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How Do I Update My Notary Information If I Get Married?

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I have recently married and changed my name. I need a new Notary stamp to reflect it but how do I do this? S.C., Arlington, TX

In order to obtain a Notary stamp in your new name you must change your name on your commission by filing a name change form (Form 2305) that you can download from the Secretary of State’s website. Technically, you aren’t required to change the name on your current commission after you marry as long as you continue to use the name on your current commission and Notary seal for all official acts until your commission expires.

You may change the name on your commission by submitting the following to the Secretary of State:

• A completed Form 2305,

• Your original Notary commission,

• A rider or endorsement to your Notary bond from the bond agency or surety, and

• A $20 filing fee.

All four of these items must be sent at the same time. Instructions are provided on Form 2305.

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Christina Tank

31 Aug 2015

But what this does NOT tell you is you must notify the Secretary of State regardless of whether you choose to keep using your old name until your commission expires or get a new one, or at least in California you do. Its a fine if you do not.

Michael Burnett

31 Aug 2015

I would like to read this article

Amanda Velasquez

23 Dec 2016

If you don't want to pay the $20 to update the name, and just wait till it's at renewal to do so, how do you just let them know that your name changed? I don't want to not follow the rules if I'm supposed to let them know I got married.

National Notary Association

28 Dec 2016

Hello Amanda. According to the instructions on the Form 2305 name change form provided by the Texas Secretary of State's office, the name change procedure is optional and a Notary may continue to sign the name on his or her commission until the commission expires, and then change the name upon commission renewal. You can find a link to the Form 2305 here if you wish to read further: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#NPUF. Please note that the Hotline question answer above is specifically for Texas and other state requirements may be different.

Renee

12 Feb 2019

What is a rider or endorsement

National Notary Association

12 Feb 2019

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

Patricia Ann Viruet

06 May 2019

If someone is a notary and didn't change their name after getting married could they still notarize family members or spouse papers? EX. I know someone who got married and she is notarizing her husbands papers for his business which she is also manager of that business. Her bond is under her maiden name.

National Notary Association

07 May 2019

Hello. To help us answer your question can you please tell us what state the Notary is commissioned in?

Minerva Rodriguez

11 Jul 2019

I will be getting married before notary commision experation. Am I able to renew with existing name on notary commision? If I wish to renew with new married name what documentation will I need to provide?

National Notary Association

22 Jul 2019

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please let us know what state you are commissioned in?

Delana

03 Sep 2019

I am in Arkansas...I never changed my notary to my married name. Can i notarize documents as long as I don't use my married name?

National Notary Association

03 Sep 2019

Hello. Arkansas Notaries are required to notify the Secretary of State and the local circuit court clerk within 30 days of any change that would alter the information on file with the Secretary and the court clerk (ACA 21-14-103[a]).

Phyllis A. Mahoney

29 Oct 2019

I got divorced and took back my maiden name; is it still okay for me to notarize signing Phyllis M. Nichols which is on my stamp until it gets renewed August 2020

National Notary Association

29 Oct 2019

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

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