Become a Wyoming Notary
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a resident of the State of Wyoming and the county from which the applicant is making the application
- Be able to read and write the English language
- Not have been convicted of a felony, unless the felony conviction has been pardoned, reversed, or annulled and all rights have been restored
- First, the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements.
- Next, he or she must properly complete and submit the notary application form to the Secretary of State with a $30 filing fee. Click here to download the application form:
- The Secretary of State will then notify the applicant that his or her application has been processed and will provide the commission expiration date.
- The applicant must then take the $500 surety bond to the county clerk office in the county where the applicant resides to be filed within 60 days. If the bond is not filed in a timely manner, the notary will be disqualified.
- Finally, the applicant must take the oath of office at the county clerk’s office where he or she 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.
Notary Division, State Capitol Building
200 West 24th Street, Room 109
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
Type – embosser or rubber-inked stamp
Ink color – any color as long as the seal can be reproduced under photographic methods
Shape – round or rectangular
Dimensions – if circular not over 2 inches in diameter or, if rectangular, not more than 3/4 of an inch in width by 2 ½ inches in length
Required elements – the seal must contain the notary public’s name and the words “Notary Public,” the name of the county in which the notary resides, and “Wyoming.” The seal/stamp must have a serrated or milled edge border. If the notary changes county of residence to a different county than that shown on the seal, the notary must have the seal altered to indicate the change.
- Acknowledgments - $5
- Oaths or affirmations - $5
- Witnessing or attesting a signature - $5
- Jurats - $5
- Certifying or attesting a copy - $5
- Taking a verification upon oath or affirmation - $5
- Protesting an instrument - $5
- Take acknowledgments
- Administer oaths and affirmations
- Perform jurats
- Witness or attest a signature
- Certify or attest a copy
- Protest instruments
- Perform other acts as authorized by the laws of the state
- When a notary marries or changes surnames, the notary must file a certified copy of the certificate of marriage or order of name change in the office of the county clerk of the county where the notary resides and send a certified copy of the marriage certificate or order of name change and a $3 filing fee to the Secretary of State. The surname of the notary’s spouse or the notary’s new surname may then be added after the notary’s name as it appears on the notary commission.
- When a notary divorces and the notary’s previous name is restored by the court, the notary must file a certified copy of the divorce decree in the office of the county clerk of the county where the notary resides and send a certified copy of the divorce decree, along with a $3 filing fee, to the Secretary of State.
- Instead of adopting the surname of the notary’s spouse, a notary may continue to use or be commissioned as a notary under the old name.
- Prepare, draft, select, or give advice concerning legal documents
- Perform acts that constitute the practice of law
- Claim to have powers, qualifications, rights or privileges that the office of notary public does not provide
- Notarize any document that does not have a complete notarial certificate on the document
- Influence 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
- Use the title “notario publico” when advertising his or her notarial services
- Overcharge for notarial acts
- Notarize a document without the signer being in the notary’s presence at the time of the notarization
- Notarize 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
- Investigate, ascertain, or attest the lawfulness, propriety, accuracy or truthfulness of a document or transaction involving a notarial act
- Perform any notarial act with the intent to deceive or defraud
- Notarize his or her own signature
- Use a signature stamp to sign a notarial certificate
- Sign a notarial certificate under any other name than the one under which the notary was commissioned
- Notarize a notarial certificate containing information known or believed by the notary to be false
- Provide or send 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
- Use his or her notary title or seal to endorse, promote, denounce, or oppose any product, service, contest, candidate or other offering
- Sell his or her notary seal
- Notarize a facsimile or a faxed copy of a signature
- Notarize a document seen only partially
- Date a notarial certificate before a document’s date of signing
- Post-date or ante-date any oath or acknowledgment
- Invade the party’s privacy by reading the notarized document
- Notarize a document the notary cannot identify
- Use “white-out” products on a document
- Validate a document
- Legalize a document
- Prove a statement taken under oath or affirmation is true
- Refuse notary services to anyone who makes a reasonable and lawful request for a notarization
- Notarize a document when the notary has a personal financial or beneficial interest in the transaction being notarized
- Notarize any document that contains blanks
- Certify copies of documents recordable in the public records
- Certify or authenticate a photograph
- 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.
- A notary commits a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of up to $750, or both if he or she signs and affixes his or her 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 the notary if the instrument is required by law to be recorded or filed and cannot be filed without a certificate of acknowledgment signed and sealed by a notary public.
- Notaries public who commit official misconduct may be subject to civil and criminal liability, which may include the revocation of their notary public commissions.
Revised: September 2015