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How to renew your Missouri notary commission


To avoid any interruption of your Missouri notary work, it is critical to renew your Missouri notary commission as early as possible. The American Association of notaries will assist you through the entire Missouri notary renewal process. Below is a step by step guide for renewing your Missouri notary commission.

1. Read the Missouri notary handbook.

Missouri notary law requires all renewing Missouri notary applicants to read the Missouri notary handbook to familiarize themselves with the notary law. Even though as a renewing Missouri notary you know the notary law well, reading the handbook again will help you pass the Missouri notary exam that is part of the Missouri notary renewal application process.

2. Complete and submit a renewal Missouri notary application online.

All renewing Missouri notary applicants must complete a renewal Missouri application on the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. To start the Missouri notary renewal process, go to the Missouri Secretary of State - Notary Public Division website and log in to your account. Next, take the mandatory online training course and exam. If you passed, you will be allowed to complete the Missouri notary renewal application, which costs $25 to file.

3. Purchase a four-year, $10,000 Missouri notary bond.

The Missouri Secretary of State will mail you a Missouri notary renewal commission letter within four to six business days. It will state that you are required to purchase a four-year, $10,000 Missouri notary bond, which you must file with your county clerk’s office. You can buy the notary renewal bond from us. If you do, we will email the bond file to you in one business day. Included in the purchase is a complimentary four-year, $10,000 Missouri notary errors and omissions insurance policy.

You are required to file the renewal notary bond with the county clerk’s office within ninety days of receiving it. (If you fail to meet this deadline, the clerk will invalidate your notary commission and you will have to reapply.) The clerk or deputy will administer the oath of office. Once that is complete, you must submit a piece of paper containing your official handwritten signature. The signature MUST match the exact name typed on your commission certificate.

Next, the clerk will staple the renewal notary bond to the oath of office and official signature filing and mail them to the Missouri Secretary of State. The clerk or deputy will then present your renewal Missouri notary commission certificate to you.

4. Order your Missouri notary supplies.

When you renew your Missouri notary commission and receive your notary certificate, you need to order a new stamp for the renewal notary term. Missouri notary law requires notaries to use a notary inked stamp with black ink (black ink is the only color allowed) or a notary seal embosser. Missouri notaries also must maintain a bound journal or notary record book with numbered pages.

The American Association of Notaries manufactures Missouri notary stamps, seals, journals and record books in-house. They comply with Missouri notary laws and come with a lifetime replacement guarantee. If you do order your notary supplies from us, please mail, email, or fax us a copy of the Missouri notary commission certificate you received. We will use the information to make your notary stamp.

The American Association of Notaries has been helping individuals renew their notary commissions since 1994.  We will guide you step by step through the Missouri notary application renewal process and support you during your new four-year Missouri notary term. Click here to start the Missouri notary renewal application process.

Legal disclaimer: The American Association of Notaries seeks to provide timely articles for notaries to assist them with information for managing their notary businesses, enhancing their notary education, and securing their notary stamp and notary supplies. Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information in the American Association of Notaries newsletters. However, we make no warrant, expressed or implied, and we do not represent, undertake, or guarantee that the information in the newsletter is correct, accurate, complete, or non-misleading. Information in this article is not intended as legal advice. We are not attorneys. We do not pretend to be attorneys. Though we will sometimes provide information regarding notaries' best practices, federal laws and statutes, and the laws and statutes of each state, we have gathered this information from a variety of sources and do not warrant its accuracy. In no event shall the American Association of Notaries, its employees, or contractors be liable to you for any claims, penalties, loss, damage, or expenses, howsoever arising, including, and without limitation, direct or indirect loss or consequential loss out of or in connection with the use of the information contained in the American Association of Notaries newsletters. It is your responsibility to know the appropriate notary laws governing your state. Notaries are advised to seek the advice of their states' notary authorities or attorneys in their state if they have legal questions. If a section of this disclaimer is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other sections of this disclaimer continue in effect.
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