How to become an Oklahoma Notary

Abbreviation: OK | 46th State | Statehood: November 16, 1907 |
How to become a notary in Oklahoma:
To become an Oklahoma notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older
  2. Be a citizen of the United States
  3. Be a legal resident of Oklahoma or an out-of-state resident who is employed within Oklahoma
  4. Be able to read and write English
  5. Not have been convicted of a felony

Qualifications for becoming a notary in Oklahoma:
The process for receiving an Oklahoma notary public commission, is as follows:

  1. The applicant must first meet the eligibility requirements stated above.
  2. Purchase a $1,000 notary bond.
  3. Properly complete and submit a notary application online at the Secretary of State website and pay a $25 filing fee. .
  4. Within 60 days of receiving your notary commission certificate upload copies of your notary bond, oath of office, loyalty oath and a an impression of your notary stamp to the state.

    Apply Online to Become an Oklahoma Notary

Can a non-resident become a notary in Oklahoma?
Permitted. An out-of-state resident who is employed within Oklahoma may apply for an Oklahoma notary public commission. A notary who ceases to reside or work in Oklahoma must resign his/her notary commission.

Is an Oklahoma notary bond required to become a notary in Oklahoma?
Required. A bond in the amount of $1,000 is required for new and renewing notaries public. Please visit the American Association of Notaries’ website at www.usnotaries.com to purchase and receive a notary surety bond via email in one business day. You may also contact our office by calling 800.721.2663.

Do I need an Oklahoma notary errors & omissions insurance?
Optional. A notary public is liable to any person for damages that result from his or her official misconduct. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Oklahoma notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance. Visit our website at www.usnotaries.com for more information and/or to purchase E&O insurance. You may also contact our office by calling 800.721.2663.

How much does it cost to become a notary in Oklahoma?
A $25 filing fee is required for new applications and $20 for renewal applications.

How long is the term of a notary public commission in Oklahoma?
Four years.

Where can I perform notarial acts?
Statewide.

Who appoints Oklahoma notaries public?
Secretary of State
Notary Public Services
421 NW 13th St., Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 521-2516 (Questions)
(405) 521-3912 (Form Requests)

How to renew your Oklahoma notary commission:
A notary public may apply six weeks prior to the expiration of his or her current notary commission by completing a renewal application form and submitting a $20 filing fee. The Secretary of State may refuse to renew the commission of a notary upon knowledge of a felony conviction and/or upon receipt of a court judgment against the notary for performing a false or fraudulent notarial act.

Are there any exams or notary course requirements to become or renew your Oklahoma notary commission?
None Required.

Do I need to purchase a notary stamp in Oklahoma?
Required.

Type — embosser or rubber-inked stamp

Ink color - any color as long as the seal can be reproduced under photographic methods

Shape — circular or rectangular

Required elements -- notary public’s name and the words “Notary Public” and “State of Oklahoma.” The expiration date and commission number may be part of the notary stamp or seal.

Within 10 days after the loss of a notary seal, the notary public must deliver to the Secretary of State a written notice of the loss or theft and the date the seal was first discovered missing. In addition, the notary should notify the appropriate law enforcement agency in the case of theft. When purchasing a replacement seal, it is advisable to have a character or symbol added to the seal to distinguish it from the missing one. Within ten (10) days after purchasing a new seal, the notary must notify the Secretary of State in writing of the date of purchase and the distinguishing character or symbol added to the new seal.

Is a notary journal required in Oklahoma?
None Required. The Secretary of State and the American Association of Notaries strongly recommend that Oklahoma notaries public record every notarial act in a notary record book or journal.

State law does require a notary public keep a log of all absentee ballot affidavits they notarize for at least two years after the date of the election. For Oklahoma notary supplies, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling 800.721.2663 or visiting our website at www.usnotaries.com

How much can an Oklahoma notary charge for performing notarial acts?
Notary fees are set by state law. A notary public is allowed to charge for each notarial act, but not more than:

  • Acknowledgments - $5.00
  • Oaths or affirmations - $5.00
  • Jurats - $5.00
  • Protests - $5.00
  • Copy certifications - $5.00
Note: A notary may not charge a fee to notarize an absentee ballot.

What notarial acts can an Oklahoma notary public perform?
An Oklahoma notary public has the authority to:

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Take verifications upon oath or affirmation
  • Witness or attest signatures
  • Protest instruments
  • Certify or attest to a copy of a document
  • Exercise such other powers and duties as by law of nations and commercial usage may be performed by notaries public

Can I perform electronic notarizations in Oklahoma?
The State of Oklahoma has not enacted/adopted statutes, rules, and/or procedures for electronic notarizations.

How do I change my address?
A notary public must submit a written notification to the Secretary of State or change the address online within 30 days after a change of residence address (or employment address if a non-resident notary public). The notary is not required to file a new bond or obtain another seal if the notary moves from one county to another.

How do I change my name on my notary commission?
If a notary public’s name has legally changed, the notary may continue to use his or her former name as issued on the existing commission until it expires. If a notary public wishes to use the new name, a letter of resignation will need to be submitted and a new application must be filed with the Secretary of State with a fee of $25. The name change will establish a new commission and expiration date. It will be necessary for the notary to purchase a new seal and obtain a new bond for filing with the court clerk.

Death/Resignation/Removal:
A notary public who resigns his or her notarial commission shall deliver to the Secretary of State a notice of resignation and the effective date of the resignation. A notary who ceases to reside or work in Oklahoma must resign his or her commission. If a notary dies during the term of commission, the notary’s heirs or personal representative, as soon as reasonably practicable, must deliver a signed notice of the date of death to the Secretary of State. The notary seal must be destroyed upon resignation or death. The Secretary of State may revoke the commission of a notary upon knowledge of a felony conviction and/or upon receipt of a court judgment against the notary for performing a false or fraudulent notarial act.

Prohibited Oklahoma Notarial Acts:
A notary public may not:

  • Prepare, draft, select, or give advice concerning legal documents and immigration documents
  • Prepare, assist, or give legal advice on any proceeding, filing, or action affecting the immigration or citizenship status of another person
  • Perform acts that constitute the practice of law
  • Use the phrase “notario” or “notario publico” to advertise notary services
  • Hold himself/herself out as an immigration specialist
  • Overcharge fees for notary public services
  • Notarize his or her own signature
  • Sign a notarial certificate under any other name than the one under which the notary was commissioned
  • Notarize a document without the signer being present at the time of the performance of the notarial act
  • Notarize more than 20 absentee ballots
  • Notarize a document if the notary has a beneficial interest in it or is a party to it

Criminal Violation:
A notary public convicted of violating the notary statutes by providing immigration services shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000.00. Upon receipt of a final judgment against a notary public from an Oklahoma district court or its equivalent from a foreign jurisdiction for such violation, the Secretary of State shall revoke the appointment of the notary public for a period of eight years. If a notary public neglects or refuses to include the commission expiration date on every notarial act he or she performs, the notary shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined a sum not to exceed $50.00.

Oklahoma Notarial Certificates:
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Revised: February 2016

Legal disclaimer: The American Association of Notaries makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this page. Information this page is not intended as legal advice. We are not attorneys. We do not pretend to be attorneys. Though we will sometimes provide information regarding federal laws and statutes and the laws and statutes of each state, we have gathered the information from a variety of sources. We do not warrant the information gathered from those sources. It is your responsibility to know the appropriate laws governing your state. Notaries are advised to seek the advice of an attorney in their state if they have legal questions about how to notarize.
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