How to become an Alaska Notary

Abbreviation: AK | 49th State | Statehood: January 3, 1959 |
How to become a notary in Alaska:
To become a notary in Alaska, a notary applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be legally residing in the United States
  3. Be a resident of Alaska
  4. Not have been convicted of a felony or incarcerated in a correctional facility for a felony conviction within ten years before the commission takes effect
  5. Not have had a notary public commission revoked in this jurisdiction or another jurisdiction within ten years before the commission takes effect
  6. Not have been disciplined for notarial misconduct in this jurisdiction or another jurisdiction where such disciplinary action prohibits the person from holding a notary public commission
Qualifications for becoming a notary in Alaska:
In order to become an Alaska notary and receive an Alaska notary public commission, a notary applicant must:
  1. Meet the eligibility requirements provided in the previous section.
  2. Obtain a surety bond in the amount of $1,000. (There is no bond requirement for state employees applying for a Limited Governmental Notary Commission.)
  3. Complete the application form from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor or apply online.
  4. Have the signature on the oath of office on the application notarized. Whether the application is a hard copy or submitted online, all applicants must provide their notarized signature on the oath of office on their notary application.
  5. Submit the notarized hard copy application with the original notary bond and the $40 application fee to the Lieutenant Governor’s office.
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    Note: Applicants who have internet access, an active myAlaska account, with the ability to receive e-mail messages and scan documents,and who can pay the $40 application fee with Visa or Master Card may now apply online through the state’s online notary database web application available at http://notaries.alaska.gov.

Limited Governmental Notary Commission:
Section 44.50.039 provides that “A state, municipal, or federal employee commissioned as a notary public under AS44.50.010(a)(2): (1) is designated as a limited governmental notary public; (2) may perform notarial acts only in the conduct of official government business; and (3) may not charge or receive a fee or other consideration for notarial services provided under this chapter.” These applicants: (1) have no bond requirement; (2) must meet the qualifications of a person applying for a regular Alaska notary public commission; (3) must follow the same initial application for appointment procedures for a regular notary public commission; (4) are exempt from the $40 application fee if employed by the State of Alaska; (5) are not exempt from the $40 application fee if federal or municipal government employees; (6) must execute and submit an “Employer Approval” form; and (7) must have their limited governmental commission term coincide with their term of government employment. Limited governmental notaries who change departmental or agency employers are required to submit a written notification of the change of employment on a form provided by the Lieutenant Governor within thirty days of the change. To download this form, go to: http://ltgov.alaska.gov/notaries-public/forms-and-publications/ or click here.

 

Can a non-resident become a notary in Alaska?
No. A notary applicant who is not a resident of Alaska does not qualify for an Alaska notary public commission.
Is an Alaska notary bond required to become a notary in Alaska?
Yes. An Alaska surety bond in the amount of $1,000 is required for new and renewing notaries public. A bond may be purchased through an insurance agency, in which case the notary will be commercially bonded. A notary may obtain a private bond that comes from a business, organization, or private individual who acts as a private surety on behalf of a notary, in which case, the notary will be privately bonded. A notary cannot act as his or her own surety.
Do I need an Alaska notary errors and omissions insurance policy?
Optional. Errors and omission insurance is designed to protect notaries public from liability against unintentional notarial mistakes or omissions that result in financial damages to the public or a document signer. The American Association of Notaries encourages Alaska notaries to purchase an errors and omissions insurance policy for their protection against liability.
How much does it cost to become a notary in Alaska?
To become a notary public in Alaska, a notary applicant’s required expenses include the following: (1) a $40 filing fee to process the application for appointment or reappointment; (2) a notary stamp; (3) a surety bond; and (4) a notary journal if the notary wishes to maintain one. In addition, there will be cost if an Alaska notary wishes to purchase an errors and omissions insurance policy for his or her protection against liability.
How long is the term of a notary public commission in Alaska?
The term of office of an Alaska notary public is four years, commencing on the date specified in the commission. However, a notary’s commission may be rendered void: (1) by resignation; (2) by death; (3) by revocation; or (4) when the notary public ceases to reside in Alaska.
Where can I perform notarial acts in Alaska?
An Alaska notary has statewide jurisdiction and may perform notarial acts in any county at any location in the state of Alaska. Likewise, an Alaska notary public may not perform notarial acts outside this state.
Who appoints Alaska notaries public?
The Office of Lieutenant Governor appoints Alaska notaries public.

 

Contact information for the Office of Lieutenant Governor is as follows:

 

Office of Lieutenant Governor
Notary Public Office
240 Main Street, Room 301
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-3509
http://ltgov.alaska.gov/notaries-public/

How to renew your Alaska notary public commission:
An Alaska notary public whose commission term is about to expire must apply for a new commission by submitting a new application thirty days before the notary’s current commission expires, especially if the notary wants the next commission to expire on the same month and day as his or her current commission. To begin the renewal process, go to: https://ltgov.alaska.gov/notaries-public/commission-applications/regular-notary-commission/ or click here.
Are there any exams or notary course requirements to become a notary or renew your Alaska notary public commission?
No. Alaska notary law does not require a course of study or examination to become a notary public in the state of Alaska. However, the Office of Lieutenant Governor strongly recommends that all new notary applicants obtain notary training so that they can clearly understand the laws, duties, and responsibilities of an Alaska notary public.
Do I need to purchase a notary stamp in Alaska?
Yes. Alaska notary law requires all notaries public to use a rubber-inked stamp or embosser to authenticate all notarial acts performed. Section 44.50.064 of the Alaska Statutes provides the legal specifications regarding the layout and the information required on all notary seals.

 

Dimensions: May be of circular form, not more than two inches in diameter, or may be of rectangular form, not more than one inch in width by two and one-half inches in length, or may be an electronic form as authorized by regulations adopted by the lieutenant governor.

 

Required Elements: The Alaska notary seal or stamp must contain the following elements:

  • The name of the notary public exactly as commissioned
  • The words “Notary Public”
  • The words “State of Alaska”
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    Pursuant to Section 09.63.030(c), the notary’s commission expiration date must be affixed on the document along with the notary’s seal and signature. Therefore, an Alaska notary public has the option to include the commission expiration date in his or her notary seal. 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 state notary 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.

    Is a notary journal required in Alaska?
    No. The Alaska notary statute does not require an Alaska notary public to record his or her notarial acts in a journal. However, the Office of Lieutenant Governor and the American Association of Notaries recommend that all Alaska notaries record their notarial acts in a permanent, paper-bound journal with numbered pages designed to deter fraud, as a protective measure against liability. For Alaska notary supplies, visit our website at www.usnotaries.com, call (800) 721-2663, or click here.
    How much can an Alaska notary charge for performing notarial acts?
    The fees for notarial services are not specified in the Alaska statutes or regulations. The fees that Alaska notaries may charge for notarial services are at their discretion. Section 44.50.62(4) of the Alaska Statutes states, “A notary public may not charge a fee for a notarial act unless a fee schedule has been provided to the signer before the performance of the notarial act.”
    What notarial acts can an Alaska notary public perform?
    An Alaska notary public is authorized to perform five notarial acts:
  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Perform jurats
  • Attest documents
  • Execute protests
  • Can I perform electronic notarizations in Alaska?
    Yes. The state of Alaska has enacted the “Uniform Electronic Transactions Act” that authorizes electronic signatures used by Alaska notaries public. Section 09.80.080 states, “If a law requires a signature or record to be notarized, acknowledged, verified, or made under oath, the requirement is satisfied if the electronic signature of the person authorized to perform those acts, together with all other information required to be included by other applicable law, is attached to or logically associated with the signature or record.” Section 44.50.063 (Notaries Public) also provides the statutory authorization of electronic signatures used by Alaska notaries public. Most importantly, Alaska state law mandates that the principal signer must personally appear before the Alaska notary public and be physically close enough to see, hear, communicate, and give identification credentials without the use of electronic devices such as telephones, computers, video cameras, or video conferences during the entire performance of the notarial act. Therefore, Alaska notaries public are prohibited from performing online webcam notarizations.
    How do I change my address?
    An Alaska notary public whose mailing address or physical addresschanges during the term of the notary’s commission is required to complete and submit an address change form provided by the Lieutenant Governor and pay a $5 filing fee within thirty days after such change via: (1) mail; (2) e-mail; or (3) fax (907)465-5400. To download this form, visit the Lieutenant Governor’s website at https://ltgov.alaska.gov/notaries-public/forms-and-publications/ or click here.
    How do I change my name on my certificate of commission in Alaska?
    An Alaska notary public whose name is legally changed during the term of the notary’s commission is required to provide a written notice of the new name on a name change form to the Lieutenant Governor within thirty days after the name change. To obtain a replacement certificate of commission with the notary’s new name, the notary must: (1) obtain a new identification card in the new name: (2) complete the Name and Address Change form; (3) have the oath and new signature on the form notarized; (4) pay a $5 filing fee; (5) mail the notarized form; (6) obtain a bond rider that reflects the new name; and (7) purchase a new notary seal that reflects the new name after the Lieutenant Governor issues a replacement certificate of commission with the new name. For a name change form, go to: https://ltgov.alaska.gov/notaries-public/forms-and-publications/ or click here.
    Death/Resignation/Removal:
    An Alaska notary public, or his or her representative, is required to send a signed letter to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor if the notary: (1) no longer maintains residence in Alaska during the term of the notary’s commission; (2) no longer wishes to hold the office of notary public; (3) is deceased; (4) is duty-bound to resign by court order or the Office of the Lieutenant Governor‘s revocation process; or (5) when the notary’s term expires. A notary public who no longer meets the requirements for holding the office of notary public must immediately resign his or her notary public commission. To resign a notary commission, a notary public must provide the Lieutenant Governor with a signed and written notification of the resignation and the date it is effective. In the case of any of the above situations, the notary’s official seal must be destroyed immediately.
    Prohibited Notarial Acts:
    These activities by an Alaska notary public provide a basis for administrative disciplinary action:
  • Violating state or federal law in the performance of acts authorized by notary laws
  • Selecting notarial certificates for a document that does not have one
  • Assisting another person in drafting, completing, selecting, or understanding a document or transaction requiring a notarial act
  • Making representations to have powers, qualifications, or privileges that a notary public does not possess by law
  • Certifying copies of any documents
  • Notarizing a document without the signer being present at the time of the notarization
  • Notarizing his or her own signature
  • Notarizing documents that contain blanks
  • Influencing a signer to enter into or avoid a transaction involving a notarial act by the notary public
  • Charging a fee for a notarial act unless a fee schedule has been provided to the signer before the performance of the notarial act
  • Notarizing a document if the notary is a signer in the transaction or named in the document
  • Notarizing 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
  • Affixing a signature and notary seal to a notarial certificate that is incomplete
  • Notarizing a document for a signer whose identity has not been established by satisfactory evidence of identity
  • Using a signature stamp to notarize documents
  • Notarizing a document without a notary seal
  • Affixing the official signature after the notarial act is performed
  • Signing a notarial certificate under any other name than the one under which the notary was commissioned
  • Notarizing a document for a signer the notary suspected was forced to sign the document
  • Notarizing a document for a signer who did not have the basic understanding of the content of the document
  • Failing to administer an oath or affirmation as required by law at the time of the notarization
  • Official Notarial Misconduct:
    Alaska notaries public who commit official malfeasance may be subject to criminal liability, civil liability, and administrative disciplinary action for unlawful activities:

     

    Sec. 09.63.020(b). “A person who makes a false sworn certification which the person does not believe to be true under penalty of perjury is guilty of perjury (Sec. 1, ch 37 SLA 1981).”

     

    Sec. 44.50.068. Disciplinary action; complaint; appeal; hearing; delegation.“(a) The lieutenant governor may suspend or revoke a notary public’s commission or reprimand a notary public for good cause shown, including (1) a ground on which an application for a commission may be denied; (2) failure to comply with this chapter; (3) failure to maintain residency in this state under AS 01.10.055; and (4) incompetence or malfeasance in carrying out the notary public’s duties under this chapter.”

     

    Alaska Notary Laws and Regulations:
    Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 50, “Notaries Public”
    https://ltgov.alaska.gov/notaries-public/frequently-asked-questions/#statutes

     

    Alaska Statutes, Title 9, Chapter 63, Sections 09.63.050 through 09.63.100, “Uniform Recognition of Acknowledgments Act”
    https://ltgov.alaska.gov/notaries-public/frequently-asked-questions/#statutes

    Alaska Notarial Certificates:
    Click here to view Alaska’s notarial certificates.

    Revised: December 2017

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