How to become a Wyoming Notary

Abbreviation: WY   |   44th State   |   Statehood: July 10, 1890 |
How to become a notary in Wyoming:
To become a notary in Wyoming, a notary applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be a resident of the state of Wyoming and of the county to which the applicant is submitting the application
  3. Be able to read and write the English language
  4. Not have been convicted of a felony, unless the felony conviction has been pardoned, reversed, or annulled and all rights have been restored
 
Qualifications for becoming a notary in Wyoming:
In order to become a Wyoming notary and receive a Wyoming notary public commission, a notary applicant must:
  1. Meet the eligibility requirements provided in the previous section.
  2. Complete and sign the PDF notary public application on their computer and print it out.
  3. Download the application form from the Secretary of State website at http://soswy.state.wy.us/Services/Notaries.aspx or click here.
  4. Mail the application along with a fee of $30 (check/money order) to the Secretary of State.
  5. Obtain a $500 surety bond.
  6. Take the bond to the county clerk’s office at the county where the applicant resides to be filed within 60 days from the beginning date of the notary public commission. (If the bond is not filed in a timely manner, the notary will be disqualified.)
  7. Take the oath of office at the county clerk’s office where the applicant resides, and the county clerk will record the bond, oath of office, and issue the notary public commission certificate for a filing fee of $14.
  8. Purchase an official seal/stamp (ink or embossed) before notarizing documents.
 
Can a non-resident become a notary in Wyoming?
No. A person who is not a resident of Wyoming does not qualify for a Wyoming notary public commission. However, a notary public of a contiguous state may notarize in Wyoming if that state grants Wyoming notaries the same notarial officer’s authority within that state. Currently, Montana is the only state extending such reciprocity. Similarly, a Montana notary public may perform notarial acts in Wyoming with the same effect under Wyoming law as if a Wyoming notary public performed the notarial act. This “reciprocity” provision only exists for Montana and Wyoming, no other states.
 
Is a Wyoming notary bond required to become a notary in Wyoming?
Yes. A Wyoming surety bond in the amount of $500 is required for new and renewing notaries public. A notary public commission is not effective until the surety bond is filed with the county clerk in the county which the notary resides.
 
Do I need a Wyoming 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 Wyoming notaries to purchase an errors and omissions insurance policy for their protection against liability.
 
How much does it cost to become a notary in Wyoming?
To become a notary public in Wyoming, a notary applicant’s required expenses include the following: (1) a $30 filing fee to process the application for appointment or reappointment; (2) a surety bond; (3) a $14 filing fee to record the notary’s surety bond; (4) a notary stamp; (5) a notary journal if the notary wishes to maintain one. In addition, there will be a cost if a Wyoming notary wishes to purchase an errors and omissions insurance policy for their protection against liability.
 
How long is the term of a notary public commission in Wyoming?
The term of office of a Wyoming 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 Wyoming.
 
Where can I perform notarial acts in Wyoming?
A Wyoming notary public has statewide jurisdiction and may perform notarial acts in any county at any location in Wyoming. A Wyoming notary may not perform notarial acts outside Wyoming, with the exception of Montana. The state of Montana is the only contiguous state that grants a Wyoming notary public similar notarial officer’s authority within that state. Similarly, a Montana notary public may perform notarial acts in Wyoming with the same effect under Wyoming law as if a Wyoming notary public performed the notarial act. This “reciprocity” provision only exists for Montana and Wyoming, no other states.
 
Who appoints Wyoming notaries public?
The Wyoming Secretary of State appoints Wyoming notaries public.

 

Contact information for the Secretary of State is as follows:

 

Wyoming Secretary of State
Notary Division
State Capitol Building
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
(307) 777-5335
http://soswy.state.wy.us/Services/Notaries.aspx

 
How to renew your Wyoming notary commission:
A Wyoming notary public may re-apply for a new commission six weeks prior to his or her current commission expiration date. The renewal procedure is the same as the initial commissioning process including the required application, application fee, and filing a notary bond with the county clerk. The Secretary of State does not send out renewal notices. To download the Notary Application/Renewal form, visit the Secretary of State website at http://soswy.state.wy.us/Services/NotariesOverview.aspx or click here.
 
Are there any exams or notary course requirements to become a notary or renew your Wyoming notary commission?
No. Wyoming state law does not require a course of study or examination to become a notary public in Wyoming. A voluntary “self-help” test complete with correct answers is available online with the Secretary of State for an applicant to use. It is not required to send the test results to the Secretary of State with the notary application. To take the “self-help” test, go to: http://soswy.state.wy.us/Services/AdditionalNotaryInfo.aspx or click here.
 
Do I need to purchase a notary stamp in Wyoming
Yes. Wyoming law requires all notaries public to use a rubber-inked stamp or embosser to authenticate all notarial acts performed. Section 32-1-106 of the Wyoming Statutes provides the legal specifications regarding the layout and the information required on all notary stamps.

 

Dimensions: May be of circular form, not to be over 2 inches in diameter, ormay be of rectangular form, not more than 3/4 of an inch in width by 2 ½ inches in length with a serrated or milled edge border.

 

Required Elements: The Wyoming notary stamp must contain the following elements:

  • The notary public’s name
  • The words “Notary Public”
  • The name of the county in which the notary resides
  • The word “Wyoming”
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    Note: If the notary changes his or her county of residence to a different county than that which is shown on the notary stamp, the notary must obtain anew notary stamp that includes the new county.

     
    Is a notary journal required in Wyoming?
    No. Wyoming law does not require a Wyoming notary public to record all of his or her performed notarial acts in a journal. However, the Wyoming Secretary of State and the American Association of Notaries recommend that all Wyoming notaries record every notarial act performed in a permanent, paper-bound journal with numbered pages, designed to deter fraud as a protective measure against liability. For Wyoming notary supplies, visit our website at www.usnotaries.com , call (800) 721-2663 or click here.
     
    How much can a Wyoming notary charge for performing notarial acts?
    Wyoming notary fees are set by statute (§34-26-302[a]). The maximum allowable fees that a Wyoming notary public can charge for notarial acts are listed below:
  • For taking an acknowledgment - $5 per signature
  • For administering an oath or affirmation without a signature - $5 per person
  • For witnessing or attesting a signature - $5 per signature
  • For executing a jurat - $5 per signature
  • For certifying or attesting a copy - $5 per page certified
  • For taking a verification upon oath or affirmation - $5 per certificate
  • For noting a protest of a negotiable instrument - $5 per protest
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    Note: A notary may charge a travel fee when traveling to perform a notarial act if: (1) the person requesting the notarial act agrees upon the travel fee in advance of the travel; and (2) the notary explains to the person that the travel fee is separate from the notarial fee, if any; and (3) explains neither is specified nor mandated by law.

     
    What notarial acts can a Wyoming notary public perform?
    A Wyoming notary public is authorized to perform these notarial acts:
  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Take verifications upon oath or affirmation
  • Perform jurats
  • Witness or attest signatures
  • Certify or attest copies
  • Note protests of negotiable instruments
  • Perform other notarial acts authorized by law
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    Can I perform electronic notarizations in Wyoming?
    Yes. The state of Wyoming has not yet adopted statutes or regulations that establish rules, guidelines, standards, and procedures for electronic notarization. Nevertheless, Wyoming has adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, including the provision on notarization and acknowledgment (Title 40, Chapter 21, Sections 40-21-101 through 40-21-119), which authorizes electronic signatures used by Wyoming notaries. Section 40-21-111 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.” Effective January 1, 2017, Wyoming also adopted the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act that authorizes electronic signatures used by Wyoming notaries public. Most importantly, Wyoming state law requires that a document signer personally appear before a 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, Wyoming notaries public are prohibited from performing online webcam notarizations.
     
    How do I change my address?
    When a Wyoming notary public moves out of the county in which the notary was originally commissioned, the notary public commission is automatically voided. The notary may apply for a new notary commission in the notary’s new county of residence if the notary wishes to continue being a notary public. After applying for a new commission and upon approval, the notary must purchase a new notary seal with the new county name. If a notary changes his or her address within the commission county, the notary is required to notify the Secretary of State of the change of address. To change an address, go to: http://soswy.state.wy.us/Services/NotariesName.aspx or click here.
     
    Do I have to change my name on my notary commission in Wyoming?
    Optional. When a Wyoming notary public lawfully changes his or her name during the term of the notary’s commission, the notary is required to notify the Secretary of State in writing of the new name change. The options for a notary with a new name are: (1) apply for a new commission with the new name, and pay $30; (2) continue to use or be commissioned as a notary public under the old name; or (3) file a certified copy of the court order, divorce decree, or certificate of marriage showing the new name change with the Secretary of State and the county clerk and pay a $3 fee to the Secretary of State, plus a fee to the county clerk. Filing the certified documents with the Secretary of State and the county clerk allows a notary public to add the new name after the notary’s present last name as it appears on the notary’s commission. The notary need not obtain a new seal/stamp, but must add the new last name after the present name when signing. If the notary does nothing, the notary can simply continue to use the last name that appears on the notary’s commission until the commission expires.
     
    Prohibited Notarial Acts:
    These activities by a Wyoming notary public provide a basis for administrative disciplinary action:
  • Preparing, drafting, selecting, or giving advice concerning legal documents
  • Performing acts that constitute the practice of law
  • Claiming to have powers, qualifications, rights, or privileges that the office of notary public does not provide
  • Notarizing a document that does not contain a notarial certificate
  • Influencing a person either to enter into or avoid a transaction involving a notarial act if the notary is not an attorney licensed to practice law in Wyoming
  • Using the title “notario publico” when advertising his or her notarial services
  • Charging more than the fee prescribed by law for notarial services
  • Notarizing a document without the signer being in the notary’s presence at the time of the notarization
  • Notarizing a document if the signer of the document is not personally known to the notary or identified by the notary through satisfactory evidence of identity
  • Investigating, ascertaining, or attesting the lawfulness, propriety, accuracy, or truthfulness of a document or transaction involving a notarial act
  • Performing any notarial act with the intent to deceive or defraud
  • Notarizing his or her own signature
  • Using a signature stamp to sign notarial certificates when performing notarial acts
  • Signing a notarial certificate under any other name than the one under which the notary was commissioned
  • Notarizing a notarial certificate containing information known or believed by the notary to be false
  • Providing or sending a signed or sealed notarial certificate to another person with the understanding that it will be completed or attached to a document outside of the notary’s place of business
  • Using his or her notary title or seal to endorse, promote, denounce, or oppose any product, service, contest, candidate, or other offering
  • Selling his or her notary seal
  • Notarizing a facsimile or a faxed copy of a signature
  • Notarizing a document seen only partially
  • Dating a notarial certificate before a document’s date of signing
  • Post-dating or ante-dating oaths or acknowledgments
  • Invading the party’s privacy by reading the notarized document
  • Notarizing a document the notary cannot identify
  • Using “white-out” products on a notarized document
  • Validating a document
  • Legalizing a document
  • Proving a statement taken under oath or affirmation is true
  • Refusing notary services to anyone who makes a reasonable and lawful request for a notarization
  • Notarizing a document when the notary has a personal financial or beneficial interest in the transaction being notarized
  • Notarizing documents that contain blanks
  • Certifying a copy of documents recordable in the public records
  • Certifying or authenticating a photograph
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    Official Notarial Misconduct:
    Wyoming notaries public who commit official malfeasance may be subject to criminal liability, civil liability, and administrative disciplinary action:

     

    32-1-109. Notary acting after term expires. “Whoever, having been appointed a notary public, does or performs any act as a notary public, after the expiration of his or her term of office, knowing that such term of office has expired, shall be fined not more than $500 nor less than $25.”

     

    6-5-114. Notarial officers; issuance of certificate without proper acknowledgment; penalties. “A notarial officer commits a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both, if he signs and affixes his seal to a certificate of acknowledgment when the party executing the instrument has not first acknowledged the execution of the instrument in the presence of, as defined in W.S. 34-26-101(b)(xxi), the notarial officer, if by law the instrument is required to be recorded or filed and cannot be filed without a certificate of acknowledgment signed and sealed by a notarial officer.”

     

    6-5-107. Official misconduct; penalties. “(a) A public servant commits a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), if, with intent to obtain a pecuniary benefit or maliciously to cause harm to another, he knowingly: (i) Commits an act relating to his official duties that the public servant does not have the authority to undertake; (ii) Refrains from performing a duty imposed upon him by law; or (iii) Violates any statute relating to his official duties. (b) A public officer commits a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) if he intentionally fails to perform a duty in the manner and within the time prescribed by law.”

     

    6-5-108. Issuing false certificate; penalties. “(a) A public servant commits a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), or both, if he makes and issues an official certificate or other official written instrument which he is authorized to make and issue containing a statement which he knows to be false with intent to obtain a benefit or maliciously to cause harm to another. (b) A public servant commits a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or both, if he makes and issues an official certificate or other official written instrument which he is authorized to make and issue containing a statement which he knows to be false.”

     

    6-5-303. False swearing in nonjudicial or nonadministrative proceeding; false claims or vouchers; penalties. “(a) A person commits a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00), or both, if, while under a lawfully administered oath or affirmation in a matter where an oath is authorized by law, he knowingly makes a false certificate, affidavit, acknowledgment, declaration or statement other than in a judicial or administrative proceeding. (b) A person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00), or both, if he knowingly submits a false claim or voucher with intent to defraud. (c) A person who knowingly makes a false certification under W.S. 1-2-104 is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00), or both.”

    Wyoming Notary Laws and Regulations:
    Wyoming Statutes, Title 32, Chapter 1, “Notaries Public”
    http://legisweb.state.wy.us/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm

     

    Wyoming Statutes, Title 34, Chapter 26, Article 1, Sections 101-109, “Uniform Law on Notarial Acts”
    http://legisweb.state.wy.us/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm

     

    Wyoming Statutes, Title 34, Chapter 26, Article 2, Sections 201-206, “Powers of Notarial Officers”
    http://legisweb.state.wy.us/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm

     

    Wyoming Statutes, Title 34, Chapter 26, Article 3, Sections 301-304, “Notarial Officer Fees”
    http://legisweb.state.wy.us/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm

     

    Wyoming Administrative Code, “Notary Rules” promulgated by the Secretary of State
    https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=7

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

    Revised: December 2017

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