Become a Maryland Notary Public

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Maryland Notary Commission Overview

The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of Maryland is detailed below. Once you are ready to shop for supplies, simply visit our store. As a national provider of notary supplies, notary bonds, insurance, and training, has pretty much everything you need to become a Maryland notary public.


Importance of Maryland Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of Maryland, you have UNLIMITED financial liability on EVERY document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Maryland Online Notary Course is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way for you to learn what to do and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public, you should spend some time learning the laws. 

How to Become a Notary Public in Maryland

Step-by-Step Instructions

Become a Maryland Notary Public

1. Make sure you meet the requirements to become a notary in Maryland (see below).

2. Order the Maryland Notary Public Handbook and review it.

3. Find three personal character references. 

4. Complete a notary training course and pass a notary exam.

5. Complete the Maryland Notary Public Application.

6. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email informing you to appear before your county clerk within 30 days to take your oath of office, pay the $11 filing fee, and retrieve your commission certificate. 

7. Purchase your Maryland notary seal and notary journal.

Congratulations! You are now a Maryland notary.


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Required
Application Fee: $9+$2
Other: Background Check

Office of Secretary of State
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-974-5520 or 888-874-0013 ext. 3861 (toll free in Maryland)

To be appointed as a notary public, an individual must:

1. be at least 18 years old;
2. be of good moral character and integrity;
3. be a resident of the state; or have a place of employment or practice in the State;
4. if living in the State, must be appointed by the senator representing the district in which you live; and if living outside the State, be a resident of a state that allows Maryland residents working in that state to serve as notaries public in that state; and
5. effective October 1, 2021: all new notary applicants, must complete a Course of Study and pass an examination; all renewal applicants, must complete a Course of Study and pass an examination.