Pennsylvania Notary

The Pennsylvania Notary requirements, duties, costs and fees are listed here. The Secretary of State's site is well done and easy to follow, so we have listed that page here as well. What you need to know is:

Requirements

To become a Pennsylvania Notary you must:

* Be at least 18 years old;

* Be a resident of or be employed within the Commonwealth;

* Be of good character, integrity and ability;

A notary public applicant will not be issued a notary public commission unless the applicant:

* Has submitted an application on a form prescribed and furnished by the Secretary of the Commonwealth accompanied by the appropriate nonrefundable filing fee (see next section for more detailed information).

* Has submitted an application endorsed by the state Senator of the district in which the applicant resides, or in the case of a nonresident employed in Pennsylvania, the endorsement of the Senator of the district in which the applicant is employed.

* Has verified that he or she is of good moral character, and is familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a notary public as determined by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

* Has not made a material misstatement or omission of fact in the application.

* Has provided proof of completion of a three hour pre-approved notary public course within six months preceding application.

* Has not been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or lesser offense incompatible with the duties of a notary public during the five year period preceding the date of application.

* Has not had a prior notary public commission revoked by the Commonwealth or any other state during the five year period preceding the date of application.

The Secretary of the Commonwealth may, for good cause, reject any application subject to the right of notice, hearing and adjudication and the right of appeal. Lack of proof of completion of a three hour pre-approved notary public course, where required, will result in outright rejection of an application without the right of appeal.

Allow at least 4 to 6 weeks for processing New Notary Public applications.

Who Cannot be a Notary

The following persons are not eligible to hold the office of notary public:

* Any person holding any judicial office in the Commonwealth, except the office of Magisterial District Justice.

* A member of the U.S. Congress, and a person holding an office or appointment of profit or trust under the legislative, executive or judiciary departments of the federal government for which he or she receives a salary, fees or perquisites.

* Any member of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.

Bond Required

A $45,000.00 bond is required within 45 days of obtaining your commission.

Errors and omission insurance is not required but is suggested.

Fees

The notary fee schedule is provided by the Secretary of State's office pursuant to statute. The fees a notary can charge are as follows:

NOTARY PUBLIC FEE SCHEDULE LAST REVISED MAY 28, 2005

Executing Affidavits(no matter how many signatures) $5.00

Executing Acknowledgments $5.00

In Executing Acknowledgments, Each Additional Name $2.00

Executing Certificates(per certified copy) $5.00

Administering Oaths(per individual taking an oath) $5.00

Taking Depositions (per Page) $3.00

Executing verifications $5.00*

Making Protests (per Page) $3.00

*New fee

Term

The term of commission for a Pennsylvania Notary is 4 years. There is a 4 year re-appointment. A re-appointment form is required with a $45.00 fee.

The Pennsylvania Notary Secretary of State site is here.

The application page is here.

To return to Notary by State page, click here.