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How To Become A Notary Public In Alaska

If you are interested in becoming a Notary Public in Alaska, this practical guide will answer many common questions. Learn about notarial duties, and find out how you can become a commissioned Notary. Once you are ready to begin the process of becoming a Alaska notary or renewing your Alaska commission, we'll walk you through step by step.

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Alaska Notary Process

What is the process to become a Notary Public?

People applying to become a Notary in Alaska must complete the following steps:

  1. Make sure you meet all of Alaska’s eligibility requirements.
  2. Get your 4-year $1,000 bond.
  3. Complete your application through your MyAlaska web portal or paper application.
  4. Pay the state's $40 filing fee.
  5. Submit your bond.
  6. You should receive your commission in the mail within four weeks.
  7. Consider purchasing E&O insurance to limit your financial exposure.
  8. Continuing education and Notary experts are always available if you believe you need additional training or guidance.

How much does it cost?

The state application filing fee is $40, unless you are applying for a Limited Governmental commission (your fee is waived). The cost of your bond, seal and optional journal will vary based on the vendor you choose.

The cost of commissioning can differ depending on whether you are a new or renewing Notary. Supply package prices vary among vendors. New Notaries may need more “how-to” assistance than experienced Notaries. Books, training and live expert assistance are often must-haves for most new Notaries.

Some vendors may package items with additional fees — processing fees for example. Training can be included in package prices for new Notaries, although the quality of education can vary. Some providers offer their own Notary courses while others do not have the on-staff expertise to develop and support educational content. Several vendors offer Notaries live question and answer support, and others are not able to offer such assistance.

Some vendors may package items with additional fees – processing fees for example. Training can be included in package prices for new Notaries, although the quality of education can vary. Some providers offer their own Notary courses while others do not have the on-staff expertise to develop and support educational content. Several vendors offer Notaries live question and answer support, and others are not able to offer such assistance.

What kind of training will I need?

Training is not required for Alaska Notaries.

Do I need to take an exam?

No. Passing a written exam is not required to become a Notary in Alaska.

What kind of supplies will I need?

A Notary seal is required. It must be an inked stamp, or an embosser with an inker so the seal can be photocopied.

While a Notary journal is not required by law, Alaska considers it a best practice for Notaries to use a Notary record book. It is strongly recommended that you use a journal of notarial acts to keep record of your notarizations, even though your state doesn’t require it. When purchasing a journal, there are a few important features to which you must pay close attention. A journal with numbered pages and tamper-proof sewn construction allows Notaries to identify missing pages in their journals, which becomes extremely helpful if you’re ever named in a lawsuit. Simple notebooks or glue-bound journals simply do not offer the same level of security.

When shopping for seal stamps, quality and durability can vary greatly among vendors. Stamps should not bleed during or after use, as this can cause county officials to reject documents due to smudging. A second seal can help you avoid downtime if your seal is ever misplaced, and an embosser can help add an additional layer of fraud prevention security.

Supplies are sold by most vendors in packages, which can sometimes provide savings. However, not all vendor packages are created equal — they can vary greatly in terms of quality and content. If you are a new Notary or renewing your commission, the types and quantity of notarizations can require different tools of the trade. For example, if you are a mobile or retail Notary, an ID checking guide is recommended because you are constantly dealing with different people, as opposed to someone who notarizes in the same setting for the same group of people day after day.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

Yes. A 4-year $1,000 bond is required for Alaska Notaries. A bond protects the public, so many Notaries also choose to get errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policies to protect themselves from legal expenses. E&O insurance is not a requirement in Alaska.

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Requirements to be a Notary in Alaska

Who can become a Notary?

There are basic qualifications for a person to become a Notary in Alaska. All applicants must be 18 years of age, a legal U.S. resident, and physically reside in Alaska for at least 30 days, with intent to remain indefinitely. You must be able to read, write, and understand English. Applicants must not have been convicted or incarcerated for a felony in the 10 years before their commission takes effect, and not had their commission revoked for failure to obey the law, incompetence, or malfeasance in the past 10 years.

Where will I be able to notarize?

You will be able to notarize anywhere in the state of Alaska.

Who can I notarize for?

You can notarize for everyone, excluding yourself. You cannot notarize your own signature, nor can you notarize documents you are named in or would benefit from. Alaska law doesn’t specifically prohibit notarizing for a spouse or relative or for a spouse’s business. If you perform notarizations as part of your employment, your employer may limit the notarizations you perform during your work hours.

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Although Alaska does not require training, where can I get it?

You can find several reputable Notary Public training providers with a quick online search. It’s important to note that the Secretary of State does not provide workshops or seminars, nor does the Secretary endorse any business that advertises Notary Public training. Since the Secretary of State doesn’t have jurisdiction to take action regarding a business that offers Notary training, make sure you thoroughly review any company you plan to work with.

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If you're not quite ready yet, we have additional resources where you can learn what a Notary is, what they do and why you should become a commissioned Notary.

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