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Become an Alabama Notary

Abbreviation: AL   |   22nd State   |   Statehood: December 14, 1817   |  
Eligibility:
To become an Alabama notary you must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a resident of Alabama
 
Qualification:
In order to receive an Alabama notary public commission, a person must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements;
  • Properly complete and submit a notary application form to the Judge of Probate of the several counties of the state with a filing fee of $10, along with a $25,000 bond. Click here for more information:
  • http://www.sos.state.al.us/AdminServices/NotaryPublic.aspx
 
Non-Residents Alabama Notary:
Not permitted.
 
Alabama Notary Bond:
A bond in the amount of $25,000 is required for new and renewing notaries public at large. A bond in the amount of $10,000 is required for new and renewing county notaries public. Please visit the American Association of Notaries’ website at http://www.usnotaries.com to purchase and receive a bond via email in one business day.
 
Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance:
Although insurance is optional, the American Association of Notaries recommends that Alabama notaries insure themselves against claims of negligence through notary Errors and Omission insurance. Visit the American Association of Notaries’ website at http://www.usnotaries.com for more information.
 
Filing Fee:
There is a $11 to $25 (varies per county) state required filing fee for new and renewal notary applications for state and county notaries.
 
Alabama Notary Term:
4 years.
 
Jurisdiction:
Statewide jurisdiction for notaries public at large. County notaries public have jurisdiction only in the county where they were commissioned.
 
Appointment:
County Judge of Probate.
For information on appointments, contact:
Alabama Secretary of State
P.O. Box 5616, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5616
(334) 242-7202
http://www.sos.state.al.us/adminservices/CivilLawNotaries.aspx
 
Notary Commission Renewal:
Notaries may apply before the expiration of the current commission by completing a renewal application form.
 
Education/Testing:
None Required.
 
Alabama Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:
Required.

County Notary Public:

Type — embosser (unnecessary on acknowledgments)

Required elements: Name of notary, office, state and county for which he was appointed.

Notary Public State at Large:

Type — embosser (unnecessary on acknowledgments)

Required elements: Name of notary, office and the state for which he was appointed.

 
Record Book:
Required. For Alabama notary supplies contact the American Association of Notaries by calling (800) 721-2663 or visiting our website at www.usnotaries.com.
 
Notary Fees:
Notary fees are set by state law. A notary public is allowed to charge for each notarial act, but not more than:

  • Acknowledgments $5.00
  • Oaths or affirmations $5.00
  • Jurats $5.00
  • Protests $5.00
 
Authority:
Alabama notary public has the authority to:

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths or affirmations
  • Protest instruments
  • Copy certification of non-recordable documents
 
Address Change:
None required. However, notaries are encouraged to notify their county judge of probate in writing of any change in their mailing address soon after such a change. A notary vacates the office if he or she moves out of the county or state in which he/she was commissioned.
 
Name Change:
Notaries are not required to change their names on their commissions. If you change your name but do not intend to change it on your notary commission, you must continue to sign documents using your commissioned name. If you wish to change your name on your notary commission, however, contact your county probate judge for instructions.
 
Death/Resignation/Removal:
In case of the death, resignation, removal or commission expiration, the notary registers must be given to the judge of probate of the county in which the notary was commissioned within 30 days.
 
Criminal Offense:
A notary who performs notarial acts after his or her commission expires shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year.
 
Notarial Certificates:
Click here to view your state's notarial certificates.

Revised: July 2013

Notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company, Universal Surety of America, or Surety Bonding Company of America, which are subsidiaries of CNA Surety. American Association of Notaries is owned by Kal Tabbara, a licensed insurance agent.