Interested in Becoming a Florida Notary Public?

In the state of Florida, a notary public is commissioned, or licensed, by the government to be a state public officer. You will be responsible for administering oaths, taking acknowledgments of deeds and other instruments, attesting to and certifying photocopies of important documents, and more.

For one low cost, our FL notary registration course offers:

Step-by-step instructions on how to complete your FL notary application

Online prompts to help you fill out the required information

The FL notary course to fulfill your state requirements

The ability to complete the Florida notary application at your own pace

A safe and secure system that protects your personal information

An automatically prepared notary application and associated documents

The Florida Notary Service is recognized by the state of Florida as a notary bonding agency and will guide you through the entire application process. The state of Florida does not issue applications for individuals interested in becoming notaries — only state recognized bonding agencies do that.

All you have to do is meet the requirements, fill out the application, print it and mail it to our office. We’ll process it with the state of Florida for you and send you a self-inking notary stamp and a journal for notary recording.

What Is Included in Our Florida Notary Service?

Our notary registration service includes everything you need to become a notary in Florida:

  1. The $39 State Filing Fee
  2. FL Notary Course
  3. A Notary Commission Certificate
  4. A $7,500 required Notary Bond (a savings of over $40)
  5. A Self-inking Stamp
  6. A Notary Public Log Book

How to Become a Florida Notary

Become a notary in the state of Florida by following these four easy steps:

  1. Read Chapter 117 of the current Florida statutes.
  2. Take the mandatory FL notary course.
  3. Submit your application through the Florida Notary Service.
  4. Purchase a notary stamp or seal.

Step 1: Read Chapter 117

Before you start your notary application, read and become familiar with Chapter 117 of the current Florida statutes. Chapter 117 provides an overview on the Florida notary application process, notary responsibilities and what a notary can and cannot do under oath. According to the FL statute, “As part of the oath, the applicant must swear that he or she has read this chapter and knows the duties, responsibilities, limitations, and powers of a notary public.”

Step 2: Take the Mandatory Three-Hour FL Notary Course

You can take the interactive education program designed for first time applicants for a Florida notary commission here. Our notary package includes this course without any additional cost.

Once you complete the FL notary course, you’ll receive a certificate of course completion that will need to be signed and submitted to the American Association of Notaries. According to Florida’s Electronic Commerce Bill, first time applicants must submit proof that they’ve completed three hours of classroom instruction within one year prior to submitting a notary application.

Step 3: Submit Your Application with the Florida Notary Service

The state of Florida does not issue notary public applications. You can only obtain one through a bonding agency, such as the Florida Notary Service.

Your application should include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Residence address and telephone number
  • Business address and telephone number
  • Date of birth, race and sex
  • Social security number and citizenship status
  • Driver license number or the number of other official state-issued identification
  • Affidavit of good character from someone unrelated to the you who has known you for one year or more
  • A list of all professional licenses and commissions issued by the state during the previous ten years and a statement as to whether or not you have had such license or commission revoked or suspended
  • A statement as to whether or not you have been convicted of a felony, and, if there has been a conviction, a statement of the nature of the felony and restoration of civil rights

In addition to the application, our notary package offers:

  • The required $7,500 notary public bond – This minimum four-year bond protects against damage a notary may cause.
  • Your $39 Department of State filing fee – This is covered in the cost of your package.
  • An official self-inking seal stamp – Our notary package provides a self-inking stamp, so you will not need to purchase this separately. You also have the option of adding other notary supplies.

Once you finish your application, we will process it with the state of Florida on your behalf. You may be required to provide proof that you meet the state residency and age requirements, which could include your driver’s license, voters registration or birth certificate. If you’re not a U.S. Citizen, you’ll need to file a Declaration of Domicile at your county seat.

If you are renewing your notary, you will need to submit a renewal application through the Florida Notary Service. You do not have to take the FL notary course again.

Step 4: Purchase a Notary Stamp or Seal

In Florida, your governor determines who is approved to become a notary. If you are approved, we will send you your commission seal and a self-inking stamp and you’ll be ready to start working in Florida.

If you are not approved, the state of Florida will let you know whether you’ve been denied or rejected. If you are denied, the state will not offer you an explanation. You can apply again once you wait a full year.

If you are rejected, the Governor’s Office will offer you a reason for your rejection (like missing documentation). Once you’ve received your rejection and corrected your mistake, you can apply again immediately. Our notary package will help ensure you’ve provided everything you need on your application to avoid it being rejected.

Florida Notary: Frequently Asked Questions

What responsibilities do notary publics have?

Notaries protect against fraud and ensure that signers (of wills, marriage, licenses, property deeds, powers of attorney, etc.) understand what they are signing and are signing willingly.

In the state of Florida, notaries are also responsible for taking acknowledgments, administering oaths and affirmations, make attested photocopies, solemnizing marriages, verifying vehicle identification numbers and certifying contents of safe deposit boxes.

Why should I become a notary?

  1. You can make extra income. Although as a notary, you are a public official, you can (and are expected to) charge for your services. That money doesn’t go through the state of Florida, it goes directly in your pocket. In Florida, you can charge $10 per signature.
  2. You will become more competitive in the job market. From the government sector to the tech world, the fact that you’re a notary makes you a more attractive candidate for potential jobs. Whether you’re notarizing documents for your boss and colleagues or for customers, notary commission is incredibly marketable. You should definitely put it on your resume.
  3. You can work on your own time. Notaries make their own schedules. Whether you’re planning on notarizing full time or part-time, you can work wherever and whenever you choose.
  4. You’ll always have job stability. Regardless of the state of the economy, people always need notaries.
  5. You’re performing a public service. As a notary, it is your responsibility to stop fraudulent transactions and uphold the authenticity of documentation. Not only will you make extra money, you’ll be providing an important service to your community.

Who can become a notary in Florida?

According to current Florida statutes, you must meet the following requirements before becoming a notary public:

  1. You must be at least 18 years old.
  2. You must be a legal resident of the state.
  3. You must live in Florida for the entire term of employment.
  4. You cannot be a felon. If you are, you must present a statement of the nature of the felony and  documentation of the restoration of your civil rights.

Do you need to be a citizen to become a notary in Florida?

You have to be a legal resident of the state of Florida, but you do not necessarily need to be a citizen of the United States.

When notarizing a signature, what elements must be included in my notarial certificate?

According to the state of Florida, the following elements have to be included whenever you’re notarizing a signature:

  1. The venue where the notarization takes place (the county and the state).
  2. The type of notarial act performed. This means you have to explain whether you administered an oath to the document signer or took his or her acknowledgment. When determining this, try to look for two key words — either “sworn to” or “acknowledged”).
  3. Whether or not the document signer personally appeared before you at the time of the notarization (this is usually indicated by the words “before me”).
  4. The full date of the notarization.
  5. The name of the person(s) whose signature is being notarized.
  6. The type of identification relied upon in identifying the signer. This can either based on personal knowledge (they are a friend or colleague) or an acceptable form of identification (like a license or passport).
  7. Your signature as the notary (exactly as commissioned).
  8. Your name printed, typed, or stamped below the signature
  9. Your official seal as a Florida Notary. The seal must contain the words “Notary Public-State of Florida,” and your name, your commission’s expiration date, and your commission number must be affixed in black ink.

How long does a Florida Notary Commission last?

A Florida Notary Commission lasts four years.

May I refuse to provide notary services?

Yes. In fact, according to Florida state law, you must refuse in the following scenarios:

  1. If the signer is not present
  2. If the document is incomplete or blank
  3. If you are the signer
  4. If the signer is your spouse, parent or child
  5. If the signer has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated and has not been restored to capacity as a matter of record
  6. If you do not personally know the signer and the signer cannot produce acceptable identification
  7. If you are a party to the underlying transaction or have a financial interest in it
  8. If the signer does not speak English and there is no one available to translate the document into a language the signer understands
  9. If you believe that the signer is being coerced or does not understand the consequences of signing the document
  10. If the signer appears to be drunk, sedated or disoriented
  11. If you know or suspect that the transaction is illegal, false or deceptive

You are allowed (but not required) to refuse services for the following reasons:

  1. If the signer cannot pay your fee for services
  2. If it is before or after your regular office hours
  3. If it is a holiday
  4. If you are busy with other work or activities
  5. If you would be inconvenienced
  6. If you are sick
  7. If you are not comfortable with the request
  8. If the signer is a minor
  9. If the document is written in a foreign language that you do not understand
  10. If you are requested to travel to another location

Is there any way to lose your notary commission?

According to Florida legal statutes, a governor may suspend a notary public for the following reasons:

  1. A false statement on the application.
  2. A complaint found to have merit by the Governor.
  3. Failure to cooperate or respond to an investigation by the Governor’s office or the Department of State regarding a complaint.
  4. Falsifying (or causing another person to falsify) any official records or documents.
  5. Concealing, covering up, destroying or altering any official record or official document.
  6. Obstructing, delaying or preventing the communication of information relating to the commission of a felony that directly involves or affects a government entity.
  7. False or misleading advertising relating to notary public services.
  8. Unauthorized practice of law.
  9. Failure to report a change in business or home address or telephone number, or failure to submit documentation to request an amended commission after a lawful name change, within the specified period of time.
  10. Commission of fraud, misrepresentation or any intentional violation of notary public services.
  11. Charging fees in excess of authorized fees.
  12. Failure to maintain the required bond.

What is a surety sond?

A surety bond ensures that if a person loses money because of a notary’s misconduct or fraud, they will be reimbursed up to the bond’s limit. The state of Florida requires that notaries carry a $7,500 bond for a minimum of four years.

The purpose of a surety bond is to protect the general public, not the notary. If, for any reason, the bond has to be used, the notary is responsible for paying back the damages.

How do I renew my Florida Notary Commission?

To renew your notary commission, you simply re-submit an application through a notary bonding agency such as Florida Notary Service and wait again for the Governor’s acceptance. It is virtually the exact same process as your original application, but you are not required to take the FL notary course again.

You can renew your notary registration here.

Is a marriage ceremony performed by a notary public of the State of Florida "legal and binding"?

Yes. The couple must obtain a marriage certificate in the state of Florida beforehand, but a marriage ceremony performed by a notary is legal and binding. Florida is one of three states that allows notaries public to “solemnize the rites of matrimony.” The other two are South Carolina and Maine. The marriage is not legally binding if:

  1. The marriage certificate is from another state.
  2. The marriage is conducted by a Florida notary public in a state other than Florida.

Can notaries perform marriages for members of his or her own family?

Yes. The rules that disallow notaries from notarizing forms where a signer is a spouse, parent, or child do not apply in marriage contexts because you are not notarizing a signature. Instead, you’re simply certifying that the couple has been married in the state of Florida.

What happens if I move?

Simply notify the Department of State (in Florida) that you are changing your address within 60 days. This goes for when you change your business address or your home or business telephone number as well. You are also required to report within 60 days if you’ve been convicted of a crime.