To become a Louisiana notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:
- Be 18 years or older
- Be a resident citizen or alien of the state of Louisiana
- Be registered to vote in the parish in which the person seeks a notary commission
- Be able to read, write, and speak, in English and be sufficiently knowledgeable of the English language
- Not be under interdiction or incapable of serving as a notary because of mental infirmity
- Hold a high school diploma, a diploma for completion of a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or a high school diploma issued after successfully completing the test of General Educational Development
- Not have been convicted of a felony or convicted and pardoned
Obtaining a Louisiana notary public commission requires following these steps:
- The applicant must meet the eligibility requirements.
- Forty-five days prior to the notary examination, the applicant must complete and submit an Application to Qualify to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $25.
- The applicant must register for and take the online Notary Exam Pre-Assessment and submit a $30 test fee.
- When the applicant receives a score for the pre-assessment, he or she can register to take the state notary exam by filling out and submitting the Examination Registration Form with a registration fee of $75. To download the forms click here.
- The applicant must 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:
- Two (2) original oaths of office to be filed with the Secretary of State and parish clerk of court
- A $10,000 surety bond or $10,000 errors and omissions policy or $10,000 personal surety bond approved by the parish Clerk of Court (attorneys do not need to file a notary bond)
- An original signature page
- If you are an attorney, a certificate of good standing issued from the Louisiana Supreme Court within the past 30 days
Non-Resident Louisiana Notary:
Permitted only for non-resident attorneys who are licensed to practice law and who maintain offices in the state of Louisiana. Such individuals 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 must submit a $10,000 surety bond or errors and omissions policy or personal surety bond. To obtain an Application for Non Resident Ex officio Status form, click here
Louisiana Notary Bond:
Required. A $10,000 surety bond or errors and omissions policy or personal surety bond is required of new notaries—resident attorneys are exempt. Surety bonds and errors and omissions policies must be renewed every five years to prevent the suspension of a notary commission. A person who is commissioned as a Provisional Notary Public must maintain a bond at the expense of his or 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 his or her official misconduct. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Louisiana notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance.
$25 qualifying application fee; $35 commission filing fee.
Louisiana Notary Term:
Life. A provisional notary public has notarial functions as long as he or she is employed with the employer who posted his or her bond and was named on the application for provisional notarial appointment.
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 or his 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.
The Governor may appoint with the consent of the Senate.
Secretary of State
PO Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Louisiana Secretary of State's Website
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 or her seal. However, a notary public is not prohibited from using an official notary seal. If a Louisiana notary public opts to use a notary seal in the performance of a notarial act, the notary seal should at least contain the notary’s name, the words “Notary Public,” “State of Louisiana” and “Parish of ____.” To purchase a notary seal, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling 800.721.2663 or visiting our website at www.usnotaries.com
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, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling 800.721.2663 or visiting our website at www.usnotaries.com
Louisiana does not have a statutory fee schedule to determine or limit what a notary public may charge for notarial services.
A 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
- Certify copies
The Secretary of State has not adopted rules and/or procedures for electronic notarizations. However, the State of Louisiana has enacted the Louisiana Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (RS 9:2601) Section 2611, which authorizes a notary’s electronic signature.
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, a notary must submit to the Secretary of State the following:
- A completed Application to Qualify (with a $25 qualifying fee and $35 commission fee)
- Two oaths of office to be filed with the Secretary of State and parish clerk of court
- An official signature page
- An original or certified copy of a notary surety bond, personal surety bond approved by the parish clerk of court, original errors and omissions policy, or a rider for an existing surety bond approved by the parish clerk of court in the amount of $10,000 (attorneys do not file notary bonds)
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:
- Two oaths of office with the new name
- A bond with the new name
- Another official notarial signature form
- A name change form
To download the name change form
Required. All non-attorney notaries are required to file an annual report and a $25 filing fee with the Secretary of State on or before the anniversary date of his or her notary commission on a form provided by the Secretary of State. If a notary fails to file an annual report within 60 days after it is due, the Secretary of State will suspend his or her commission until the annual reports and filing fees are current.
Optional. A notary public may provide the Secretary of State with a written request for retirement status with an affidavit attesting to the notary’s age and certifying that he or she will no longer exercise the duties and functions of a notary while retirement status is in effect. To download the Retirement Status Affidavit, click here
Any notary may resign his or her commission by signing a letter of resignation and forwarding it to the Office of the Secretary of State. After resigning, the notary shall not exercise any duties or functions of a notary public. To become an active notary public again, the person must complete the application process of his or her parish, including, if applicable, taking the exam.
Notarizing after the expiration of a bond or a cancelled surety is a misdemeanor offense. Knowingly violating state notary laws may carry criminal penalties. If a notary’s commission has been suspended or revoked or is no longer valid, or if a notary has retired or been convicted of a felony, and the notary continues to perform notarial acts, he or she may be fined not more than $1,000 and shall make full restitution for all costs and damages each party may have suffered from such unauthorized notarial acts.
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