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How to become a Notary in Missouri

Abbreviation: MO   |   24th State   |   Statehood: August 10, 1821 |

 

Are you interested in becoming a Missouri notary? Are you interested in generating extra income, starting your own Missouri notary business, adding a notary title to your resume, or helping people in your community? Missouri notaries are appointed by the state to serve the public as an unbiased impartial witnesses to document signing. Becoming a notary in Missouri is a straightforward process, and as long as you fit the eligibility requirements listed below, you can apply to become a Missouri notary.The American Association of Notaries has been helping individuals become notaries since 1994.

What are the requirements to become a Missouri notary?

 

 

To become a notary in the State of Missouri, you must meet all of the requirements listed below:

 

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Be a registered voter in the county for which you are to be commissioned or a resident alien of the United States
  3. Have a residence address in the county where you are to be commissioned
  4. Be able to read and write the English language
  5. Not have had a commission revoked during the past ten years
  6. Never have been convicted of a felony
  7. Read the Missouri Notary Public Handbook and complete a computer-based training or other notary training course
  8. Complete an application to become a notary on the Missouri Secretary of State's website and pay the $25.00 application filing fee
  9. Appear in person within ninty days of your commission approval before the county clerk to record your $10,000 Missouri notary bond, take the oath of office, and submit a handwritten specimen of your official signature.

    Apply Online to Become a Missouri Notary

 

Can a non-resident become a notary in Missouri?

Non-residents who meet the eligibility requirements and are employed in Missouri can apply to become a Missouri notary. However, they are allowed only to perform notarial acts in the course of their employment. Click here to apply for a non-resident notary commission.
 

Is a Missouri notary bond required to become a notary?

A Missouri notary bond in the amount of $10,000 is required for new and renewing applicants. Click here to purchase a bond, or call our office at 800.721.2663.
 

Do I need Missouri notary errors and omissions insurance?

Missouri errors and omissions insurance is optional. A Missouri notary is liable to any person for damages that result from his or her negligence or official misconduct. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Missouri notaries public insure themselves against claims of unintentional negligence through the purchase of notary errors and omissions insurance. To purchase this insurance policy, please visit our website at www.missourinotary.com.
 

How much does it cost to become a notary in Missouri?

To become a notary or renew your Missouri notary commission, you must pay a $25 application filing fee and purchase a Missouri notary stamp and a notary record book.
 

How long is the term of a Missouri notary commission?

A Missouri notary commission expires four years from the effective date of the notary commission.
 

Where can I perform notarial acts?

A Missouri notary has statewide jurisdiction. You are not authorized to notarize documents outside the Missouri’s geographic boundaries.
 

Who appoints Missouri notaries public?

The Missouri Secretary of State is responsible for appointing notary applicants. You can contact the Missouri Secretary of State at:

 

Secretary of State
Commissions Division
PO Box 784
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(866) 223-6535 or (573) 751-2783
http://www.sos.mo.gov/business/commissions/

 

How do I renew my Missouri notary commission?

Notaries can renew their notary commission within sixty days before the expiration of their current commission by completing a renewal application at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website and paying the renewal application fee.
 

Are there any exams or notary course requirements?

Each new applicant and renewing notary must read the Missouri Notary Public Handbook and complete a computer-based notary training course or other notary training program available at the Secretary of State’s website.
 

Do I need to purchase a notary stamp in Missouri?

Each Missouri notary must use an embosser or a black inked notary stamp to authenticate all notarial acts that he or she performs. The notary stamp must include (1) the notary’s commission name, (2) commission number, and (3) the phrases “Notary Public,” “State of Missouri,” and the word “Notary Seal.”

 

The county name and commission expiration dates are optional. The stamp impression imprints must not be smaller than eight-point type and must be photographically reproducible. Every executed notarial certificate must also include the commission county and expiration date, which can be added to the notary seal.

 

Note: If the notary’s official seal is stolen, destroyed, misplaced, damaged, or otherwise rendered inoperable, the notary must provide a written notice to the Secretary of State immediately. The Secretary of State will issue a new commission number for the notary to order a new notary seal. Notice of the lost, stolen, or misplaced notary seal will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website notifying the general public that the notary seal is invalid and that the number is not an acceptable notary commission number.

 

Is a notary journal required in Missouri?

Missouri notaries are required to record all notarial acts they perform in a permanently bound record book that includes numbered pages. If the notary journal is lost, misplaced or stolen, the notary is required to send a written notice to the Secretary of State immediately. For Missouri notary supplies, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling (800) 721-2663 or visiting our website at www.missourinotary.com.
 

How much can a Missouri notary charge?

Notary fees are set by state law. A notary public is allowed to charge:

 

  • $2 for each signature notarized
  • $2 for a certified copy
  • $25 for an expedited convenience fee when traveling to perform a notarial act
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    Travel fees may not exceed approved federal mileage rates.

     

    What notarial acts can a Missouri notary public perform?

    A Missouri notary has the authority to:

     

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Certify a copy of a document
  • Perform any other act permitted by law
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    Can I perform electronic notarizations in Missouri?

    The Secretary of State has not adopted rules and/or procedures for electronic notarizations. However, the State of Missouri has enacted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 432, Sections 432.200 through 432.295. See Section 432.250, which authorizes a notary’s electronic signature. If a signature or record is required to be notarized, the requirement is satisfied if the electronic signature of the notary public, together with all other information required to be included, is attached to or logically associated with the signature or record.SB 932 requires the Secretary of State to promulgate rules to implement the provisions of Section 486.275 regarding the electronic signature of a notary public.
     

    How do I change my address?

    If, as a Missouri notary, you change your resident county, you are required to become a registered voter in the new county and apply for an amended notary commission within thirty days at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. There is a $5.00 application fee. If you change employers, you must also notify the Secretary of State within thirty days.
     

    How do I change my name on my notary commission?

    If your legal name changes, you must notify the Secretary of State within thirty days of the name change. Notice must be on a prescribed form, and it must include a $5 fee, the current commission, your notary seal, the rider from the bonding company indicating the name change, and an official signature. Click here to download the Name Change form.
     

    Death/Resignation/Removal:

    If you wish to resign your Missouri notary commission, you must submit a letter of resignation along with your notary commission certificate and notary seal to the Office of Secretary of State. If you receive a notice from the Secretary of State that your commission has been revoked, you must mail or deliver your commission to the Secretary of State.
     

    Criminal Offense:

    A notary public who knowingly and willfully commits any official misconduct is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable upon conviction by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months or both. A notary public who recklessly or negligently commits any official misconduct is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable upon conviction by a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars. Any person who acts as, or otherwise willfully impersonates, a notary public when such act results in a fraudulent act involving property is guilty of a Class E felony.
     

    Missouri Notarial Certificates:

    Click here to view your state's notarial certificates.

    Revised: July 2016

    Legal disclaimer: The American Association of Notaries makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this page. Information this page is not intended as legal advice. We are not attorneys. We do not pretend to be attorneys. Though we will sometimes provide information regarding federal laws and statutes and the laws and statutes of each state, we have gathered the information from a variety of sources. We do not warrant the information gathered from those sources. It is your responsibility to know the appropriate laws governing your state. Notaries are advised to seek the advice of an attorney in their state if they have legal questions about how to notarize.

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