How to become a New Jersey Notary

Abbreviation: NJ   |   3rd State   |   Statehood: December 18, 1787 |
To become a New Jersey notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of the State of New Jersey or a resident of an adjoining state who maintains a place of business or is regularly employed in New Jersey
  • Be endorsed by a member of the Legislature
  • Not have been convicted of a crime under the laws of any state in the United States for an offense involving dishonesty or a crime of the second degree or above
To receive a New Jersey notary public commission, a person must:

  • First, meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Next, properly complete and submit a notary public application with the endorsement of a State Legislatorto the Department of the Treasury,—New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services with a $25 filing fee (plus a convenience fee of $5 if filing online). The Notary Public Online Application System and paper application form are available at
  • Within three months of the date of the commission, take the Commission Certificate and the Oath Qualification Certificate to the county clerk of the county in which he or she resides—or, if a non-resident, to the county clerk of the county where he or she maintains a place of business or is employed. There is a fee of $15 at the county clerk’s office. Failure to meet the three-month time limit will result in the cancellation and revocation of the commission.
  • The county clerk then transmits the Oath Qualification Certificate to the Notary Section within 10 days of administering the oath.
Non-Resident New Jersey Notary:
Permitted. A non-resident may obtain a New Jersey notary public commission if he or she lives in a state bordering New Jersey and maintains an office or is regularly employed in New Jersey. A non-resident applicant must also file with the Treasurer an affidavit setting forth his or her residence and the address of the office or place of employment.
New Jersey Notary Bond:
None required.
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 New Jersey notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance.
Filing Fee:
A $25 filing fee is required for new and renewal notary applications. A $30 filing fee is required to submit an online new or renewal notary application through the Notary Public Online Application System. For questions about filing an application online, please contact the New Jersey e-Government Services Help Desk at 609-586-2600.
New Jersey Notary Term:
Five years.
Department of the Treasury
Division of Revenue,
Business Support Services/Notary Section
PO Box 452
Trenton, NJ 08646-0452
(609) 292-0642
Notary Commission Renewal:
A notary public may apply 90 days before the expiration of his or her current commission by completing a renewal notary application form. The State sends out renewal packages three months prior to the commission expiration date.
None Required.
New Jersey Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:
None Required. New Jersey notaries public are encouraged to authenticate every notarial act with a seal of office that contains pertinent notary information. For New Jersey notary supplies, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling (800) 721-2663 or by visiting our website at
Record Book:
None Required. It is strongly recommended by the Department of the Treasury and the American Association of Notaries that New Jersey notaries public record every notarial act in a notary record book or journal. For New Jersey 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 - $2.50
  • Oaths and affirmations - $2.50
  • Jurats - $2.50
  • Protests - $2.50
  • Taking proof of a deed - $2.50
A New Jersey notary public has the authority to:

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Execute jurats
  • Protest instruments
  • Take proofs of deeds
Electronic Notarization:
The State of New Jersey has not enacted/adopted statutes, rules, and/or procedures for electronic notarizations.
Address Change:
Whenever a notary public changes his or her address, the notary must submit an online address change with the State Treasurer and notify the County Clerk of the county in which he or she resides. Click here for the form:
Name Change:
If a notary public adopts a different name, before notarizing any documents, the notary must submit a name change request with the State Treasurer. This can be done online:
Prohibited Acts:
A notary public may not:

  • Prepare, draft, select, or give legal advice regarding the preparation of legal documents or forms
  • Render assistance by giving advice or by preparing, reviewing, analyzing, or completing any forms, writings, pleadings, or other documents in person, in writing, electronically or otherwise
  • Represent persons in legal proceedings
  • Represent persons in the collection of delinquent bills or claims
  • Pre-date an action
  • Lend a journal, stamp, or other personalized notary equipment to another individual
  • Notarize a document without the signer being in the notary’s presence
  • Notarize documents in which he or she has a personal interest
Criminal Offense:
Notaries public who commit official misconduct may be subject to criminal liability, which may include the suspension or revocation of their notary public commissions.
Notarial Certificates:
Click here to view your state's notarial certificates.

Revised: August 2015

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