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How to Become a Notary Public in New Jersey

If you are interested in becoming a Notary Public in New Jersey, this practical guide will answer many common questions. Learn about notarial duties, the application process and more. Once you are ready to begin the process of becoming a New Jersey notary or renewing your NJ commission, we'll walk you through step by step.

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New Jersey Notary Process

How to become a Notary in New Jersey

In order to become a Notary in NJ you must complete the following steps:

  1. Make sure you meet all of your state’s qualifications (see below).
  2. Complete the Notary application form using the state’s website.
  3. Pay the $25 application fee.
  4. If you're approved, the state's Notary Public Unit will send a “Commission Certificate” and “Oath Qualification Certificate.”
  5. Take the certificates to your county clerk within three months.
  6. The county clerk will administer your oath of office and collect a filing fee. They will send the completed “Oath Qualification Certificate” to the Notary Public Unit.
  7. Buy a Notary seal and journal (optional, but strongly recommended).
  8. Consider getting errors and omissions insurance (optional, but strongly recommended).
  9. Consider taking Notary training for additional information and guidance.

How long does a New Jersey Notary commission last?

The term of a New Jersey Notary commission is five (5) years.

How much does it cost?

There is a $25 fee to apply for a NJ Notary Public commission. Additional costs for Notary tools vary depending on vendors. There are county fees for filing your bond, signature and commission. 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.

Is training required?

There is no state-required training for New Jersey Notary applicants.

Do I need to take an exam?

There is no state-required Notary exam for New Jersey applicants.

What is a surety bond and do I need one?

A surety bond is not required for Notaries in NJ. Surety bonds protect the public from financial harm if the Notary acts improperly or is negligent. Many Notaries choose to purchase an optional Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance policy to protect themselves from possible legal costs or damages if their notarial acts are called into question.

What kind of supplies will I need?

New Jersey Notaries may use a rubber stamp ink seal for all notarial acts for paper documents; however, it is not required by law. You may use an embosser in addition to the rubber stamp seal but use of the embosser is optional as well. If using a Notary stamp, be sure to select one that does not bleed during or after use, as this can cause county officials to reject documents due to smuding.

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. A journal with 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.

The types and quantity of notarizations you perform can require different tools of the trade. For example, if you are a mobile or retail Notary, a guide for checking identification documents 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.

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Requirements to be a Notary in New Jersey

Who can become a Notary in NJ?

A Notary Public applicant in New Jersey must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of New Jersey or a resident of an adjoining state who maintains or is regularly employed in an office in New Jersey
  • Not have been convicted of a crime under the laws of any state or of the United States for an offense involving dishonesty, or a crime of the first or second degree

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General Notary Public Information

Which state government office handles Notaries?

The New Jersey Department of Treasury, Div. of Revenue & Enterprise Services. processes Notary applications, issues commission certificates and handles related Notary matters in NJ.

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

Yes. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to become a New Jersey Notary Public. You must, however, be a legal resident of the state, or be employed within the state and meet all other application requirements.

Can NJ Notary notarize out of state?

No. A New Jersey Notary can only perform notarial acts within the state’s borders.

Who can I notarize for?

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

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

The renewal process in New Jersey is similar to the process to become a Notary.

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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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