How to become an Alabama Notary

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

  1. Be 18 years or older
  2. Be a resident of Alabama
  3. Be a resident of the county where appointed
  4. Not be convicted of a felony
In order to receive an Alabama notary public commission, a person must:

  1. Meet the eligibility requirements;
  2. 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.
Non-Resident 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. Please visit the American Association of Notaries website at to purchase and receive a bond via email in one business day, or by calling 800.721.2663 to purchase and receive a bond via email in one business day.
Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance:
Optional. A notary public is liable to any person for damages that result from his or her official misconduct. The American Association of Notaries recommends that Alabama notaries insure themselves against claims of negligence through Notary Errors and Omissions insurance. Visit the American Association of Notaries' website at for additional information, or by calling (800) 721-2663.
Filing Fee:
There is a $10 state required filing fee for new and renewal notary applications.
Alabama Notary Term:
Four years.
Statewide jurisdiction for notaries public at large.
County Judge of Probate.
For information on appointments, contact:
Alabama Secretary of State
P.O. Box 5616, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5616
(334) 242-7200
Notary Commission Renewal:
Notaries may apply before the expiration of the current commission by completing a renewal application form.
None Required.
Alabama Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:

Type - embosser or rubber-inked stamp

Required elements: Name of notary, "Notary Public," "Alabama," and "State at Large".

Ink color, shape, and dimensions—not specified by statute

Record Book:
Not required. It is strongly recommended by the American Association of Notaries that Alabama notaries public record every notarial act in a notary record book or journal. For Alabama notary supplies, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling (800) 721-2663 or visiting our website at
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
An Alabama notary public has the authority to:

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths or affirmations
  • Protest instruments
  • Exercise other powers that, according to commercial usage or the laws of his state, may belong to notaries public
Electronic Notarization:
The State of Alabama has not enacted/adopted statutes, rules, and/or procedures for electronic notarizations.
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 State of Alabama.
Name Change:
Notaries are not required to change their names on their notary commission when there is a new name change. However, if the notary public wishes to sign under her new name when performing notarial acts, the notary must contact her county probate judge for instructions to reapply for a new notary commission under her new name.
Criminal Offense:
A notary who performs notarial acts after his or her notary public commission expires shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
Notarial Certificates:
Click here to view your state's notarial certificates.

Revised: July 2015

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