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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.

Requirements to be a Notary in Alaska
Alaska Notary Process
What Can I Do With My Alaska Commission?
General Notary Public Information

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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.

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Alaska Notary Process

What is the process to become a Notary Public?
  1. Make sure you meet all of your state’s qualifications:
    • Make sure you meet all of Alaska’s eligibility requirements.
    • Purchase your $1,000/4-year bond.
    • Complete your application through your MyAlaska web portal or paper application:
      1. Include your $40 filing fee.
      2. Include your bond.
      3. If submitting by mail, send to:
        1. Office of Lt. Governor
          Notary Office
          240 Main Street, Room 301
          Juneau, AK 99801
  2. You should receive your commission in the mail within four weeks of submitting your application.
  3. Consider purchasing E&O insurance to limit your financial exposure.
  4. 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 equipment will I need?

A Notary seal is required. It must be an inked stamp, or photocopiable embosser, and contain your name as it appears on your commission, “Notary Public”, “State of Alaska”, and your commission expiration date (optional). If you do not include your commission expiration date on your seal, you may have a separate stamp with that information, as it is required on all notarial acts performed: “My commission expires (date)”. If you are a ‘limited governmental Notary,’ you will indicate that your commission expires “with office”.

An embosser that is not photocopiable may be used in addition to, but not in place of, the inked seal stamp, as an inked impression is required.

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 $1,000/4-year bond is required for Alaska Notaries. However, many choose to purchase optional 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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What Can I Do With My Alaska Commission?

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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General Notary Public Information

Why become a Notary?

Anyone who is interested in serving the public as an impartial witness should become a Notary. Notaries properly identify signers, and verify that the signer understands and is willing to sign the document in hand. Notaries help prevent fraud and add integrity, trust and authenticity to signatures on various important documents. Many companies in the healthcare, real estate finance and legal industries employ Notaries.

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.

How much legal risk will I face?

Yes. A $1,000/4-year bond is required for Alaska Notaries. However, many choose to purchase optional 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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