Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: How Do I Change My Name On My Notary Stamp And License? By NNA Staff on November 30, 2011 in Hotline Tips I recently got married and I have already changed my name on my Social Security card and driver’s license, but how do I get my name changed on my Notary stamp and license? - J.S., Shohola, PA A Pennsylvania Notary who changes his or her name may continue to notarize using the original name until their commission expires, whereupon any application for a new commission must be made in the new name (57 PS 156). Within 30 days of the name change, the Notary must inform the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the recorder of deeds of the county in which the Notary maintains an office. The Notary may opt to use the new name when notarizing but only after notifying the recorder of deeds, registering the new signature with the prothonotary, purchasing a new rubber seal and informing the Department of State in writing. A notification form is available on the Department of State'swebsite. Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Email Share 51 Comments Add your commentRene Erard15 Jul 2014I have this same situation in Nevada. Can you advise for Nevada? I should be getting my updated social security card next week in the mail.National Notary Association16 Jul 2014Hi Rene! A Nevada Notary who changes his or her name must apply for an amended certificate of appointment under the new name. The Secretary of State's office charges a $10 fee to amend a certificate. If you need assistance with applying for an amended certificate, you can contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 or CustomerService@nationalnotary.org, and there is also information available on the NV Secretary of State's website at nvsos.gov. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Have a great day.Leila Nolan16 Jul 2014I have the same situation in FL and have already received my new SS card and driver's license. Can you advise for Florida?National Notary Association16 Jul 2014Hi Leila. A Notary who changes his or her name in Florida must request an amended commission within 60 days of the name change through an approved bonding agency. (A list of approved bonding agencies is available at notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notagn97.html) You will need to submit: 1. A completed notice of name change form (DS-DE 77A) 2.Your current commission 3.A rider to current notary public bond 4.$25 check or money order (payable to Department of State) After submitting the notice of name change form and rider, a Florida Notary may continue to perform notarial acts in his or her former name for 60 days or until receipt of the amended commission, whichever date is earlier. If you obtained your commission from the NNA, you can contact our Customer Care department for assistance at 1-800-876-6827 or CustomerService@NationalNotary.org. More information is also available at notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notary.html. Andrea Nixon16 Jul 2014I will be facing the same situation in October of next year. I will be taking my new husband's name I am in Michigan. Please advise.National Notary Association16 Jul 2014Hi Andrea. You will need to contact the Secretary of State's office to request a corrected Notary commission. If you obtained your commission through the NNA, our Customer Care Department can assist you-you can contact them at 1-800-876-6827 or CustomerService@nationalnotary.org. You can also contact the Michigan Secretary of State's office directly at 1-888-767-6424 or online at www.michigan.gov/sos/. Beata17 Jul 2014I need to change my name in Illinois. Please adviseNational Notary Association17 Jul 2014Hi Beata. You will need to apply for a new Illinois Notary commission under the new name. You can contact our Customer Care Department at 1-800-876-6827 or CustomerService@nationalnotary.org for assistance, or contact the Secretary of State's office online at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/notary/home.html. Kathleen Maffei05 Aug 2014I am recently divorced and have changed my name back to my maiden name but married name still appears on my NJ and PA stamps. Can I use my married name until my commissions expire and then just change them when I have to renew? Please advise.National Notary Association05 Aug 2014Hello Kathleen, Whenever a New Jersey Notary Public adopts a different name, before notarizing any documents, he/she must notify the State Treasurer and clerk of the county in which he/she resides by submitting a form furnished by the State Treasurer. Change request forms are available online, from the Business Services Customer Information Center, P.O. Box 452, Trenton, NJ 08646 or from the telephone forms line — (609) 292-9292, option #2 on the voice menu. There is a $25 fee for a name change (website, “Fees”) A Pennsylvania Notary whose name changes may continue to notarize in the original name until commission expiration, where upon any application for a new commission must be made in the new name (57 PS 156). Within 30 days of any name change, however, the Notary must inform the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the recorder of deeds of the county in which the Notary maintains an office. The Notary may opt to use the new name when notarizing but only after so notifying the recorder of deeds, registering the new signature with the prothonotary, purchasing a new rubber stamp seal and informing the Department of State in writing. Name change forms are available at http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/update_your_information/12650, both “printable” and online; one of these must be used.Fabiana04 Sep 2014I recently got married, I am located in AZ and need some assistance in where I can contact or change my informationNational Notary Association04 Sep 2014Hello Fabiana, You will need to file a change of name notification form with the Secretary of State's office within 30 days after changing your name. The form is available online at the Arizona Secretary of State's website: http://www.azsos.gov/business_services/forms/notary/Address_Name_Change.pdf Kimberly Smith31 Oct 2014I recently got married , my social sec card has been changed and I am changing my driver's license on Tues Nov. 4th, I am in Florida. What is the Law in changing my notary?National Notary Association04 Nov 2014Hi Kimberly, You will need to request an amended commission from the Secretary of State's office within 60 days of the name change. You will also need to submit a rider to your surety bond along with the notice of change form. (FS 117.05)alicia08 Nov 2014Currently in process of getting married in Texas how do I change my name on my notary stamp or can I keep maiden nameNational Notary Association14 Nov 2014Hi Alicia. A TX Notary may change the name on his or her commission by sending the Secretary of State an application form (Form 2305 or 2035-NB for Notaries without bonds), the current commission, and if applicable a rider or endorsement from the Notary's surety firm showing the name change and a $20 filing fee. Name changes are optional, you may use the current name on your Notary commission until the commission expires.Georgia Guagenti07 Jan 2015I am married and finally changing my name I'm a notary in NY. Please advise.National Notary Association07 Jan 2015Hello Georgia, You can submit a change-of-name form to the Secretary of State's office to have your name change formally recorded by the Secretary of State. The state does not charge a fee if the name change is the result of a change of marital status. The form is available online at http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/notary/notary.html.Shanda Grissom05 Feb 2015I was married about 6 months ago, and have not legally changed my name. My boss wants me to apply to become a notary for our company. Can I still use my maiden name to apply?National Notary Association09 Feb 2015Hello Shanda, To help answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are applying for your commission in?Ceann13 Mar 2015I am getting married soon. How do I go about changing my name for my notary. My commission is in CaliforniaNational Notary Association16 Mar 2015Hello. You will need to file a Notary Public Name Change form with the Secretary of State, after which you will be issued an amended commission. You'll also need to file a new oath of office and a bond amendment with the clerk of the county in which your principal place of business is located and purchase a new seal with your updated name within 30 days after filing your name change. (GC 8213[c]).Crystal21 Apr 2015I will also be changing my name. What are the procedures for NH? Thank you.National Notary Association21 Apr 2015Hello. You will need to notify the Secretary of State's office of your name change and request an updated commission with your new name. There is a $5 fee for the new commission. You can reach the NH SOS office at: Office of Secretary of State, State House, Room 204, 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301. Website: www.sos.nh.gov/notary.html. Phone: 1-603-271-3242Sabrina Lahti03 Aug 2015I am a notary in Colorado and I recently got married. Do I need to update my name on my stamp?National Notary Association04 Aug 2015Hello. Within 30 days after changing a name, a CO Notary must notify the Secretary of State, including a sample of the Notary’s new handwritten official signature (CRS12-55-114). A copy of an acceptable ID document that shows the Notary’s new name also is required. Name changes must be filed electronically on the website: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/notary/home.htmlTaryn04 Aug 2015I have the same issue. I had my notary before I was married and have already changed my name on my drivers license and social security card. I am in the state of Washington.National Notary Association04 Aug 2015Hello. Washington Notaries who change their name must notify the Department of Licensing in writing, submitting a rider from the bonding company and $15 for a new certificate of appointment, and then notarize using the new name (WAC 308-30-060). A photocopy of the new certificate must be presented to a vendor in order to obtain a stamp or seal bearing the new name.Carla06 Aug 2015I am in Mississippi and recently got married. What do I do to change my name on my notary stamp? My commission doesn't expire until 5/26/2016. Can I use it and change when it expires?National Notary Association07 Aug 2015Hello. Within 30 days after the change of Notary’s name by court order or marriage, you must send the Secretary of State a signed notice of the change, giving both former and new names and a copy of any official authorization (marriage license, etc.), on SOS Form NP 005, “Application for Notary Public Change of Name” (MAC Rule 4.4). This form is available on the website at http://www.sos.ms.gov/Pages/Fees-Forms-Notary-Public.aspx and may be completed by computer before it is printed out and signed. There is a $20 fee for a name change. You can continue using your former name in performing notarial acts until the following steps have been completed: (a) the notice described above has been delivered or transmitted, (b) a “Confirmation of Notary’s Name” has been received from the Secretary of State and a replacement commission issued, (c) a new seal bearing the new name exactly as in the replacement commission has been obtained and (d) the surety for the notary’s bond has been informed in writing (MAC Rule 4.4[B]).Teresa 13 Aug 2015What about California - my divorce will be final in Nov, I will have 2 years left on my commission. Can I notarize with my married name until the end of my commission?National Notary Association14 Aug 2015If a CA Notary changes his or her name, a Notary Public Name Change form must be filed with the Secretary of State, who will issue an amended commission. Willful failure to do so may result in a fine of $500 (GC 8213.6). Within 30 days after issuance of the amended commission, the Notary must file a new oath of office and a bond amendment with the clerk of the county in which the Notary’s principal place of business is located. Within 30 days after the filing, the Notary must obtain a seal with the new name (GC 8213[c]).Priscilla24 Aug 2015I just got divorced and am in the process of changing my name back to my maiden name. How do I go about doing that in the state of TennesseNational Notary Association24 Aug 2015Hello. If a TN Notary changes his or her name, the Notary must notify the county clerk of the county from which the notary was elected and commissioned and pay a fee of seven dollars ($7.00). The county clerk must then notify the secretary of state of the change of address or name change. (TCA 8-16-109).Kara25 Aug 2015I have the opposite problem from the rest. I am getting married in Texas, but wish to keep my maiden name, only professionally. If I legally change my name to First Maiden HisLast can I still sign as a notary as First Maiden?National Notary Association26 Aug 2015Hello. In Texas, a name change notification is optional; the Notary may continue to use the name on the existing commission until the commission expires.Jan23 Sep 2015I recently married and need to change my name on my Notary Commission in Georgia. How can I do that?National Notary Association23 Sep 2015GA Notaries who change their name must notify the appointing superior court clerk in writing, including the new signature and any new address, within 30 days of the change, with a copy to the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority (OCGA 45-17-13[b]). A “Notary Public Contact Information Change Form” may be downloaded from the website. Both old and new names must be provided. Upon receiving a confirmation from the clerk and obtaining a new seal, the Notary may again begin notarizing with the new name.Christina22 Oct 2015I recently got married, I live in Florida, do I have to order new stamp, or can I wait until my license expires,. Who do I have to notify about the name change. Thank you for your help.National Notary Association27 Oct 2015Hello. You should notify the Secretary of State's office and request an amended commission within 60 days of changing your name. You will also need to submit a rider to your bond. After submitting the notice and rider, you may continue to perform notarial acts in your former name or until receiving your amended commission, whichever is earlier. (FS 117.05) A name change form and additional instructions can be found at http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/pdf/namechan.pdf.Patricia Handshoe12 Nov 2015I need to change my name on notary for the state of Indiana. Can you advise me how to go about email@example.com Apr 2016I have the same situation, I already changed my name and address with Indiana Secretary of State and have my amended Notary Certificate. Do i keep my notary seal until renewal or do i need a new one?National Notary Association03 May 2016Hello. Technically the law doesn’t require the Notary’s name in the seal. However, that said, it wouldn’t be advisable to sign in using your new name and use a seal with the old name. That could be cause for rejection of documents by a county recorder out of state, and possible in state as well. We would recommend you obtain a new seal with your updated information. Julie Judd04 May 2016Please tell me what the name change policy is for Utah. My name recently changed and my commission expires in September.National Notary Association04 May 2016Utah Notaries who change their name during their four-year commission term must notify the Lieutenant Governor’s office of their new name within 30 days. They must obtain a bond rider from their surety company and forward it to the state with a $5 fee, along with a copy of any official name change documents and the original “Certificate of Authority of Notary Public.” They must also obtain a new seal bearing the new name and destroy the old one (UCA 46-1-16[b] and 46-1-20 and ).Loraine Dy06 Jun 2016I recently changed my name, and have filed the name change with the Secretary of State. I received my Amended Notary Public Commission, a Certificate of Authorization to Manufacture Notary Public Seals, and an oath of office form. Do I need to obtain a new stamp? How would I go about completing that, as my employer originally paid for my notary fees.National Notary Association06 Jun 2016Hello Lorraine. To ensure we provide you with the correct information, can you please confirm what state you are contacting us firstname.lastname@example.org Jun 2016I am in California and planning to change my name. I know that I will have to get a new seal, will I have to get a new journal too?National Notary Association08 Jul 2016No, the same journal may be used. However, as a precaution, you should either make a note in the front of the journal or use one journal line to note the date and your new commission name. Kaari11 Jul 2016Thank you. Do I have to change my name on my notary commission, or am I able to file for a new name at the social security office and still use my old maiden/commission name only for notarizations until my commission runs out? I'm in California.National Notary Association12 Jul 2016You will need to file a Notary Public Name Change form with the Secretary of State's office and file a new oath of office and bond with your county clerk. You will also need to purchase a new seal with your new name. 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