Illinois Notary

The Illinois Notary requirements and application process could not be simpler. I have listed the basic requirements and fees below but not much else to say other than good luck and happy notarizing.


The basic requirements for becoming an Illinois Notary are as follows:

* Be at least 18 years old

* Be a citizen of the United States of lawfully admitted for permanent residence

* Be a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days

* Read and write English

* Not convicted of a felony (no time limit listed so presumably these means never)

* Have no revocation of a notary commission for the past 10 years

* Obtain a $5,000.00 bond

* Complete and file an application (filing fee is $10.00)

* Obtain a seal in BLACK ink (only black ink seal embossing seal)

For more on Notary Bonds, click here.

For a site to purchase a bond, click here

Term of Office

The term of office is 4 years. The anniversary date is your date of commission.

Re-appointment can be for 1 year or 4 years. The Secretary of States office does not specify why there is a difference. I assume you can request either the 1 or 4 year re-appointment.

You cannot re-apply sooner than 6 months prior to the expiration of your commission.

Classes and Exam

There are no requirement in Illinois for training classes or taking an exam. The notary application form simply states that you will faithfully perform notarial acts in accordance with the law. In order to do this, of course, you need to have read the law. I have linked to the Handbook below.


No Journal is required. But of course, you may keep one if you like.


State law sets the limit of fees to (get this) $1.00 per notarial act. Hard to make a living this way.

Illinois Notary Handbook is here.

Illinois Application is here.