Become a Virginia Notary Public

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Virginia Notary Commission Overview

The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of Virginia 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 Virginia notary public.


Importance of Virginia Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of Virginia, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Virginia 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 Virginia

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in Virginia

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

2. Complete and print the Virginia Notary Application. The name on the application and commission must match the name on your state issued ID.

3. Pay the $45 application fee. Keep your emailed receipt for step 4.

4. Have your signature on the application notarized.

5. Mail your signed and notarized application, along with your receipt, to the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office.

6. Once your application is approved, you will be notified within 2-3 weeks.

7. Within 60 days of notice, you must go to the Circuit Court to take your oath of office and pay the $10 filing fee.

8. Buy your Virginia notary stamp

Congratulations! You are now a Virginia notary public!


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: VA Resident or Employee, legal U.S. resident
Stamp/Seal: Stamp or Embosser
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $45
Eligibility: No felony convictions unless rights restored,
Other: Read and write English

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
PO Box 1795
Richmond, VA 23218-1795

Phone: (804) 692-2536

Virginia Notary Public Eligibility Requirements

  1. At least eighteen years old
  2. A legal resident of the United State
  3. Able to read and write the English language
  4. A resident of Virginia or regularly employed in the state and perform notary services in connection with their employment.*
  5. No person who has ever been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the laws of any other state, qualify to be appointed and commissioned as a notary public unless such person has had their civil rights restored.

* Non-residents of Virginia may be appointed as notaries if they are regularly employed in the state and perform notary services in connection with their employment. A non-resident notary who ceases to be regularly employed in Virginia must surrender their commission.