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How to Become a Notary in the State of Oklahoma

by American Association of Notaries
Please follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to become an Oklahoma notary.

To become an Oklahoma notary, a notary applicant must:

1. Be 18 years of age or older
2. Be a legal resident of Oklahoma or a non-resident employed in the state of Oklahoma
3. Never have been convicted of a felony
4. Be able to read and write in the English language

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

1. Completing an application on the Oklahoma Secretary of State's website and paying the filing fee
2. Waiting for your Oklahoma Notary Public Commission Certificate, notary guide, and blank surety bond form that contains the oath of office and a loyalty oath
3. Purchasing a four-year, $1,000 Oklahoma notary bond
4. Purchasing an Oklahoma notary public seal
5. Having the oath of office and loyalty oath notarized
6. Submitting to the Secretary of State the notary bond, oath of office, loyalty oath, official signature, and an impression of the notary public seal along with another filing fee
7. Waiting for the Secretary of State to mail you a receipt


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

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

How do I renew my Oklahoma notary commission?

Renewing your Oklahoma notary public commission requires you to take the same steps as a new applicant, but a $20.00 filing fee is required instead of $25.00 filing fee. Please click here to begin the renewal process.

When can I renew my Oklahoma notary commission?

You can renew your Oklahoma notary public commission up to six weeks before your current commission expiration date.

How much does it cost to become an Oklahoma notary?

When you seek to become an Oklahoma notary, a $25.00 filing fee for new applicants and a $20.00 filing fee for renewals will be required from the Secretary of State to process your Oklahoma notary application. A four-year, $1,000 Oklahoma notary bond is also required. The cost of the notary bond is only $30.00. The notary bond can purchase at the American Association of Notaries' website http://www.oklahomanotary.com/how-to-become-an-oklahoma-notary/. You also need an Oklahoma notary public seal (prices vary based on the notary stamp and notary embosser units you select). Please visit http://www.oklahomanotary.com/stamps.asp for Oklahoma notary stamps and Oklahoma notary supplies. After you receive your notary bond, a notarization fee will be required from a notary public to have the oath of office and loyalty oath completed. When submitting the bond, oath of office, and loyalty oath, a $10.00 filing fee will be required from the Secretary of State to finalize your notary public commission process.

How long does it take to become an Oklahoma notary public?

If your online application is completed correctly, it usually takes one to two business days for the Oklahoma Secretary of State to approve the application and email you the Oklahoma Notary Public Commission Certificate. The time it takes for you to receive your Oklahoma notary bond and Oklahoma notary public seal depends on the vendor you choose. If the four-year, $1,000 Oklahoma notary bond is purchased online through us, it's emailed in one business day, and the Oklahoma notary public seal is shipped out in one to two business days. From this point, it all depends on when you have the oath of office and loyalty oath completed and mail it to the Secretary of State with your bond and filing fee. The Secretary of State should mail you a receipt in about two weeks to confirm receipt of the required forms.

How long does an Oklahoma notary commission last?

An Oklahoma notary terms lasts for four years. To verify when your term begins and ends, you'll have to look at the effective and expiration dates of the Oklahoma notary public commission certificate that was issued to you by the Secretary of State. Please note you're not officially considered a notary public until you've submitted the notary bond, notary seal impression, official signature, oath of office, loyalty oath, and filing fee to the Secretary of State and you receive a receipt in return. To continue performing notarial acts as an Oklahoma notary after your current expiration date, you'll have to renew your commission before your notary term expires. Please click here to renew your Oklahoma notary public commission.

Where do I purchase the four-year, $1,000 Oklahoma notary bond?

The Oklahoma notary bond can be purchased online at http://www.oklahomanotary.com/how-to-become-an-oklahoma-notary/. The cost for the four-year, $1,000 Oklahoma notary bond is $30.00. Notary bonds are issued within one business day.

Why do I need an Oklahoma notary bond?

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

Does the Oklahoma notary bond protect me if I get sued?

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

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

The Oklahoma notary errors and omissions insurance 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.oklahomanotary.com/eo.asp.

Do I need to purchase an Oklahoma notary stamp? What notary supplies do I need when I become an Oklahoma notary?

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

1. It needs to be a rubber inking stamp or a metal embossing seal
2. It must include the notary's name, the words "State of Oklahoma," and the words "Notary Public."

Please note the Secretary of State requires each notary to authenticate all official acts, attestations, and instruments with the notary seal and include the notary's official signature, commission number, and commission expiration date. The commission number and commission expiration date may be a part of the notary's notary stamp or notary embosser.

How do I order an Oklahoma notary stamp and record book?

Please go to http://www.oklahomanotary.com/stamps.asp to order your Oklahoma notary supplies. All our Oklahoma notary stamps and Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma notary commission certificate?

So that we may accurately prepare your Oklahoma notary bond and notary supplies, please email of fax us a copy of your Oklahoma notary public commission certificate.

How can I train to become an Oklahoma notary?

The Oklahoma Secretary of State's Notary Guide and Statutes are available at https://www.sos.ok.gov/notary/default.aspx.

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