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Can A Foreign Resident Become A Florida Notary?

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Is it possible for a foreign resident to become a Notary in Florida? I am the holder of a nonresident U.S. performer’s visa. I spend half of my time in the U.S. When I am back home in the Caribbean, I get numerous requests for Notary services from Floridians that cannot be fulfilled on the island and am asked if I can notarize while I am in Florida. — C.S., Florida

To become a Florida Notary, you must be a legal resident of the state. U.S. citizenship is not required to become a Notary as long as you are a permanent resident. Permanent residents must file a Declaration of Domicile that has been recorded with the circuit court of the county in which you reside along with the application for a Notary commission.

A duly-commissioned Florida Notary may only perform notarial duties within the borders of Florida.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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Diego Leon

31 Jan 2022

Hello i have a Question: I am an Alien with SS and Work Permit Authorization I also have a Florida Drivers ID. can i become a Notary Public or do I need to be a Permanent Resident? Thank you

National Notary Association

31 Jan 2022

Hello. An applicant for a commission as a Florida Notary Public must: (a) be at least 18 years old, (b) be a legal resident of Florida and (c) if ever convicted of a felony, have had civil rights restored. If you meet these qualifications, then you are eligible to apply for a commission.

Nerissa Lewis

05 Mar 2022

Once I get my certification for completing class, what do I do next?

National Notary Association

11 Mar 2022

Hello. If you applied for your commission through the NNA, please contact our Customer Care team at and they can assist you with your next step.

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