salisbury St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

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