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Become a West Virginia Notary Public

Notary public applications in the State of West Virginia are administered by the Secretary of State, while notary public commissions are issued by the Governor. If this is your first time to apply, you are required to review the West Virginia Notary Handbook.

Requirements to become a notary public in West Virginia:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older
  2. A resident or employed in West Virginia
  3. Able to speak, read, and write the English language
  4. No felony convictions

Steps to become a West Virginia Notary Public:

1. Read and understand the West Virginia Code.

2. Download and complete the Application for Appointment as a Notary Public Form. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

3. Prepare a $52.00 fee via check or money order made payable to "Secretary of State".

4. Submit your completed application and fee to:

WV Secretary of State

Notary Division

Bldg. 1, Suite 157-K

1900 Kanawha Blvd. East

Charleston, WV  25305-0770

5. Wait for your commission letter containing the information for your seal.

6. Obtain a rubber stamp seal using the exact information stated on the commission letter.

7. Affix your seal on the commission letter and mail it back to the Secretary of State's Office.

8. Once everything is complete, your Notary Commission Certificate will be delivered to you.

Term of Office

The commission for notaries public in West Virginia is valid for 10 years.

West Virginia Notary Fees

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

Acknowledgments

$2.00

Jurats

$2.00

Non-Certified Copies

$2.00

Oaths & Affirmations

$2.00

Other Acts

$2.00

Find a Notary in West Virginia

The Secretary of State's website has provided a way to search for notaries public by using their Notary Information System. Finding a commissioned notary in West Virginia is made easier with FindNotary. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for West Virginia and the entire United States.

Resources:

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

For more information on how to become a West Virginia Notary, visit the West Virginia Notary Public website at http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/notaries/Pages/default.aspx. You can also contact them at (304) 558-6000, or visit their office at Capitol Complex Building 1, Suite 157-K, 1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25305.

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