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How To Become A Notary Public In Delaware

If you are interested in becoming a Notary Public in Delaware, 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 Delaware notary or renewing your Delaware commission, we'll walk you through step by step.

Delaware Notary Process

Requirements to be a Notary in Delaware

General Notary Public Information

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Delaware Notary Process

What is the process to become a Delaware Notary Public?

  1. Make sure you meet all requirements for a Notary commission (see below).
  2. Have your form of payment (electronic check or credit card) ready before you fill out the application.
  3. Register and apply online. You'll need a vaild email address to create your account.
  4. Complete the application form.
  5. Submit the form and $60 fee to the Secretary of State.
  6. Once you receive the commission certificate by email, print and sign it.
  7. Go to a Notary Public to take your oath of office.
  8. Return a copy to the Notary Public Section of the Secretary of State’s office. Instructions will be included in the commission email.
  9. Buy your Notary seal.

What kind of training will I need?

Delaware does not require a training course for Notaries.

Do I need to take an exam?

There is no state-proctored exam required in Delaware.  

What kind of supplies will I need?

Delaware Notaries must authenticate all official acts with a black-inked rubber stamp or an embosser.

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.

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.

How much does it cost?

$60 for a new or renewing two-year term, $90 to renew with a four-year term.

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.

What is a surety bond and why do I need one?

The state of Delaware does not require Notaries to obtain a surety bond to protect document signers against financial losses. However, Notaries can insure themselves against possible legal costs or damages by purchasing a separate, optional errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policy. Though not required by law, an E&O policy covers a Notary’s legal fees and damages up to the amount of the policy.

How long does a Delaware Notary commission last?

A Notary’s first term is two years, but renewing Notaries may request a two-year or four-year term renewal.

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Requirements to be a Notary in Delaware

Who can become a Notary?

A Notary Public applicant in Delaware must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Maintain legal residence in the state of Delaware, or be a non-resident who works in Delaware
  • Have a “reasonable need” for a Notary commission
  • Have a “good character and reputation.” Individuals convicted of a felony who have not had their rights restored, or persons convicted of a crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude are not eligible for a commission
  • You will need a valid email address to register and apply online for your commission

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General Notary Public Information

Which state government office handles Notaries?

The Delaware Office of Secretary of State, Notary Public Section, located in Dover.

Where will I be able to notarize?

A Delaware Notary can perform notarial acts anywhere within the state’s borders.

Who can I notarize for?

Any member of the public, as long as the request meets all statutory requirements for notarization.

May I become a Delaware Notary if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes, provided you meet the other requirements listed previously.

What is the process to renew my commission as a Delaware Notary Public?

Log into your Notary profile at the Secretary of State’s website and click the “Renew Commission” link. Review and update your information as directed then submit and pay for the renewal.

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