How to Check Your Notary Status

Wondering how to check your notary status? The process is simple and only takes a few minutes. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Introduction

A notary public is an individual commissioned by the state to serve the public as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths, and performing other official acts specified by law. A notary’s primary function is to deter fraud by certifying that a document’s signers are who they claim to be and that they understand the content of the document.

Notaries are empowered by state law and are regulated by the secretary of state or another state official. Most states require that applicants for a notary commission pass a written examination on notary laws and procedures. Some states also require successful completion of a notary training course. In addition, many states require that applicants for a notary commission provide proof of good character, which may include certification from a background check.

What is a Notary Public?

A notary public is an official of integrity appointed by state government — typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-preventing acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts.

Notaries are responsible for witnesses who sign documents and take oaths or affirmations. A notary’s primary duty is to prevent fraud and deter deceit in all transactions involving signatures and oaths, or affirmations. Notaries use their seal or stamp, and their signature on a document to give notice that they witnessed the document’s execution and that it is their act as a notary public.

How to Check Your Notary Status

Checking your notary status is a great way to make sure that you are current and up-to-date on your notary public information. By checking your notary status, you can also confirm that your notary commission has not expired and that you are still in good standing.

Go to the National Notary Association website

Go to the National Notary Association website and log in with your username and password. Click on “View my profile” in the top right-hand corner.

In the “Notary Information” section, click on the “Notary Services” tab.

Click on the “Check notary status” link.

Enter your state and county in the drop-down menu and click “Search.”

Enter your name and state

To find out if you are a current Notary Public, enter your name and state in the National Notary Association’s online system. If you are not currently a Notary, you can use this system to find a Notary course in your area.

Click on the “Status” tab

In order to check the status of your notary commission, you will need to log in to the Notary Public Portal. Once you are logged in, click on the “Status” tab. On this page, you will be able to see the following information:
-Your current notary commission expires on _____
-The type of bond that you have
-Your current Surety Company
-Your decorated signature

Conclusion

When your term as a notary public expires, you are no longer able to perform notarizations. It is important to keep track of the expiration date of your term so that you can renew your commission before it expires. You can check the status of your notary commission by contacting your state’s notary office or by searching your state’s database of notaries public.

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