Apply for Your State of Texas Notary Renewal
Register here to gain access to a quick and affordable application process for your Texas notary public renewal. NotaryofAmerica.com offers instructions and required notary documents and supplies so that you can quickly receive your commission and resume your notarial acts.
Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a TX Notary
Can a notary perform notarial acts in other counties of Texas?
Yes, a notary can carry out their duties throughout the entire state of Texas as long as they remain a resident within the state.
Is error and omission insurance included in the notary package?
No, an error and omissions insurance policy is not included. However, you can purchase this insurance through NotaryofAmerica.com for a small fee.
It is important to remember that your notary bond does not protect the notary, but rather it protects the notary’s clients. Error and omissions insurance is a great way to protect yourself from costly errors that occur during notarization.
What training is required for notary renewal applicants in Texas?
Though some states require notary training courses, Texas does not currently require training to apply as a notary public. However, NotaryofAmerica.com offers additional educational resources and courses for continued learning. The Texas notary public renewal package includes many of the online, state educational resources for free.
Can a notary give legal advice or prepare legal documents?
No. A notary cannot give legal advice, nor can a notary prepare or change legal documents. A notary cannot alter any documents presented by the signer or grantor.
Is it OK to notarize documents presented by a relative or spouse?
Yes. However, as a notary, you may not perform a notarization on an instrument of which you have personal or financial interest.
Can I change my name once I have received my notary commission?
Yes. In the event of a name change, you must submit the following information as is protocol:
- A name change application (Form 2305) to the Texas Secretary of State
- Your certificate of commission
- A rider or endorsement from an insurance agency or surety company that shows the name change
- A $20 filing fee
What is the procedure for a change of address?
Failure to report a change of address can result in the revocation of your notary commission. In order to comply with state rules, you must submit the following information to the Texas Secretary of State within 10 days:
- A Notary Public Change of Address Form
- Or, a letter with your name, social security number, old address and new address
- Or, file online
Do I have to renew my notary appointment if I change my place of employment?
Your employer does not own the rights to your notary commission even if that commission was paid for by the employer. Therefore, you may change your place of employment without penalty as long as your residence remains in the state of Texas.
Will my notary status be public or searchable?
Employers and other individuals can look up any notary public through the Secretary of State’s registry. This information can be searched based on your name, county, zip code and notary identification number.
What is the American Association of Notaries? Is it associated with the state of Texas or the Secretary of State?
The American Association of Notaries is not connected to any federal or state agencies, nor is it required to become or remain a notary. It is a national subscription that offers its members quarterly information on new trends and law updates, materials and training specials, event reminders and marketing services.
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Texas Secretary of State: https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/notaries/NotarySearch.asp