Become an Idaho Notary

Abbreviation: ID   |   43rd State   |   Statehood: July 3, 1890 |
To become an Idaho notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Be 18 years old of age or older
  • Be a resident of the state of Idaho, or a non-resident who is employed or doing business in the state of Idaho
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Not have been convicted of a serious crime nor removed from office for official misconduct within the past ten (10) years
In order to receive an Idaho notary public commission, a person must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • Obtain a rubber stamp seal prior to submitting the application and bond with the Secretary of State’s office
  • Properly complete and submit a notary application form to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $30 and a signed $10,000 bond. Click here to download the application form -
Non-Resident Idaho Notary:
Permitted. Persons must meet the same qualifications as an Idaho resident and must be employed or doing business in the State of Idaho.
Idaho Notary Bond:
Required. A $10,000 notary bond is required for new and renewing notaries.
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 strongly recommends that Idaho notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance.
Filing Fee:
A $30 filing fee is required for new and renewal notary applications.
Idaho Notary Term:
Six years.
Secretary of State
Notary Department
P.O. Box 83720
450 N 4th Street
Boise, ID 83720-0080
(208)-332-2810 or (208) 334-2300
Notary Commission Renewal:
A notary may apply 90 days before the expiration of the current commission by completing a renewal application. A notary public does not need to obtain a new rubber stamp if he or she already has one.
None Required.
Idaho 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 – rectangular or circular form

Required elements - The seal may ONLY contain the words “Notary Public,” “State of Idaho,” the notary public’s name, and NOTHING MORE. The seals must have a serrated or milled edge border.

Record Book:
None Required. It is strongly recommended by the Secretary of State and the American Association of Notaries that Idaho notaries public record every notarial act in a notary journal. For Idaho 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 - $2.00
  • Jurats - $2.00
  • Oaths or affirmations - $2.00
  • Certification of a non-recordable document - $2.00

Note: In addition to the fee, a notary public may charge for travel.

An Idaho notary has the authority to:

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Certify affidavits (to include verification) or depositions of witnesses
  • Certify that a copy of an original document is a true copy thereof, only if a certified copy of such original cannot be obtained from an official custodian of the document
  • Certify the affixation of a signature by mark on an instrument
  • Perform other acts permitted by law
Electronic Notarization:
The State of Idaho has not enacted/adopted statutes, rules, and/or procedures for electronic notarizations.
Address Change:
Required. A notary must notify the Secretary of State in writing within 60 days of a change with a $5 filing fee. If the notary’s residence has not changed, but the notary wishes to change the mailing address only, the notary must submit written notice to the Secretary of State specifying a change of mailing address only without a fee. Click here to download the change of address form
Name Change:
Required. A notary must notify the Secretary of State in writing with a filing fee of $5 within 60 days of such a change. Idaho notaries must notarize under their commissioned names. Click here to download the name change form -
Required. If a notary voluntarily resigns, dies, or becomes ineligible or incompetent, the notary, guardian, or personal representative must provide notice to the Secretary of State within 30 days. The notary public or representative must destroy the notary public commission and seal.

If a notary public is a state employee and the bond was obtained through the Bureau of Risk Management, the notary public is required to resign his commission upon termination of his state job.
Criminal Offense:
A notary public and his or her employer shall be jointly and severally liable for all damages proximately caused by official misconduct if the notary public was acting within the scope of his employment and the employer had actual knowledge of, or reasonably should have known of, the notary public’s official misconduct. A notary public who knowingly and willfully commits an act of official misconduct shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any employer of a notary public who willfully induces a notary public to commit an act of official misconduct shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Notarial Certificates:
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Revised: July 2015

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