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Name Change


Can I continue to notarize under my commission name even though I have a new name?

The notary statutes in most states generally state that a notary public may continue to notarize under his or her commissioned name until the expiration of the commission. Please contact your state’s commissioning authority regarding this subject matter.

Can I use my new name when I notarize documents?

No. In most states, a notary public who wishes to perform notarial acts using his or her new name must be commission under the new name. Some states may only require submitting a new name change application with a new rider under the new name, but some states require submitting a new application for appointment with all of the legal requirements for a new commission. Contact your state’s commissioning authority for further instructions.

If I have a new name, am I required to contact the Secretary of State to report a name change?

The statutes in some states legally require notaries public to notify their state’s commissioning authority if is there is a change of name as a result of marriage, divorce, or legal proceedings. There are legal requirements with which notaries public are obligated to comply regarding a name change.

Do I have to change my name on my surety bond to reflect my new name?

Begin by contacting your state’s commissioning authority for instructions regarding your new name. Then contact your insurance company to inquire about a name change rider, which is usually required to notarize under a new commissioned name.

Is there a fee to file a name change with the state’s commissioning agency?

Generally, there is a filing fee to submit a name change for a commission under the new name. Contact your state’s commissioning authority to inquire about any applicable filing fee.

If I have a name change, do I have to file a new notary application?

In some states, a notary public who wishes to use a new name to perform notarial acts may be required to file a new application for appointment to hold the office of notary public. In such instances, a new commission with a new expiration date will be issued and the previous commission will be cancelled. Please contact your state’s commissioning authority to discuss the state’s required procedures regarding a new name change.