Become a Wyoming Notary

Abbreviation: WY   |   44th State   |   Statehood: July 10, 1890 |
To become a Wyoming notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • 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
The process for becoming a Wyoming notary public is as follows:

  • 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.
Non-Resident Wyoming Notary:
Not permitted. However, a notary of a contiguous state may notarize in Wyoming if that state grants Wyoming notaries the same authority within that state. Currently, Montana is the only state extending such reciprocity.
Wyoming Notary Bond:
A $500 surety bond is required for new and renewing notaries.
Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance:
Optional. A notary public is liable to any person for damages that result from his or her official misconduct as a notary public. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Wyoming notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance.
Filing Fee:
A $30 filing fee is required for new and renewal notary applications.
Wyoming Notary Term:
Four years.
Wyoming Secretary of State
Notary Division, State Capitol Building
200 West 24th Street, Room 109
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
(307) 777-5335
Notary Commission Renewal:
A notary public may re-apply six weeks prior to his or her commission expiration date. The renewal process is the same as for a new notary public commission. The secretary of state does not send out renewal notices.
None Required. Notaries public are encouraged to obtain and review the Notaries Public Handbook provided by the Secretary of State.
Wyoming Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:

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.

Record Book:
None Required. It is strongly recommended by the Secretary of State and the American Association of Notaries that Wyoming notaries public record every notarial act in a permanently bound journal. For Wyoming notary supplies, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling (800) 721-2663 or by visiting our website at
Notary Fees:
Notarial fees are set by state law. A notary public is allowed to charge for each notarial act, but not more than:

  • 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
Note: A notary may charge a travel fee when traveling to perform a notarial act if the person requesting the notarial act agrees upon the travel fee in advance of the travel and the notary explains to the person that the travel fee is separate from the notarial fee.
A Wyoming notary has the authority to:

  • 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
Electronic Notarization:
The State of Wyoming has not enacted/adopted statutes, rules, and/or procedures for electronic notarizations.
Address Change:
Required. When a notary public moves out of the county where he or she was originally commissioned, the commission is no longer valid. The notary public must apply for a new notary commission showing the new county of residence if he or she wishes to continue as a notary public. The notary must obtain a new notary seal with the new county name. If a notary merely changes his or her address within the county, the notary must notify the Secretary of State of the change of address.
Name Change:
Optional. When a notary changes his or her surname, the notary may continue to use the issued notary commission and seal or obtain a new one. The procedures in the event of a name change are as follows:
  • 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.
Prohibited Acts:
A notary public may not:

  • 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
Criminal Violation:
  • 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.

Notarial Certificates:
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Revised: September 2015

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