How to Become a Notary Public In Florida

A Florida notary public applicant must be 18 years of age or older, a legal resident of Florida, and be able to read, write, and understand the English language. He or she cannot have been convicted of a felony.

If you meet these requirements, then follow these steps:

1- Complete a Florida notary education course. A first time applicant for a Florida notary commission must submit proof that he or she has, within one year prior to filing an application, completed at least three hours of interactive or classroom instruction. The Department of State's Notary Education Program satisfies this requirement and can be taken online, free of charge, at

2- Find a bonding agency that is approved to operate in Florida and that provides a one-stop-shop to issue your Florida notary bond, manufacture your notary stamp, and file your application with the Florida Governor's Office.

3- Properly complete and submit a notary application form to the bonding agency. The bonding agency will forward the application to the Florida Department of State. If there is any information missing, your application will be returned to the bonding agency until all necessary materials have been submitted.

4- If you have been convicted of a felony, had adjudication withheld, or are on probation, you must submit a written statement regarding the nature and circumstances of the charges; a copy of the Judgment and Sentencing Order; and, if convicted, a copy of the Certification of Restoration of Civil Rights (or pardon).

5- If your application is approved, the bonding agency will mail you the Florida notary commission and notary stamp. It is your job as a Florida notary to ensure that the name on your Florida notary stamp matches the name on your Florida notary commission certificate.

It usually takes about ten days to be approved by the Florida Governor's Office to become a Florida notary. The Florida notary term is for four years. The cost of the Florida notary bond, the state filing fee, and notary stamp ranges from $79.00 to $151.00 depending on the bonding agency that you use.

Click here to apply online and learn more about how to become a Florida notary public

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