How to Become an Alaska Notary
The Alaska Notary Process:
Are you interested in becoming an Alaska notary? Are you interested in generating extra income, starting your own Alaska notary business, adding a notary title to your resume, or helping people in your community? The State of Alaska appoints notaries to serve the public as unbiased impartial witnesses to document signing. Becoming a notary in Alaska is a straightforward process, and as long as you meet the eligibility requirements listed below, you can apply to become an Alaska notary. The American Association of Notaries has been helping individuals become notaries since 1994.
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What are the qualifications to become an Alaska notary?
To become a notary public in Alaska, a notary applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be legally residing in the United States.
- Be a resident of Alaska by being physically present in this state with the intent to remain indefinitely and by maintaining a place of abode in Alaska.
- Not have been convicted of a felony or incarcerated in a correctional facility for a felony conviction within ten years before the commission takes effect.
- Not have had a notary public commission revoked for failure to comply with notary law or for incompetence or malfeasance in carrying out the duties of notary public in this jurisdiction or another jurisdiction within ten years before the commission takes effect.
- Not have been disciplined for notarial misconduct in this jurisdiction or another jurisdiction where such disciplinary action prohibits the person from holding a notary public commission.
What is the process to become an Alaska notary?
To become an Alaska notary public and receive an Alaska notary public commission, a notary applicant must:
- Meet the eligibility requirements provided in the previous section.
- Obtain a surety bond in the amount of $1,000.
- Complete the application form or apply online with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
- Execute the oath of office on the application before a notary public.
- Send the original notarized hard copy application, the original surety bond, and the $40 application fee to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
Note: Applicants who have internet access, an active myAlaska account, the ability to receive email messages and scan documents, and who can pay the $40 application fee with Visa or Master Card may now apply online through the state’s online notary database. Online applicants are required to print out the oath of office, have it notarized, and scan and upload the notarized oath back into the system. The executed and notarized bond form must be scanned and uploaded into the system at the time the application is completed.
Can a non-resident become a notary in Alaska?
No. An individual who is not a resident of Alaska by being physically present in Alaska with the intent to remain indefinitely and by maintaining a place of abode in Alaska does not qualify for an Alaska notary public commission.
How much does it cost to become a notary in Alaska?
An applicant’s expenses may include the cost for the following: (1) a $40 filing fee to process a commission application; (2) a $1,000 notary bond; (3) a notary stamp; (4) a journal if a notary wishes to adhere to the recommendations of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor that Alaska notaries maintain a journal of their official acts; and (5) an E&O insurance policy if an Alaska notary public wishes to purchase an errors and omissions insurance policy for his or her protection against liability.
How do I renew my Alaska notary commission?
Neither the Alaska notary statute nor the Office of Lieutenant Governor provides the process and/or procedures for Alaska notaries seeking to renew their notary public commissions. However, the Office of Lieutenant Governor’s website recommends that notaries submit their applications thirty days before their current commissions expire if they wish to retain the same month and day for their next commissions as their current commissions. The Office of Lieutenant Governor will not process an application of reappointment until thirty days prior to the expiration of a notary’s current commission. To renew a notary public commission, click here.
Are there any exams or notary courses required to become an Alaska notary public or to renew my Alaska notary public commission?
No. The Alaska notary statute does not require new applicants seeking appointments as notaries public or renewing notaries to take a course of study or examination to be commissioned as notaries public in Alaska. It is the recommendation of the Office of Lieutenant Governor that any new applicant seeking an Alaska notary public commission take and complete an educational course of study so that he or she can clearly understand the notary laws, duties, and responsibilities of an Alaska notary public.
Can I perform electronic notarization in Alaska?
Yes. The state of Alaska has enacted the “Uniform Electronic Transactions Act” that authorizes a notary public to obtain an electronic or digital signature and electronic seal to notarize electronic documents in the physical presence of the individual seeking the notarization. Moreover, Section 44.50.063 (Notaries Public) of the Alaska Statutes provides the statutory authorization of electronic signatures and electronic seals used by Alaska notaries public. First and foremost, the Alaska notary statute requires that that the document signer personally appear before the notary public (face-to-face) at the time of the notarial act. This means the signer(s) and the notary are physically close enough to see, hear, communicate, and give identification credentials to each other without the use of electronic devices such as telephones, computers, video cameras, or video conferences during the entire performance of the notarial act. All the same rules, standards, practices, and regulations that apply to a traditional paper notarization also apply to an electronically signed document including, but not limited to, the personal appearance before the notary public. However, the state of Alaska has not enacted/adopted notary statutes, regulations, or established standards and procedures for electronic notarizations.
Can I perform remote (online) notarizations in Alaska?
No. The state of Alaska has not enacted/adopted notary statutes, regulations, or established standards and procedures for remote online notarizations The Alaska notary statutes require that a principal signer personally appear before an Alaska notary public (face-to-face) for any notarial act to be performed in that signer’s name. This means the principal and the notary are physically close enough to see, hear, communicate, and give identification credentials to each other without the use of electronic devices such as telephones, computers, video cameras, or video conferences during the entire performance of the notarial act. The Alaska notary statutes do not authorize Alaska notaries public to witness an act through video conference or other electronic means where the person making the act is at a physical location different from the notary public or otherwise not in the physical presence of the notary public. Therefore, Alaska notaries are prohibited from performing online webcam notarizations, which are illegal in Alaska.
How long is the term of a notary public commission in Alaska?
The term of office for an Alaska notary public is four years commencing with the date specified in the notary public commission (AS §44.50.010[b]). However, a notary’s commission may be rendered void: (1) by resignation; (2) by death; (3) by revocation; (4) when a notary public ceases to reside in the state of Alaska; or (5) when a notary public has been convicted of a felony that has become final and no pardon or certificate of restoration of citizenship rights has been granted.
Is an Alaska notary bond required to become a notary in Alaska?
Yes. An Alaska surety bond in the amount of $1,000 is required for all new applicants seeking appointment as notaries public and for renewing notaries public (AS §44.50.034). A notary bond may be purchased through an insurance agency, in which case the notary will be commercially bonded. New applicants and renewing notaries must submit their commercial notary bond and any supporting documentation provided from their insurance/bonding company as part of their commission application. The bond must be for a term of four years from the date of commission. If new applicants and/or renewing notaries prefer not to purchase a commercial bond, the mandatory bond requirement can be obtained using a private bond that comes from a business, organization, or private individual who acts as a private surety on behalf of a notary, in which case, the notary will be privately bonded. In such case, the new applicant and/or renewing notary is required to submit a signed and notarized notary bond form from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor with their commission application. It is not necessary to submit the state’s notary bond form in addition to a commercial notary bond. The blank bond form is only intended to be used by applicants and renewing notaries who are supplying their own third party individual surety. New applicants and/or renewing notaries may not function as their own surety.
Do I need an Alaska notary errors and omission insurance?
An errors and omissions insurance policy is optional in Alaska. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Alaska notaries obtain errors and omissions insurance policies for their personal protection against liability. Errors and omissions insurance is designed to protect notaries from liability against unintentional notarial mistakes or omissions that result in financial or other type of loss to the public or a client for which a notary public is sued for recovery. An E&O policy customarily covers legal fees and damages based on the coverage an Alaska notary public selects.
Where can I perform notarial acts in Alaska?
An Alaska notary public has statewide jurisdiction and may perform notarial acts in any county anywhere within the geographic borders of the state of Alaska. Likewise, an Alaska notary public may not perform notarial acts outside of Alaska.
Who appoints Alaska notaries public?
The Office of Lieutenant Governor appoints notaries public, administers the commissioning process, and maintains records on notaries public. Contact information for the Office of Lieutenant Governor is as follows:
Office of Lieutenant Governor
Notary Public Office
240 Main Street, Room 301
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-3509 or (877) 764-1234 (toll-free within Alaska)
Do I need to purchase a notary stamp in Alaska?
Yes. The Alaska notary statute requires all notaries public to use a rubber stamp or an embosser seal to authenticate their official acts (AS §44.50.065an). Section 44.50.064 of the Alaska Code provides the legal specifications regarding the layout and the information required on all official seals.
Dimensions: The inked stamp or embosser seal may be (1) a circular form not over two inches in diameter, (2) a rectangular form not over one inch in width and 2-1/2 inches in length, or (3) an electronic form as authorized by the Lieutenant Governor.
Required Elements: The official seal must be photographically reproducible when embossed, stamped, or printed on a document, and it must contain the following requirements:
- The name of the notary public exactly as commissioned
- The words “Notary Public”
- The words “State of Alaska”
- Optional: “My commission expires (date)”
Section 09.63.030(c) states that a notary public must affix on the document the notary’s official signature and official seal and commission expiration date. An embossed seal impression that is not photographically reproducible may be used in addition to, but not in place of, the seal impression or depiction required by Section 44.064(a).
Very Important: If the notary’s official seal is stolen, lost, or the security of the notary’s official electronic seal is compromised, the notary must provide a written notification to the Lieutenant Governor within ten days of the theft, loss, or compromised security (AC §44.50.064[d]).
Is a notary journal required in Alaska?
No. The Alaska notary statute does not require notaries public to record their notarial acts in a journal. The Office of Lieutenant Governor and the American Association of Notaries strongly recommend that Alaska notaries public record all their notarial acts in a permanent, paper-bound journal with sequentially numbered pages to create and preserve a chronological record of their official acts to protect the rights of citizens and defend themselves against allegations of fraudulent notarial acts and false accusations of official misconduct. For Alaska notary supplies, visit the American Association of Notaries website, call (800) 721-2663, or click here.
How much can an Alaska notary charge for performing notarial acts?
The maximum fees a notary public may charge for notarial services are neither addressed in the Alaska notary statute nor the adopted regulations. The fees that Alaska notaries may charge for notarial services are at their discretion. Section 44.50.62(4) of the Alaska Statutes states, “A notary public may not charge a fee for a notarial act unless a fee schedule has been provided to the signer before the performance of the notarial act.”
What notarial acts can an Alaska notary public perform?
Alaska notaries public are authorized to perform the following notarial acts (AS §§44.50.060 and 09.63.120:
- Taking acknowledgments
- Administering oaths and affirmations
- Attesting documents
- Taking verifications on oath and affirmation (AS §09.63.040)
- Administering protests (AS §45.03.505[b])
How do I update my address with the Alaska Secretary of State?
An Alaska notary public must provide a written notification to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor when a notary’s address and contact information changed during the notary’s commission term no later than thirty days after such a change. The notary public must submit a completed name and address change form and a $5 filing fee to the Lieutenant Governor by mail, email, or fax (907) 465-5400. To download the name and address change form, visit the Lieutenant Governor’s website.
Do I have to change my name on my notary commission in Alaska?
An Alaska notary public whose name legally changed during the notary’s commission term must provide a written notice of the new name on a name and address change form to the Lieutenant Governor within thirty days after the name change. To obtain a replacement certificate of commission with the notary’s new name, the notary public must: (1) obtain a new identification card in his or her new name: (2) fill out the name and address change form completely; (3) have his or her signature on the oath of office notarized; (4) pay a $5 filing fee; (5) mail the completed and notarized name change form (no fax or email copies accepted). When the notary receives the updated commission certificate reflecting the name change, the notary must: (1) purchase a new notary seal that reflects the notary’s new name; (2) notify the surety/bonding company responsible for his or her notary bond of the name change and update the notary bond; (3) obtain a bond rider that reflects the notary’s new name; and (4) mail the name change bond rider to the Lieutenant Governor. To download the name and address change form, visit the Lieutenant Governor’s website or click here.
Alaska notarial certificates:
Click here to view Alaska’s notarial certificates.
Revised: December 2019
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