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How To Become A Notary Public In Nebraska

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

Nebraska Notary Process

Requirements to be a Notary in Nebraska

General Notary Public Information

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Nebraska Notary Process

What is the process to become a Notary Public?

  1. Make sure you meet all of your state’s qualifications (see below).
  2. Request a copy of the written take-home test for a Notary commission from the Secretary of State’s office.
  3. Complete and return the test to the Secretary of State’s office. They will notify you if you pass the exam.
  4. When you recieve that notice, buy your $15,000 surety bond.
  5. Complete your application.
  6. Submit your application, proof of your surety bond, the $30 commission fee, and a U.S. Citizenship Attestation Form to the Notary Division of the Secretary of State's office in Lincoln.
  7. Once your application ia processed, the Secretary of State will issue your Notary commission certificate by mail.
  8. Take your commission certificate to a vendor to buy your Notary ink stamp seal.
  9. Buy a Notary journal and consider getting errors and omissions insurance (optional, but strongly recommended).
  10. If you want additional training, seek out continuing education or consult Notary experts for guidance.

How long does a Nebraska Notary commission last?

The term of a Nebraska Notary commission is four years.

How long does it take?

The Secretary of State’s office estimates approximately 10-14 days to process a Notary commission application.

How much does it cost?

There is a $30 fee to apply for a Nebraska Notary Public commission. Additional costs for Notary tools and education courses vary depending on vendors.

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 kind of training will I need?

A training course is not required to apply for a Nebraska Notary commission.

Do I need to take an exam?

Yes, you will need to take and pass a written exam on the duties and obligations of a Notary.

What kind of supplies will I need?

Nebraska Notaries must use an ink stamp for all notarial acts.

While not required by law, the state recommends that Notaries maintain a record of all notarial acts in a journal.

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 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.

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.

What is a surety bond and do I need one?

Nebraska Notaries are required to purchase a $15,000 surety bond to protect signers against financial damages resulting from the Notary’s negligence or misconduct. A surety bond is a financial guarantee that the Notary will fulfill his or her obligations to notarize in compliance with state laws. This Notary bond specifically protects the public, not the Notary. Any damages paid from the bond go to cover any signer’s losses and must be paid back to the surety company by you.

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.

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Requirements to be a Notary in Nebraska

Who can become a Notary?

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

  • Must be at least 19 years old
  • Must be a resident of Nebraska, or a resident of a state bordering Nebraska who can present evidence of a Nebraska workplace
  • Be a resident or have a place of employment or practice in Nebraska
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving fraud or dishonesty within the previous five years prior to application.

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Which state government office handles Notaries?

The Nebraska Office of the Secretary of State, Business Services Division, Notary Section, located in Lincoln.

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

Yes. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to become a Nebraska Notary Public. You must, however, meet all other application requirements.

Can I become a Nebraska Notary if I don't live in the state?

Yes. Out of state applicants must follow the steps to become a Nebraska Notary and must also submit an Evidence of Employment in Nebraska form.

Where will I be able to notarize?

A Nebraska 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.

What is the process to renew my Notary Public commission?

In the 30 days prior to your commission expiration date, you must submit a renewal application, renew your $15,000 surety bond, pay the state's $30 renewal fee and submit your U.S. Citizenship Attestation Form. Non-residents also need to submit an Evidence of Employment in Nebraska form. Once your renewal is approved and your new commission certificate is issued, present your certificate to a vendor to purchase a new seal.

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