Notary Commission Details

Notary Commission

General Info - 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.


  • Valid from approval date

    for

  • N/A

    Approval time

  • $20.0 - $22.0

    Application cost

Obtaining the License

Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. Must be 18 years old, of good character, of known good character, integrity and abilities.

  2. Must be living or working in the State of Maryland.

  3. A copy of Driver's License or MVA State Identification Card that has current address.

  4. Three references (not family members or your employer) who may be contacted to attest to your character.


Apply for the License

Ready to apply?

Maintaining Your License

Renewal and maintenance - Valid from approval date for

Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)

  1. Pay renewal fees within 30 days after issuance of notice of renewal.

Agency/Contact

License Issuer - Information

Who issues the license?

Secretary of State

Contact Information

Tel: (410) 974-5521

Work hours:



Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Secretary of State the legal authority to issue this approval?

Annotated Code of Maryland

State Government Article, Title 18, Notaries Public.