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Become a Louisiana Notary

Abbreviation: LA   |   18th State   |   Statehood: April 30, 1812   |  
Eligibility:
To become a Louisiana notary you must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a resident of the state of Louisiana
  • Be a registered to vote in the parish in which the person seeks a notary commission
  • Be able to read, write, speak, and is sufficiently knowledgeable of the English language
  • Is not under interdiction or incapable of serving as a notary because of mental infirmity
  • Must hold a high school diploma or been issued a high school equivalency diploma
  • Not have been convicted of a felony and not been pardoned
 
Qualification:
In order to receive a Louisiana notary public commission, a person must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • 45 days prior to the notary examination, the applicant completes and submits an Application to Qualify to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $25 and the Examination Registration Form with a registration fee of $75. To download the forms, visit -
http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/FileNotaryDocuments/GetFormsAndFeeSchedule/Pages/default.aspx
  • Take and pass the state notary examination
  • After passing the notary exam, the applicant must file with the Secretary of State along with a $35 commission filing fee, the following documents:
    1. Two (2) Original Oath of Office
    2. $10,000 surety bond or Errors and Omissions Policy or Personal Surety approved by the parish Clerk of Court (Attorneys do not need to file a notary bond)
    3. Original Signature Page
    4. Certificate of Good Standing issued from the Louisiana Supreme Court if you are an attorneys
  • File a duplicate original Oath of Office with the parish Clerk of Court within one month after the oath is administered. (In Orleans Parish, file with the Clerk of Civil District Court.)
 
Non-Residents Louisiana Notary:
Permitted only for non-resident attorneys licensed to practice law with offices in the state of Louisiana will be notary public ex officio upon filing a certificate of good standing from the Louisiana Supreme Court with the Secretary of State. These notaries ex officio are authorized and empowered to exercise all the powers and functions of a commissioned notary public in any parish or parishes in which they maintain an office open to the public for the practice of law. These non-resident attorneys do require submitting a $10,000 surety bond or Errors and Omissions Policy or Personal Surety. Click here to obtain an Application for Non Resident Ex officio Status form: http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/FileNotaryDocuments/GetFormsAndFeeSchedule/Pages/default.aspx
 
Louisiana Notary Bond:
Required. $10,000 surety bond or Errors and Omissions Policy or Personal Surety required of new notaries—Attorneys are exempt. Surety bonds and Errors and Omissions policies must be renewed every 5 years to prevent the suspension of a notary commission. An person who is commissioned as a Provisional Notary Public must maintain a bond at the expense of his/her employer in the amount of $20,000.
 
Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance:
Optional. A notary public is liable to any person for damages that result from the misconduct of the notary public. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommend Louisiana notaries public to insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of a Notary Errors and Omissions insurance.
 
Filing Fee:
$25 qualifying application fee; $35 commission filing fee.
 
Louisiana Notary Term:
Life. A Provisional Notary Public has notarial functions as long as he/she is employed with the employer who posted his/her bond and was named on the application for provisional notarial appointment.
 
Jurisdiction:
Statewide for attorneys. Notaries public are commissioned in the parish of their residence. Notaries in reciprocal parishes have the authority to exercise their official notarial acts within the group reciprocal parishes created by the legislature that have a population of less than forty thousand in which he/she or his/her employer maintains an office without additional bonding or examination. If the parishes are not reciprocal, notaries have to obtain a Dual Commission to notarize in another parish and maintain bonds in both parishes.
 
Appointment:
Governor may appoint with the consent of the Senate.
Secretary of State
Notary Division
PO Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Telephone--(225) 922-0507
Facsimile--(225) 932-5359
http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/BecomeALouisianaNotary/Pages/default.aspx
 
Education/Testing:
Required. Attorneys, appointed notaries public seeking a dual commission, or notaries public qualifying for a commission in a new parish because of a change in residence are exempt from having to take the notary examination. The Secretary of State administers the notary examination regionally twice a year on the first Saturday in June and December.
 
Louisiana Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:
None Required. A Louisiana notary’s signature is his/her seal.
 
Record Book:
Required--only for notaries in Orleans Parish. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Louisiana notaries maintain a notary journal of every notarial act they perform for their records and protection from liability. For Louisiana notary supplies contact the American Association of Notaries by calling 800.721.2663 or visiting our website at www.usnotaries.com.
 
Notary Fees:
Louisiana does not have a statutory fee schedule which would determine or limit what a notary public can charge for his/her notarial services.
 
Authority:
Louisiana notary has the authority to:

  • Make inventories, appraisements, and partitions
  • Receive wills, make protests, matrimonial contracts, and all contracts and instruments of writing
  • Hold family meetings and meetings of creditors
  • Take acknowledgments under private signature
  • Make affidavits of corrections
  • Affix the seals upon the effects of deceased persons, and to raise the same
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Perform copy certifications
 
Address Change:
Required. Notaries must notify the Secretary of State within 60 days after the date of any change in residential address and mailing address. To change the parish of residence, notaries are required to undergo a new qualifying application process for the new parish of residence.
 
Name Change:
Required. To change the name on a commission, the notary must provide the Secretary of State, along with a $35 commission fee, the following documents:

  • Execute another Oath of Office with the new name
  • Change the bond with the new name
  • Supply another Official Notarial Signature Form, and
  • Submit a Name Change Form

To download the Name Change Form, visit http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/FileNotaryDocuments/GetFormsAndFeeSchedule/Pages/default.aspx.

 
Retirement:
Optional. Non-attorney notaries who are the age of 70 may retire their commission. Click here to download the Retirement Status Affidavit: http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/FileNotaryDocuments/GetFormsAndFeeSchedule/Pages/default.aspx

Resignation:
Any notary may resign his/her commission by signing a letter of resignation and forwarding it to the Office of the Secretary of State.
 
Criminal Offense:
Notarizing after the expiration of a bond or a cancelled surety is a misdemeanor offense. Knowingly violating state notary laws may carry criminal penalties.
 
Notarial Certificates:
Click here to view your state's notarial certificates.

Revised: August 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.