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How to Become a Notary in the State of Indiana

by American Association of Notaries
If you're interested in becoming an Indiana notary public the information listed below will guide you step-by-step.

To become an Indiana notary, a notary applicant must be:

1. 18 years of age or older
2. Legal resident of the State of Indiana
3. Posses an Indiana Driver License, Identification Card, or any other acceptable form of identification and proof Indiana residence
4. Never been convicted of a crime

If you meet the above qualifications you can apply to become an Indiana notary by:

1. Purchasing a 8-Year $5,000 Indiana notary bond from an approved bonding agency
2. Starting an online application on the Secretary of State's Online Notary Portal
3. Completing the multiple choice training questions on the SOS Online Notary Portal
4. Entering your personal and bond information on the application
5. Reading and accepting the oath of office
6. Paying the application and commission fee
7. Printing out your Indiana notary public commission certificate from the link on State's emailed confirmation letter

How can I start the Indiana notary application process to become an Indiana notary?

To become a Indiana notary, please follow the instructions listed on the previous section on "How to become a Indiana notary". Click here for more information on how to become a Indiana notary, and read our Indiana law section. More information can found at the Indiana Secretary of State's website.

How do I renew my Indiana notary commission?

Renewing your Indiana notary commission requires you to take the same steps as applying for an Indiana notary commission for the first time. A new application should be started before the notary's expiration date to ensure an uninterrupted authority.

When can I renew my Indiana notary commission?

You can renew your Indiana notary commission within 60 days before your commission expiration date.

How much does it cost to become an Indiana Notary?

To become an Indiana notary you must purchase an 8-year $5,000 Indiana notary bond. The cost of the Indiana notary bond is only $50.00. The notary bond can be purchase at the American Association of Notaries' website http://www.indiananotary.com/stamps.asp#bonds. The Indiana Secretary of State also require all Indiana notary applicants to pay $11.22 for the application and commission fee after completing the online application. You also need an Indiana notary stamp (price varies on the notary stamp unit you select). Please visit http://www.indiananotary.com/stamps.asp for notary stamps and supplies options.

How long does it take to become an Indiana Notary Public?

The 8-year $5,000 Indiana notary bonds purchased from the American Association of Notaries are issued within one business day. Online applications completed at the Indiana Secretary of State website speeds up the application process. If all the information is completed correctly at the Secretary of State's website, you will receive a confirmation letter by email within 1-2 business days. The confirmation letter will have a link to print out your Indiana notary public commission certificate.

How long is an Indiana notary commission for?

An Indiana notary term is for 8 years. To verify when your term begins and ends you'll have to take a look at the effective and expiration dates of your Indiana notary public commission certificate that is issued to you when your application was approved. To continue performing notarial acts as a an Indiana notary after your current expiration date you'll have to renew your commission before your notary term expires. Please click here to renew your commission.

Where do I purchase the 8-Year $5,000 Indiana notary bond?

The Indiana notary bond can be purchased online at http://www.indiananotary.com/how-to-become-an-indiana-notary/. The cost for the 8-Year $5,000 Indiana notary bond is $50.00. Notary bonds are issued within one business day.

Why do I need an Indiana Notary Bond?

The State of Indiana requires all Indiana notary applicants to purchase a notary bond to protect the public from any errors and omissions the notary may commit.

Does the Indiana notary bond protects me if I get sued?

No. To protect yourself as an Indian notary you need to purchase an Indiana errors and omissions (E&O) policy. It will cover any unintentional errors or omissions made by the notary.

Do I need to purchase an Indiana notary errors and omissions (E&O) policy?

The Indiana notary errors and omissions insurance (E&O) policy is optional but highly recommended. It is very affordable and covers you even if a claim is invalid. We offer E&O policies at http://www.indiananotary.com/eo.asp.

Do I need to purchase an Indiana notary stamp, what notary supplies do I need when I become an Indiana notary?

When becoming an Indiana notary, in order to perform notarial acts in the State of Indiana, you need by minimum an Indiana notary stamp or an embossing seal. A notary record book sometimes called a journal is recommended by the Secretary of State but not required. An Indiana notary stamp or seal must meet at the minimum the following requirements:

1. Needs to be a notary rubber stamp or a notary embossing seal
2. Indicate the notary's official character of "Notary Public"

The Secretary of State advises for convenience and security to add the following:

1. The words "Notary Public - State of Indiana"
2. The notary's name as it appears on their commission certificate
3. The Notary's Resident County
4. The Notary's Commission Number
5. The Notary's Commission Expiration Date

How to order Indiana Notary Stamp and Record Book?

Please go to http://www.indiananotary.com/stamps.asp to order your Indiana notary supplies. All of our notary stamps and notary supplies come with a life-time replacement guarantee, are made in-house, and are shipped in one business day.

Do I need send you my Indiana notary commission certificate?

Please fax or email us your commission certificate so we can prepare your notary supplies (if purchased).

How can I train to become a Indiana notary?

The State of Indiana's Notary Public Department has a Official Notary Guide for download at http://www.in.gov/sos/business/2378.htm.

Click here to learn more about how to become an Indiana notary.
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