Become an Alaska Notary

Abbreviation: AK | 49th State | Statehood: January 3, 1959 |
To become an Alaska notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Legally reside in the United States
  • Be a legal resident of Alaska
  • Not have been convicted of a felony within the past 10 years or have been incarcerated in a correctional facility for a felony conviction
  • Not have a prior notary commission revoked in the past 10 years in this jurisdiction or another jurisdiction
  • Not have been disciplined in this jurisdiction or another jurisdiction where such disciplinary action prohibits the person from holding a notary public commission
In order to receive an Alaska notary public commission, a person must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • Properly complete and submit a notary application form to the lieutenant governor with a filing fee of $40 and a copy of the $1,000 bond. For limited governmental notaries public, the application also requires the completed Employer Approval form. Click here to download the notary application -
Non-Resident Alaska Notary:
Not permitted.
Alaska Notary Bond:
Required. A bond in the amount of $1,000 is required for new and renewing notaries public.
Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance:
Optional. A notary public is liable to any person for damages that result from official misconduct. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommend that Alaska notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance.
Filing Fee:
A $40 filing fee is required for new and renewal notary applications. An applicant for a limited governmental notary public commission who is employed by a governmental agency may not be required to pay an application fee.
Alaska Notary Term:
Four years. The commission of a limited governmental notary public coincides with the term of government employment.
Office of Lieutenant Governor
Business and Commercial Services Division, Notary Public Office
240 Main Street, Room 301
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-3509
Notary Commission Renewal:
A notary public whose term of commission is ending may apply for a new commission by submitting a new application no earlier than 30 days before the expiration of the current notary commission.
None Required.
Alaska Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:

Type – embosser or rubber-inked stamp

Ink color – any color as long as the seal can be reproduced under photographic methods.

Shape – circular or rectangular

Dimensions – circular form not more than two inches in diameter; if rectangular, not more than one inch in width by two and one-half inches in length; the stamp may also be an electronic form as authorized by regulations adopted by the lieutenant governor

Required elements - name of the notary exactly as commissioned, “Notary Public,” and “State of Alaska.” The seal must be kept secure and under the exclusive control of the notary public. An embossed seal impression that is not photographically reproducible may be used in addition to, but not in place of, the seal impression or depiction required by law.

Note: If the notary public’s official seal is stolen, lost, or the security of the notary’s official electronic seal is compromised, the notary must provide a written notification to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office within ten days of the theft, loss, or compromised security.

Record Book:
None required. It is strongly recommended by the Lieutenant Governor and the American Association of Notaries that Alaska notaries public record every notarial act in a notary journal. For Alaska notary supplies, contact the American Association of Notaries by calling 800.721.2663 or visiting our website at
Notary Fees:
Notary fees are not set by state law:

  • Acknowledgments - No fee schedule
  • Oaths or affirmations - No fee schedule
  • Jurats - No fee schedule

Note: A published fee schedule must be provided to the signer prior to the performance of the notarization if a notary intends to collect a fee for his or her services. A limited governmental notary public may not charge for a notarization.

An Alaska notary has the authority to:

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Perform jurats
  • Attest documents
  • Execute protests
Electronic Notarization:
Permitted. However, the Alaska Lieutenant Governor has not adopted regulations pursuant to the Alaska Statutes, Chapter 44.50 Notaries Public, Sections 44.50.063 and 44.50.065 regarding a notary’s electronic signature and electronic official seal on electronic documents notarized by a notary public.
Address Change:
Required. A notary public must notify the Lieutenant Governor’s Office within 30 days after the change of a mailing address or physical address by submitting a $5.00 filing fee and a written notification provided by such office. Limited governmental notaries public who change departmental or agency employers are also required to submit a written notification of the change of employment on a form provided by the Lieutenant Governor’s office within 30 days. Click here to download the change of address form and change of employment form:
Name Change:
Required. A notary public must notify the Lieutenant Governor’s Office within 30 days after a name change by submitting a $5.00 filing fee and a written notification provided by such office. The notary reporting a name change must also provide a written notification to the surety where the notary is bonded. The notary must purchase a new seal reflecting the name change. Click here to download the name change form:
To resign a commission, a notary must notify the Lieutenant Governor in writing of the resignation and the date that it is effective. The notary seal must be destroyed or defaced upon revocation, death, removal, termination, or when the notary’s term expires.
Prohibited Acts:
A notary public may not:
  • Violate state or federal law when performing a notarial act
  • Select notarial certificates for a document that does not have one
  • Assist another person in drafting, completing, selecting, or understanding a document or transaction requiring a notarial act
  • Make representations to have powers, qualifications, or privileges that a notary public does not possess by law
  • Certify copies of any documents
  • Notarize a document without the signer being present at the time of the notarization
  • Notarize his or her own signature
  • Notarize documents that contain blanks
  • Influence a signer to enter into or void a transaction involving a notarial act by the notary
  • Charge a fee unless a fee schedule has been provided to the signer before the performance of the notarial act
  • Notarize a document if the notary is a signer to the transaction or named in the document
  • Notarize a document if the notary will receive directly from a transaction connected with the notarial act a commission, fee, advantage, right, title, interest, cash, property, or other consideration that exceeds the normal notarial fee charged for notary services
  • Sign and seal a notarial certificate that is incomplete
  • Notarize a document unless the signer’s identity has been established by satisfactory evidence
  • Use a stamp signature
  • Affix the official signature after the notarial act was performed
  • Sign a notarial certificate under any other name than the one under which the notary was commissioned.
Criminal Offense:
Notaries public who commit official misconduct may be subject to civil and criminal liability, which may include the revocation of their notary public commissions.
Notarial Certificates:
Click here to view your state's notarial certificates.

Revised: July 2015

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