General Info

Notary Commission

Statewide License

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.

Valid for 4 years Revised : No Date
varies Approval time
$9-$11 Application cost
10-15 mins Average completion time

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

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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.

License issuer

Agency/Contact

Information

Who issues the license?

Secretary of State
http://sos.maryland.gov

Contact information

Work hours: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Address: 16 Francis St. , Annapolis, MD 21401

How do I apply?

Apply or register

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