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Can I Transfer My Notary Commission If I Move Out Of State?

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I am currently a California Notary, but I am going to be moving to Colorado. Do I need to turn in my California Notary journals and retake the exam in Colorado in order to continue being a Notary? Or is there a more convenient way to “transfer” my commission to Colorado? D.N., California

Each state has its own application process, so Notary commissions, unfortunately, are not transferable between states.

There is a specific protocol you must follow when resigning your position in California. First, to officially resign your Notary commission, you will need to send a letter to the Secretary of State. Second, you will need to submit your Notary journals to your county recorder’s office within 30 days from your resignation. You must also destroy your seal stamp and/or seal embosser as they could otherwise be used to commit fraud.

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Elizabeth bolint

08 Nov 2016

What if you own residential or commercial property in two states. And you spend a significant amount of time in both states. Can you be a notary on both states?

National Notary Association

09 Nov 2016

Hi Elizabeth. It depends on the laws of the states in question. Can you be more specific which ones, please?

Marta Iris Castro

09 Mar 2017

We are planning to move from Delaware to Florida. What will my process be to continue being a notary.

National Notary Association

10 Mar 2017

Hello. You will need to resign your Delaware commission and apply for a new commission in Florida.

Jas

16 Mar 2017

If you are a notary in California and decides to move to Nevada...do you must resign as notary in California even if you wont apply to become a notary in Nevada. Can you just let the current california notary commission expire and then turn in the journals to the county recorder in california?

National Notary Association

17 Mar 2017

Hello. California Government Code Section 8209 states that if a CA Notary resigns his or her commission or allows the commission to expire, the Notary must deliver all notarial journals, records, and papers to the county clerk's office where the Notary's oath of office is filed within 30 days. The Secretary of State's Notary Public Handbook, page 23, advises Notaries to send a letter of resignation to the Secretary of the State's office if the Notary wishes to resign his or her commission.

jasmine

02 May 2017

What if i am moving from california to texas and i have a resdential address for both states?

National Notary Association

04 May 2017

Hello. You cannot transfer a CA Notary commission to Texas. You would have to apply for a new Notary commission in Texas when you move.

Ann

13 Jul 2017

What if someone is a notary and they move to another state for a year and then move back to the state in which they are a notary and is a resident again. Is the notary still valid or will they need to reapply?

National Notary Association

14 Jul 2017

Hello Ann. To help us answer your question, can you specify which states you are referring to?

Sharon A Bersey

19 Jul 2017

I'm moving from Florida to Louisiana what do I need to do to transfer my Notary to Louisiana

National Notary Association

24 Jul 2017

Hello. A Florida commission is not transferable to another state. You would have to resign your Notary commission and apply for a new commission in Louisiana. Please be aware that Louisiana Notary qualifications, training, testing requirements and duties are significantly different than in Florida.

Marcy Montano

13 Aug 2017

Can i transfer my Connecticut notary to florida

National Notary Association

14 Aug 2017

Hello. No, Notary commissions are not transferable between states. If you are moving to Florida, you would need to meet that state's commissioning requirements first then apply for a new commission in Florida.

Dani

16 Aug 2017

I will be moving from Florida. I do not recall that I was required to turn in any documents - I have them all but I did allow my commission to expire some time ago and then recently reapplied per my employer. I will now be leaving the state, I may or may not apply in Indiana.

National Notary Association

16 Aug 2017

Hello Dani. If you're referring to your journal records, while Florida does not require a journal by law, if you keep one the Governor's office recommends retaining your completed journal for at least five years after the last date of entry.

Victoria

24 Aug 2017

If I was a Notary Public for the State of California, and I've recently moved to Arizona and want to reapply for an Arizona commission, can I still use the $5000 bond that I purchased in California, or do I have to repurchase another $5000 bond here in Arizona?

National Notary Association

25 Aug 2017

Hello. Arizona law requires the surety bond to be obtained from a state-licensed surety and the bond must be effective for four years, beginning exactly on the effective date of the Notary’s commission. The bond’s effective date may not overlap the expiration date of any previous bond, even by one day. Finally the bond must not be issued more than 60 days before or 30 days after its effective date (ARS 41-312[B] and 41-315[A] and [B]; AAC R2-12-1103[A]; RM).

Gail R

19 Sep 2017

Can I keep a notary license for more than one state at a time if you take and pass the state's law.

National Notary Association

20 Sep 2017

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are located in and what other state you are interested in obtaining a commission for?

Paul

09 Nov 2017

When changing from Virginia to North Carolina will I need to take your learning course and exam again?

National Notary Association

09 Nov 2017

Hello Paul. Can you please clarify which course you are referring to?

mhodang@yahoo.com

26 Dec 2017

i'm a notary in california, I have both house in california and florida. i live in florida for the summer june 1 - august 31, the rest of the year i live in california. can I do notary while i'm in florida for the summer. if so how can I do that, please give me some advice. Thank you very much!

National Notary Association

05 Jan 2018

Hello. You must be a legal resident of Florida in order to hold a Notary commission there. Part-time residents may not hold a Florida Notary commission.

Jax

08 Jan 2018

Can I hold a Notary Commission in both TX and NY if I reside in TX?

National Notary Association

09 Jan 2018

Hello. To hold a New York commission you must be a resident of New York or have an office or place of business within New York.

arnie

29 Jan 2018

If I am moving to AZ but don't want to do notary there and move back to CA can I still keep my commission or do I have to automatically cancel when I move out of state? if I do cancel when happens when I come back do I start process all over again?

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2018

Hello. You would have to resign your CA commission if you move out of state. Should you return to California, you would need to apply for a new commission.

mhaygoo1@hfhs.org

06 Apr 2018

I'm moving to Georgia soon and would like to continue being a signing agent. What do I need to do?

National Notary Association

06 Apr 2018

Hello. Only a lender or a licensed Georgia attorney may conduct settlements and disburse closing funds in the state; and the law further prohibits anyone other than the settlement agent for the entire transaction from overseeing the closing session (OCGA 44-14-13[10]).

MARIA KRYEZIU

13 Apr 2018

I AM CERTIFIED TO NOTARIZE DOCUMENTS IN NEW YORK. WHAT IS REQUIRED TO TRANSFER TO NEW JERSEY?

National Notary Association

13 Apr 2018

Hello. Notary commissions are not transferable between states. If you wish to obtain a New Jersey commission, you will have to check if you qualify for a Notary commission in that state and submit an application for a new commission there.

Darlene

06 May 2018

My Notary Public commission expired in Maryland. I am re-applying in the state of Florida, do I have to resign as Notary Public in Maryland?, even though it expired in 2018?

National Notary Association

07 May 2018

Hello. If your Maryland commission has already expired and you have chosen not to renew, you do not need to take additional steps to resign the commission. You will need to keep your registry (Notary journal) for at least five years.

Chrysty Carroll

07 May 2018

I am a notary in Georgia but just recently moved to Florida and would like to be a notary here. Am I able to transfer? If not, do I just apply as a "new" notary? Thank you.

National Notary Association

07 May 2018

Hello. No, Notary commissions are not transferable between states. You would need to resign your Georgia commission and apply for a new commission in Florida.

Priscilla Dewaele

16 Jun 2018

Can I have two completely different commission in two different states? Ex California and Illinois

National Notary Association

18 Jun 2018

Hello Priscilla. The answer to your question depends on what two states are involved. However, in the example you provided, it is not possible to hold simultaneous commissions in California and Illinois because each state's residency requirements for a commission are incompatible. (Illinois requires Notaries to live in the state or a bordering state, and California does not permit nonresidents to apply for CA commissions.)

Miranda

19 Jul 2018

I am a notary in texas and moved to CO for a couple years and am now back in Texas and my notary in Texas will not expire until 2020 is it still valid?

National Notary Association

24 Jul 2018

Hello. No, you will need to apply for a new Texas Notary commission, since out of state residents may not serve as Texas Notaries. Notaries who move their residence from Texas automatically vacate the office (GC 406.020; 1 TAC 87.50[c]).

Roman

26 Jul 2018

Hi, I have notary commission from Kings County (Brooklyn), New York and live in Brooklyn, NY. But, I work in New York city. I'm planing to move to Pennsylvanian soon, but will continue to work in New York city. Can I keep my New York notary commission?

National Notary Association

27 Jul 2018

Hello. A Notary resident of New York State who moves out of state but still maintains a place of business in the state may remain a Notary; otherwise, the office of Notary is thereby vacated (EL 130).

Dawn

13 Aug 2018

I live in GA but work in Florida (I live on the state line) Can I get my notary in Fla?

National Notary Association

15 Aug 2018

Hello. No, only Florida residents may apply for a Florida Notary commission.

Liliana

05 Sep 2018

I will be living in 2 different states 6 months at a time, can I apply for a second Notary commision so I can hold it in both states?

National Notary Association

05 Sep 2018

Hello. To help us answer your question can you please tell us what two states you will be residing in?

Liliana Rust

07 Sep 2018

Indiana and Arizona

National Notary Association

07 Sep 2018

Hello. No, Indiana requires Notaries to be full-time, permanent legal residents. If at any time an Indiana Notary ceases to be a full-time resident of the state of Indiana, their commission becomes invalid and must be relinquished. An Indiana notary cannot reside or claim primary residency anywhere outside of this state. Arizona requires a Notary to either be a registered voter in Arizona or list Arizona as the state of permanent residence for income tax purposes. You would have to give up your commission in whatever state you do not meet the permanent residence requirements in.

Mel

07 Sep 2018

I am a CO notary and will be moving to WA, but will still be employed by my same company based in CO (I will be working remotely). Can I maintain my CO notary?

National Notary Association

07 Sep 2018

Hello. A Colorado Notary must be a permanent resident of the state or have a place of employment in the state. We would recommend contacting the Colorado Secretary of State's Notary program at 1-303-894-2200 to ask them if remote employment with a Colorado business will allow you to meet this requirement.

NORA LAJQI

18 Sep 2018

I live and do business in NYS. I will be moving right over state border to CT, can i keep my NYS notary since I will continur business in NYS?

National Notary Association

18 Sep 2018

Hello. A New York Notary who moves out of state but still maintains a place of business in New York may remain a Notary; otherwise your commission is vacated (EL 130). You will need to file a change of address form with the Department of State's Division of Licensing Services.

Roberto

27 Sep 2018

Hello. I hold a notary commission in California and will be moving to Nevada for a year and be traveling back and forth after. Is it possible to hold a commission in California and acquire a new commission in Nevada for the time I’m in Nevada? In other words can I hold to commissions at the same time from two states?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2018

Hello. It will not be possible for you to hold a CA Notary commission if you move to Nevada. California does not permit out-of-state residents to hold CA Notary commissions.

Tay

08 Nov 2018

Can I hold notary commissions in both California and Colorado if I have residences & employment in states?

National Notary Association

08 Nov 2018

Hello. Colorado applicants must either be a resident or have a place of employment in the state (CRS 24-21-521[3]). California applicants must be a legal resident of California (GC 8201).

Roberto Rivera

11 Dec 2018

I'm a Notary in the state of California, can I obtain a Notary commission in Nevada whilst maintaining the Notary commission in California?

National Notary Association

13 Dec 2018

Hello. To be eligible for a Nevada commission, you would need to maintain or be employed at a licensed place of business in Nevada (NRS 240.015).

Ashley

08 Jan 2019

If I am a notary in New York and have a job in New York and a home in New York and am buying a condo in Florida and live in New York for six months and Florida for six months, can I be a notary in both states? I need a notary to work.

National Notary Association

11 Jan 2019

Hello. Yes, it is possible. In order to hold a New York commission, you must either be a resident or have an office or place of business in the state. To hold a commission in Florida, you must be a legal resident of Florida. This website has additional information on the qualifications for Florida residency: https://www.stateofflorida.com/residency.aspx

Kristlee Harvey

19 Feb 2019

Hello! I'm a notary from NJ that has recently moved to TN. What is the process of replacing or renewing my license. I don't assume I can keep my NJ one. I had to ask.

National Notary Association

20 Feb 2019

Hello. You will need to apply for a new Notary commission in Tennessee. You will need to either obtain an application form from your local county clerk's office or you can contact the NNA for assistance in applying for a commission at 1-800-876-6827.

Aydil M Torres

21 Feb 2019

I am a freelance court reporter in NY, and so have my notary strictly to swear in witnesses. I am planning on moving to Florida and working as a freelance stenographer there. I can at times take telephonic depositions with and for my NY clients. Can I keep my NY notary and do I have to retake the test in Florida?

National Notary Association

22 Feb 2019

Hello. In order to hold a NY Notary commission, you must either be a resident of New York or have a place of business in the state. If you are moving out of state and will no longer be working in New York, you will need to resign your NY commission and apply for a new Notary commission in Florida.

Suzanne

05 Apr 2019

I’m a notary in SC but have moved to NC. What do I need to do to become a notary in NC?

National Notary Association

08 Apr 2019

Hello. Here are links to information and a video on becoming a North Carolina Notary: https://www.nationalnotary.org/north-carolina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZkRwSO_aJg

Yasmin

02 Jul 2019

I hold a notary in Florida and will be moving to South Carolina. Do I need to re-do the course and exam from scratch or can I transfer my notary from one state to another?

National Notary Association

03 Jul 2019

Hello. Notary commissions are not transferable between states. You would have to apply for a new Notary commission after you move to South Carolina.

Kristi

25 Sep 2019

I hold a Minnesota notary currently. I live in Iowa work in Minnesota. I am changing jobs and going to work in Iowa, but my current company would still like me to notarize documents for them. If I surrender my Minnesota notary and get an Iowa one will I still be able to notarize the Minnesota documents.

National Notary Association

27 Sep 2019

Hello. An Iowa Notary commission would only authorize you to perform notarizations within the borders of Iowa. You would not be able to notarize when located in Minnesota.

Lindsay

09 Oct 2019

I am a notary in Massachusetts for work related services only. I am moving to New Hampshire and staying at my job in MA (not a far drive). I will not be notarizing anything in NH, or any state other than MA. Do I need to take any action?

National Notary Association

10 Oct 2019

“Within 10 days after the change of a notary public’s name, residence, business address or mailing address, the notary public shall send to the state secretary a signed notice of the change, providing both the old and new information” (GL 222, Sec. 25). The Public Records Division at 617-727-2836 can answer questions about name and address changes, and provide up-to-date contact information for any Notary. A Notary with a name change may continue to notarize with the former name until commission expiration. A form to register a change of address or name may be obtained online at www.sec.state.ma.us.

Jody M Brown

22 Oct 2019

I live in Florida and have a notary in Florida. I will be going to Georgia to help take care of family. Can I hold a notary in Florida and in Georgia? I will be going back and forth to take care of family and I have a business that I assist here in Florida as a notary, so I do not want to give up my Florida notary. So I would like to also get one in Georgia, is that an option?

National Notary Association

24 Oct 2019

Hello. In order to be eligible for a Georgia Notary commission, you would need to be regularly employed or carrying out a business or profession in the Georgia county in which application is made (OCGA 45-17-2).

Michele Polanis

19 Dec 2019

I recently moved to NY from PA. I am working remotely for my PA employer. Can I keep my PA notary or do I need to get a NY notary

National Notary Association

20 Dec 2019

Hello. You will need to file a change of address form with the PA Department of State within 30 days of your move. If you are still employed by an office in Pennsylvania, you may still be eligible to continue as a PA Notary. However, please be aware that if you continue as a PA Notary, you may still only perform notarizations within the borders of Pennsylvania. In order to perform notarizations in NY state, you will need to apply for a NY Notary commission.

Nancy W

10 Jan 2020

Hello! I currently live in CA and was going to start the process to apply, however I am moving to Nevada in June - would it be best to just wait until I move to Nevada to become a notary there?

National Notary Association

10 Jan 2020

Hello. Yes, as you would need to resign your CA commission anyway when you move out of state.

Jennifer Gooch

26 Feb 2020

Hi. I am a NC notary and am moving just out of state to VA. I will continue to work for the company that I notarize documents for in NC and will commute there from VA..it's literally just over the line. Do I transfer from NC notary to a company notary?

National Notary Association

27 Feb 2020

Hello. A person who lives outside of NC but still has a place of business within the state may still be eligible for a NC Notary commission. “Within 45 days after the change of a notary’s residence, business, or any mailing address or telephone number, the notary shall send to the Secretary by fax, email, or certified mail, return receipt requested, a signed notice of the change, giving both old and new addresses or telephone numbers” (GS 10B-50). You should contact the Secretary of State's office at 1-919-807-2219 to ask if moving out of state will require you to apply for a new commission and seal.

elaineiseley@me.com

13 Apr 2020

I live in DC and work in Virginia and DC, can I be a notary in both DC and Virginia

National Notary Association

15 Apr 2020

Hello. Yes, provided you meet all other qualifications for a Notary commission in both states.

Samantha Hale

20 May 2020

trying to find out what to do to transfer from the state of Texas to Louisiana

National Notary Association

21 May 2020

Hello. A Texas Notary commission is not transferable to Louisiana. You would need to resign your Texas commission and apply for a new commission in Louisiana if you are relocating. Please be aware that due to Louisiana's civil law code, Notaries in Louisiana have significantly different duties, training and testing requirements than Notaries in other states.

Devyn DePonte

23 Jun 2020

Hi I’m currently a notary public in CA and I recently moved to MA am I able to have a notary in both of those states. Or would I have to turn in my CA notary to the secretary of the state.

National Notary Association

26 Jun 2020

Hello. You cannot continue to serve as a CA Notary if you move out of the state. You will need to resign your California commission and apply for a new commission in Massachusetts.

Tracey

29 Jun 2020

I currently am a ny notary, but will be working in ny and ct. Can I apply for a ct notary license and be a ny notary as well?

National Notary Association

30 Jun 2020

Hello. If you do not reside in Connecticut or have your principle place of business there, you will not be eligible for a CT Notary commission.

Amanda Goldman

12 Jul 2020

I will be moving from Alabama to Arkansas. Can I transfer my notary commission to Arkansas? Also, will my E&O insurance still be good or do I need to reapply for new insurance?

National Notary Association

13 Jul 2020

Hello. Notary commissions are not transferable between states, and Alabama does not permit individuals living outside the state to hold an Alabama commission. You would need to resign your Alabama commission and apply for a new Notary commission in Arkansas. You will need to contact your E&O provider to ask about details of your policy coverage if you move to a different state and need to apply for a new commission. If you obtained your policy through the NNA, please call 1-800-876-6827 to ask for assistance.

Bri

26 Jul 2020

If I have a notary license in Arkansas, will I be able to also be able to use it in Tennessee. Or would I have to reapply for one in TN also?

National Notary Association

28 Jul 2020

Hello. You cannot use an Arkansas Notary commission to notarize in Tennessee. You would have to apply for a separate TN Notary commission to notarize in Tennessee.

diame

04 Aug 2020

i am a notary in my for 41 years. i am moving to florida next year. if i hate it i will move back to new york if i retire my ny notary can.i get it back if i move back without taking the test again

National Notary Association

05 Aug 2020

Hello. No, you would need to apply for a new Notary commission if you choose to move back to New York.

GG

05 Sep 2020

I am a NSA/ RON in Florida looking to move to WA state. Will I need a new RON and NOtary signing agent commission to use my online platform?

National Notary Association

08 Sep 2020

Hello. If you move to Washington, you will no longer be able to perform RONs as a Florida Notary because you will need to resign your Florida commission when you move. You would need to apply for a new Notary commission and new authorization to perform RONs from the state of Washington when you relocate. For more information, please see here: https://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/remote-online-notary/how-to-become-a-remote-online-notary/washington

k

23 Sep 2020

I'm moving from MD to DE but maintaining my working position in MD where I use my notary stamp. Do I need to resign my position?

National Notary Association

02 Oct 2020

Hello. Maryland Notaries must either live or have a place of business in the state to hold a commission. If you wish to maintain your MD commission, you will need to file a change of address at https://www.egov.maryland.gov/sos/notary/#/hom within 30 days of the change.

Shamel

07 Oct 2020

Since GA is. An attorney state, am I willing to hold commissions in another state that’s close by , to create more opportunities. For example Alabama

National Notary Association

08 Oct 2020

Hello. You would have to check the eligibility requirements for a Notary commission in any other state you wish to apply in. Some states (including Alabama) do not allow out-of-state residents to hold Notary commissions: "A person who resides in another state, but who works in Alabama, cannot be appointed and commissioned as a notary public in this state” (Ala. Atty. Gen. Opinion 95-00289 of August 16, 1995).

A.B.

09 Oct 2020

I work in California and Notarize in California... I will be moving to Nevada, but will be continuing to work in California. Although my personal residence has changed, my work will still be in California. Do I need to relinquish my Seal and Book due to this move?

National Notary Association

12 Oct 2020

Hello. Only CA residents may hold a CA Notary commission. You will need to resign your CA commission when you move to Nevada.

Cindy Niemiec

06 Nov 2020

If I get my license in Ohio, can I keep it if I move across the river to Kentucky?

National Notary Association

10 Nov 2020

Hello. In order to hold an Ohio commission while living outside the state, you must be an attorney admitted to practice law in Ohio who has a primary place of business or practice in the state (ORC 147.01[B]).

Kristina

09 Dec 2020

I have a NYS Notary License now my listed address is the companies address in NY. Can I keep my license if I move to SC but continue to work for the company in NY but only remotely?

National Notary Association

10 Dec 2020

A Notary resident of New York State who moves out of state but still maintains a place of business in the state may remain a Notary; otherwise, the office of Notary is thereby vacated (EL 130). However, please note that if you keep your New York Notary license, you may still only perform notarizations while physically located within the state of New York.

V. Fuentes

09 Jan 2021

Hello - I am a NY Notary and I’m looking to move to Pennsylvania. Can I keep my notary license for NY even if I am a resident of Pennsylvania? I still will be traveling back and forth from NY to PA weekly.

National Notary Association

21 Jan 2021

Hello. A Notary resident of New York State who moves out of state but still maintains a place of business in the state may remain a Notary; otherwise, the office of Notary is thereby vacated (EL 130).

mary

15 Jan 2021

is it possible for me to be a notary in both MI and OH? or do I have to retake the class when I move from ohio to michigan

National Notary Association

21 Jan 2021

Hello. Only residents of Ohio or a resident of another state who is an attorney admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and who has a principal place of business or a primary practice in Ohio may qualify for an Ohio Notary commission (ORC 147.01[B]). If you do not meet these requirements you will have to resign your Ohio commission when you move and apply for a new Notary commission in Michigan.

Lujuana Roberts

28 Jan 2021

If I just became a CA notary which included training & an exam. If I move to Oregon, would I still need to take their classes & exam again?

National Notary Association

29 Jan 2021

Hello. If you move out of California, you will need to resign your CA commission and apply for a new Notary commission in the state you relocate to. You will be required to follow all requirements of your new state, including classes and testing if required.

Tracye Bowins

31 Jan 2021

If I am in the same state (Jefferson County, AL), but move to another county (Shelby County, AL) 27 miles away, do I need to renew my license in my new county?

National Notary Association

01 Feb 2021

Hello. In Alabama, state-at-large Notaries do not vacate their offices upon moving from their counties, however, a spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office advised that “it may be that a better practice for a notary for the state at large would be to get a new commission in his/her county of residence if the notary moves from the county where the commission was initially obtained.”

Aja

05 Feb 2021

Hello, thank you for your time. I currently reside and was recently commissioned in Georgia; however, I will be relocating back to Alabama in a couple months. While Alabama doesn't allow non-residents to be commissioned in Alabama, am I able to maintain and do notary work in Georgia and obtain my commission in Alabama once I relocate there? I want to have dual commission and do notary services in both states, if possible.

National Notary Association

05 Feb 2021

Hello. Georgia Notaries ceasing to reside or work in the state are subject to having their commission revoked by the superior court clerk (OCGA 45-17-15[a]).

Eric

11 Feb 2021

I am currently an Arizona notary. I’m planning to move to California and want to get a notary commission there. Can I start the process of becoming a California notary before physically moving to California?

National Notary Association

12 Feb 2021

Hello. No, because you must be a legal resident of California in order to be eligible for a CA Notary commission.

Nicola Ann Quinn

17 Feb 2021

Can I have a be a notary of multiple states such as CA, Nevada and Texas

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

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

Beth Cooper

03 Mar 2021

I am moving to Florida from South Carolina, do I have to apply and go through classes to get a FL notary?

National Notary Association

03 Mar 2021

Hello. Only legal residents of Florida may hold a FL commission. When you move, you will need to resign your Florida commission. If you wish to perform notarizations in South Carolina, you will need to apply for a new SC commission.

Kathy

08 Mar 2021

Hello, I plan to live in both Michigan and Texas. Would I be able to have two notary commissions at the same time in both states?! Thanks!

National Notary Association

09 Mar 2021

Hello. To qualify for a Texas commission, you must be a resident of Texas. In Michigan, you may apply for a commission if you are a Michigan resident or maintain a place of business in the state.

Laura

09 Mar 2021

Hi. I am currently a Florida notary. I want to visit a home I own in Tennessee. I would like to work while I am there. While Florida requires you to be a full-time resident to maintain the license, Tennesse says I must be a resident or have a principal place of business in the county from which I was elected. So my question is if I stay as a full-time resident in Florida and maintain a principal place of business in Tennessee can I perform notarizations in both states? Thanks.

National Notary Association

10 Mar 2021

Hello. Persons who maintain a principal place of business in Tennessee may apply for a TN Notary commission (TCA 8-16-101[a] and 8-18-101). However, to perform notarizations in Tennessee, you would need to apply for a new Tennessee Notary commission. You may not use your Florida Notary commission to perform notarizations in Tennessee.

AnnMary Hallen

15 Mar 2021

Can a NY notary who works in NY but lives in PA be commissioned in both states?

National Notary Association

15 Mar 2021

Hello. Persons can apply for a NY Notary commission if they have an office or place of business within the state and meet all other eligibility requirements.

John Hunt

29 Apr 2021

Hi,I am a New York notary moved to nevada,can I transfer my commission online and what is the process.

National Notary Association

03 May 2021

Hello. Notary commissions are not transferable between states. You would need to resign your New York commission and apply for a new Nevada Notary commission after you move.

Faye Taylor

04 Jun 2021

Hi I am a notary in NC and plan to move to Massachusetts. Will I need to get a new commission in Mass?

National Notary Association

10 Jun 2021

Hello. Yes, you would need to apply for a Massachusetts Notary commission in order to perform notarizations in that state.

876notary@gmail.com

05 Jun 2021

I live in both Florida and Georgia. Is there a way to maintain commissions in both states?

National Notary Association

07 Jun 2021

Hello. An applicant for a Georgia commission must be a legal resident of the Georgia county in which the application is made or, if living out of state, be a resident of a state bordering Georgia and regularly employed or carrying out a business or profession in the Georgia county in which application is made (OCGA 45-17-2). An applicant for a Florida commission 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.

David

24 Jun 2021

Hello, I am currently commissioned in Colorado and jus removed to Florida, is there anything I need to do specifically to get commissioned in Florida?

National Notary Association

01 Jul 2021

Please see here for Florida information: https://www.nationalnotary.org/florida/how-to-become-florida-notary

Debra Blanco

30 Jun 2021

I am a NY Notary and live in NY. I now work in CT can I keep my NY Notary status and also become a CT Notary for my job?

National Notary Association

01 Jul 2021

Hello. You may apply for a CT Notary commission if you reside or have a principal place of business in Connecticut (CGS 3-94b[b]). You may continue to serve as a NY Notary, but if you have changed the address on your NY Notary commission, you will need to file a change notice with the NY Department of State.

Karen Carpenter

06 Jul 2021

My place of business is in Florida and I live in Alabama. May I be commissioned in Florida, even though I live in Alabama?

National Notary Association

21 Jul 2021

Hello. No, only legal residents of Florida may apply for a Florida Notary commission.

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