The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is responsible for the commissioning
of Notaries Public in Virginia, pursuant to Section 47.1-8 of the Code of Virginia. At
any given time, approximately 120,000 Virginians are commissioned as a Notary
I would like to become a notary:
Anyone wishing to become a notary public for
the Commonwealth of Virginia must submit a completed application for appointment
as notary to the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth along with a fee
of $35.00 made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. Notary applications are
available below or at your local circuit court.
When completing the application,
please note that Part 2 must be completed by an official empowered to take
oaths such as a Notary, Deputy Clerk, or Clerk of the Court. Part 3 of
the application requires that you have two registered voters of the Commonwealth
complete that section. Part 4 of the application
must be completed by a Judge, Clerk or Deputy Clerk of a Virginia Court, a Commonwealth's
Attorney or any of his assistants, the Attorney General or any of his assistants
or a member of the General Assembly. If the applicant does not know any of these
individuals, they may simply present themselves to any court and the clerk or
deputy clerk will complete the section for them. The purpose of the recommendation
is to ensure that the applicant is the person they claim to be.
should receive notice that their application has been approved within 3 weeks
of receipt. The notary then has sixty days to present themselves to the court
of their choosing to take their oath of office and pick up their commission
certificate. At that time, the clerk of court will require
an additional fee of $10.00 which should be made payable to the court.
as notary is good for four years. The process for renewing
a commission is the same as applying for an original commission.
Please note, if you are a notary whose commission expires in January, submit
your application in January. Applications received prior to January will be processed
in a way wherein your commission will expire one year earlier than anticipated.
I would like help in acquiring contact information for a notary who notarized
documents for me in the past:
Anyone may request the address and telephone number of a notary by submitting
a letter of request stating the name of the notary and the reason for request
to the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
I would like to acquire formal verification of a notary:
Our office will provide
a formal letter stating both the notary's commission date and expiration date.
Verification can be made on all active and expired commissions dating back
I would like to file a complaint against a notary:
Anyone who wishes to make a formal complaint against a notary public for incorrectly
performing a notorial act must submit in writing a brief description detailing
the complaint and a copy of the notarized document in question. Once the complaint
is received the notary department will determine if a violation has been committed.
If the complaint is deemed valid, the notary will receive a letter advising
them that an investigation has been initiated. The Notary Specialist will schedule
an informal hearing where the both parties will be given the opportunity to
explain their positions. If either party is unable to attend, a written account
will be accepted and read at the hearing. The Secretary of the Commonwealth
then has 90 days to render a decision of which the notary will receive written
notice. A copy will be sent to the complainant upon request.