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Notary Bulletin

Tips For Renewing Your Notary Commission

seal-certificate-resized.jpgUpdated 3-3-20. Every state has different rules for renewing a Notary commission. But no matter what state you are commissioned in, when renewing you always want it to go smoothly and avoid any gaps between your old commission and your new one that would leave you unable to notarize. Here are some tips to help you.

1. Confirm When You Can Renew Your Notary Commission

The first step should always be to confirm when you can start the renewal process. How long it takes to process a Notary commission varies depending on the state you are commissioned in, so you need to be careful about when you submit your application. Too late, and your new commission won’t arrive until after your old one expires — which means you won’t be able to notarize until your new one arrives.

But some states don’t accept a renewal application if it’s submitted too early. For example, Montana Notaries cannot apply for reappointment more than 30 days before their current commission expires. Colorado, Idaho and Texas permit Notaries to start the renewal process up to 90 days before a commission expires. Wyoming instructs its Notaries to begin the renewal process 2-6 weeks before their commissions expire, while California and Florida recommend beginning the reappointment process at least 6 months prior to expiration.

2. Complete Any Required Notary Training Or Testing

Some states require renewing Notaries to take an exam or additional training. If your state requires a course or exam, be sure to schedule time to complete them before your current commission expires. Pennsylvania requires Notaries to take a 3-hour continuing education course within 6 months prior to reappointment. Hawaii Notaries must pass a written, closed-book exam with at least an 80 percent score. California and Colorado require both a course and exam for renewing Notaries. Notaries renewing in Montana who fail to submit their renewal within 30 days after the current commission expires are required to take the same mandatory exam required for first-time Notaries.

3. Double-Check That Your Notary Renewal Information Is Correct

The name and signature you use when notarizing should always match the name that appears on your Notary commission and your Notary bond, if your state requires one. When you complete a Notary commission renewal application, double-check that your information is complete and that there are no typos or inconsistencies with how you wish to sign your name when notarizing. For example, if you wish to notarize using the name “Jane Louise Doe” be sure that you write the full name on the renewal application and not “Jane L. Doe.”

4. The NNA Can Help You Renew Your Notary Commission

If you need assistance renewing your commission, you can contact our Customer Care team by phone at 1-800-876-6827 or by email at

 David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

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09 Mar 2020

I am from Pennsylvania where can I get my continuing education to renew my notary.

National Notary Association

12 Mar 2020

Hello. A list of approved education providers, including the NNA, is available here: If you wish to take your continuing education through the NNA, you can contact us at or through our website at

ernestina kepner

09 Mar 2020

I live in Las Vegas Nevada when can I renew my license and do I have to take it to court and register it like before.

National Notary Association

12 Mar 2020

Hello. If you need assistance renewing your Notary commission, you can contact the NNA's Customer Care team by calling 1-800-876-6827.

Halima m. Salim

11 Mar 2020

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11 Mar 2020

My commission expires 4/15/20. I will be taking the class and exam 4/8/20. Will I run into any issues?

National Notary Association

12 Mar 2020

Hello. Depending on what state you are commissioned in, there may be a possibility that you will not receive your new commission until after your current one expires. If so, you will have to wait until you receive your new commission to resume notarizing. If you are renewing your commission through the NNA, you can contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 to request additional information.


01 Jul 2020

Hi my commission expired back in 2007, I am currently completing the application to return to work, how should I proceed with getting bonded and turning in my application?

National Notary Association

02 Jul 2020

Hello. If you need assistance with your Notary application, please contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827.

Pilar C Lara

11 Sep 2020

my stamp is expired how much is to renew my stamp.

National Notary Association

15 Sep 2020

Hello. If you'd like to order a new stamp through the NNA, you can contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 and one of our representatives can assist you.

Jennifer Bandy

23 Sep 2020

I’m renewing my notary commission i currently expire 4/22/21. I’m taking a Notary class on 10/10/20 I’m 6 months a few days before my 6 month mark. Is it ok to renew alittle over 6 months before my current common expires? Also I’m a Notary in contra costa county, is it ok to take my class to Ree in Sacramento county?

National Notary Association

05 Oct 2020

Hello. You may start your renewal a little over 6 months before your commission expires, and it's OK to take your class in the other county.

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