In Maryland, an individual who wishes to be commissioned as a notary public may obtain an application from Office of the Secretary of State. After an application is submitted to the Secretary of State, it then goes to the State Senator of the applicant's senatorial district. If the Senator approves the application, it is returned to the Secretary of State, and appointment will be made upon approval of the Governor. Some Senators choose to opt-out of the approval process by designating their authority to approve an applicant to the Secretary of State.
How to get your license?
Obtaining the License
Steps, requirements and documents
Must be 18 years old, of known good character, integrity and abilities.
Must be living or working in the State of Maryland.
A copy of Driver's License or MVA State Identification Card that has current address.
Three references (not family members or your employer) who may be contacted to attest to your character.
How do I apply?
Apply or register
How do I maintain or renew my license?
Maintaining Your License
Renewal after 4 years
You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your license
The Secretary of State will send a renewal application to you 60 days before the expiration of the commission term. The notary public should submit the completed renewal application to the Secretary of State with the required processing fee. Upon approval, the notary public will be issued a notice of renewal. It is the duty of the notary public to appear, pay the fees and qualify before the Clerk of the Court within 30 days after issuance of notice of renewal. Failure to qualify within 30 days after notice constitutes a revocation of the appointment and commission.