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Easy, Online State of Texas Notary Renewal

Renew Your Notary Certification in Texas

American Safety Council® offers a quick application process for a state of Texas notary renewal on NotaryofAmerica.com. The online renewal package provides all supplies that a notary public will need to carry out their notarial duties, as well as helpful guidance through the application. In four steps, you can renew your notary appointment and continue your professional growth.

Why Renew My Status as a Texas Notary Public?

The Texas Secretary of State does not automatically renew an appointment for a notary public at the time of expiration. The notary republic must reapply using the same procedure that is used for a first-time notary.

A notary is useful and often required in many workplaces, such as government offices, law firms, insurance companies and real estate offices when buying a home. These businesses or government organizations need a fair witness to prevent fraud and forgery on important or legal documents. As a notary public, you provide a service that adds value to your position and to your employer.

A notary may also benefit from a renewal when transitioning to self-employment or when the demand for notarial services exists outside of the chief workplace. A mobile notary business is an example of an entrepreneurial endeavor that notaries public use to market and gain from their services. This opens the door to additional financial and professional opportunities.

When Should I Renew My Appointment as a Notary?

Employees who are currently serving as notaries public should renew their appointments within 90 days of expiration. This gives applicants enough time to receive their new notary commission before the current one is invalidated. We recommend starting this renewal process three months before the expiration date.

The Process for a State of Texas Notary Renewal

Texas Notary Public Eligibility

The state of Texas requires that each notary be at least 18 years old, have residency in Texas and have no prior final conviction for a crime—specifically crimes that demonstrate moral corruption or a felony.

Four Steps to Renew Your Notary

There are four simple steps for notary renewal. These steps are the same for individuals who are becoming a Texas notary public for the first time. The steps are as follows:

  1. Complete the proper application form
  2. Provide proof of a $10,000 notary bond
  3. Submit application and filing fee of $21
  4. Take an official oath of office

Once these steps are complete, the notary can update the official seal and notary journal.

What Is Included in the Notary Renewal Package?

  • State filing fee
  • $10,000 notary/surety bond
  • Four-year commission (term)
  • Custom self-inking notary stamp
  • Log book
  • Texas Notary Service Application Wizard
  • Free online access to state educational resources
  • Same features offered to a first-time notary

Simplify the Notary Process with Special Benefits

When you use NotaryofAmerica.com’s application service, you will have access to benefits that save time and money. Applicants can take advantage of a service that provides helpful guidance and tailors its notary package to meet the needs of each state. The following are benefits that notaries will receive when getting their state of Texas notary renewal.

Step-by-step Instructions

Understand what is required for each step of the application.

Online Prompts

Prompts assist you with entering required information into the application form so you won’t miss a step.

Flexibility

Complete the application on a timeline that works for you. Finish in as little as five minutes.

Secure System

Private or personal information entered online is safe and secure.

Affordable

Receive everything you need for one low cost.

Efficiency

Notary applications and associated documents are automatically prepared for you.

Customer Service

Have any and all questions answered by email or phone.

Texas State Requirements for Notary Applicants

NotaryofAmerica.com complies with all state policies for Texas notary renewal as outlined by the Texas Secretary of State. Each step that notary applicants complete will fulfill the requirements of a Texas notary. This section provides further details of the four-step process and how this renewal service assists in the process.

  1. The Application Form
  2. Proof of Notary Bond
  3. Submit Notary Application and Filing Fee
  4. Take an Oath of Office

Step One: The Application Form

NotaryofAmerica.com assists applicants with a form that is approved by the Texas Secretary of State. According to the Secretary of State, you must renew your Texas notary public appointment by completing Form 2301. Your application form will prompt you to include all of the necessary information needed to be approved for your new commission. Texas also allows you to include your email address in your application to receive your commission by email. This speeds up the process substantially.

Step Two: Proof of Notary Bond

A notary bond is necessary to insure your clients against errors committed while notarizing important legal documents. It is mandatory to show proof of a $10,000 notary or surety bond provided by an insurance agency or surety company. By applying for your state of Texas notary renewal with NotaryofAmerica.com, your notary bond will automatically be provided to you without the need to approach a surety company on your own.

Step Three: Submit Notary Application and Filing Fee

Your notary application, bond form and mandatory $21 state filing fee need to be mailed to the Texas Secretary of State for approval and commission. NotaryofAmerica.com makes this step easy by doing much of the work for you. Notary applicants can print, sign and mail their application to the address provided and the rest will be taken care of, including the state filing fee and proof of notary bond.

Step Four: Take an Oath of Office

Once you are approved and your notary renewal is commissioned, you will be required to have your certificate stamped and signed by a notary public. After you take your official oath, your notary will be officially renewed and you can continue your notarial acts.

Notary Supplies and Requirements

Two items are mandatory to notarize documents in the state of Texas:

  • Customized notary seal (also known as a notary stamp)
  • Notary journal or log book

You will receive a customized notary stamp that meets the following state requirements:

Notary Stamp Requirements

  • Includes the words “Notary Public, State of Texas” around a star of five points
  • Your name
  • Date of commission expiration
  • Notary ID number
  • Serrated border in the shape of a circle with a two-inch diameter or a rectangle that is one inch by two and one-half inches

You will also receive a notary log book with which you are required to document each notarial act with the following information:

Documenting Notarial Acts

  • The date of each notarized instrument
  • The date of notarization
  • Name of the signer, grantor or document creator
  • Mailing address of the signer, grantor or creator
  • Whether or not the signer produced an identification card or passport issued by a US federal or state agency
  • Whether or not the notary public personally knows the signer, and if not, the name and mailing address of the individual who introduced the signer
  • Name and mailing address of the grantee
  • Any land conveyed by the document and the name of the original grantee and county of land location
  • Brief description of the document or instrument

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.

Sources:

Texas Secretary of State: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/index.html

Texas Secretary of State: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/faqs2300.shtml#np3

Texas Secretary of State: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/notary-public.shtml

Texas Secretary of State: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/edinfo.shtml#Notary

Texas Secretary of State: https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/notaries/NotarySearch.asp