IDAHO SECRETARY OF STATE
Ben Ysursa, Secretary of State
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Notary Public Handbook and Application Form
Need to renew your notary commission?
[We do not send renewal reminders.]
Looking for your Idaho birth certificate or similar document? The Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics can help you.
If you need your documents quickly, the Bureau of Vital Statistics offers expedited service. Scroll down on their web page to see options. Call the Bureau of Vital Statistics at (208) 334-5988 for more information.
Please Note: When dealing with documents written in a language that you cannot read, should you be asked to notarize a signature on a document verifying that the individual is alive and living in Idaho, YOU MAY actually be making the statement that this information is correct instead of the individual making the statement. Ask the signer if your name appears anywhere in the document before you notarize. If you are named, DO NOT notarize the document. Let the signer know that he/she must make that statement and not you.
NOTARY APPOINTMENT PROCESS
Notaries are appointed by the Secretary of State for terms of six years. Each applicant for appointment must: (1) be at least 18 years old, (2) be a resident of or employed in the state of Idaho, (3) be able to read and write the English language, and (4) not have been removed from office for misconduct nor convicted of a serious crime within the last ten years. United States citizens and lawful resident aliens may be appointed as notaries.
If you are employed by a State of Idaho agency, and the commission is required in the scope of your employment, you will obtain both your application and your bond from the Bureau of Risk Management. Contact 332-1824 or 1-800-531-0597.
1) Complete the application form enclosed in the Notary Public Handbook. The applicant's signature must be notarized on the application.
2) Obtain a rubber stamp seal prior to submitting the application and bond with the Secretary of State's office. The seal may contain ONLY the words "Notary Public", "State of Idaho" and the notary public's name and NOTHING MORE (sample seals are shown on page 29 of the Notary Handbook). Notary stamp seals can be purchased at office supply stores, stationary stores and rubber stamp companies. Effective July 1, 1998 all new and renewing commissions shall obtain a rubber stamp seal. Stamp a sample of your seal where indicated on the application.
3) Obtain from a bonding or surety company (Insurance Agency) a $10,000 notary bond.
4) Enclose the $30.00 filing fee with your application. If you are an officer or employee of a state, county, city or district, and the commission is used in the scope of your employment, you are exempt from the $30.00 filing fee.
5) Submit the completed application, signed bond and $30.00 filing fee to the address listed below.
Submit all filings and fees to: