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Become a Virginia Notary Public

The office responsible for the appointment and commissioning of notaries public in Virginia is the Secretary of Commonwealth.  The Virginia Notary Handbook is a useful guide for first time applicants in understanding all the duties and responsibilities of a notary public.

It is important to note that there are two types of notary public commissions: traditional and electronic. The latter has the power to notarize electronic documents. To become an electronic notary public, you must first be appointed as traditional notary public.

Requirements to become a notary public in Virginia:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older
  2. A resident or an employee in the State of virginia
  3. Able to speak, read, and write English
  4. Never been convicted of a felony

Steps to become a Virginia Notary Public:

1. Take the Online Notary Application Wizard. If you have trouble using the online application, you can download the PDF file here. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

2. Prepare a $45.00 fee via check or money order made payable to "Treasurer of Virginia".

3. Submit your completed application and fee to:

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Notary Division

P.O. Box 1795

Richmond, VA 23218­1795

4. Once your application is approved by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, you will receive your commission certificate.

If you are interested to become a Virginia electronic notary public, follow this Electronic Notary Application instructions.

Term of Office

Your commission as a notary public in Virginia is good for four (4) years.

Virginia Notary Fees

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





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For more information on how to become a Virginia Notary, visit the Virginia Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (804) 692-2536, or visit their office at 1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

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