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When do I change my married name on my Notary commission?

My Notary commission will expire in October and I've recently changed my name because I got married. Can I take care of the name change when I apply for my new commission? — A.D., Texas

Yes, you can. You may continue to notarize documents using the name on your current commission. You will be required to notify the state of your name change when you renew your Notary commission.

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Cherie Van Allen

10 Aug 2021

If I recently moved out of the county that I am commissioned in, how do I go about changing my commission to the new county?

National Notary Association

12 Aug 2021

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

RoseMary G Vizcaino

10 Aug 2021

What if my commission doesnt expire until 2024? Should i still wait to change my name for my notary

National Notary Association

13 Aug 2021

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

Angela

24 Aug 2021

Hi, I got married in 2020 but my commision expires in 2023. Do i need to notify the state of NJ of my name change and pay the $30? Or can I still use my notary until it expires?

National Notary Association

10 Sep 2021

Hello. The New Jersey Notary Public Manual says the following: “Whenever a Notary Public adopts a different name, before notarizing any document, he/she must submit a change request with the State Treasurer. Change of name can be performed online.”

Jennifer

09 Nov 2021

Hi, I got married in 2020 but my commision expires in 2023. Do i need to notify the state of Illinois of my name change and pay the fee? Or can I still use my notary until it expires?

National Notary Association

09 Nov 2021

Hello. “When any notary public legally changes his or her name or moves from the county in which he or she was commissioned or, if the notary public is a resident of a state bordering Illinois, no longer maintains a principal place of work or principal place of business in the same county in Illinois in which he or she was commissioned, the commission ceases to be in effect and should be returned to the Secretary of State. These individuals who desire to again become a notary public must file a new application, bond, and oath with the Secretary of State” (5 ILCS 312/4-101).

SARAH BROWN

25 Jan 2022

I am a notary in the state of Ohio. I have had a legal name change and want to know if I need to update my notary before it expires or if I can continue to notarize "as is" until the expiration date.

National Notary Association

26 Jan 2022

Hello. Within 30 days, a name or address change must be reported to the Secretary of State’s office, using an “Application for Amendment of Notary Public Information” (ORC 147.05[B]). Notaries must use the Secretary of State’s online filing system to report changes to their commission (website, “File Notary Commission Applications and Updates”). There is a fee of $2.00 for filing a name change using the online filing system, for which the applicant will receive a revised commission with the new name. There is no fee to file a change of address or resignation of commission. Once you receive the revised commission, it must be recorded at the county clerk of the courts of common pleas office (ORC 147.05[B]).

Jae

27 Apr 2022

I am in the state of California and I just got married and changed my name. Do I need to change my notary stamp and information now, or can I wait until my commission expires?

National Notary Association

18 May 2022

If a California Notary changes his or her name, a Notary Public Name Change form must be filed with the Secretary of State. Willful failure to do so may result in a fine of up to $500 (GC 8213.6). After receiving the completed form, the Secretary will issue an amended commission in the Notary’s new name. 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]).

Christel

20 May 2022

I leave in Texas. I have changed my name after marriage. I understand in my state you can continue to notarize under your current commission. However my question is, when marketing your services do you use maiden last name as in your commission or can you use new last name on marketing materials?

National Notary Association

01 Jun 2022

Hello. We're sorry but Texas does not address this question in its laws regarding Notary advertising.

Danielle C.

17 Jun 2022

I renew my commission in July and I will be getting my updated stamps but I am getting married in August - should I continue using my maiden name and just update in a few years when I have renewal again? (Located in California)

National Notary Association

24 Jun 2022

Hello. In California, if a Notary changes his or her name, a Notary Public Name Change form must be filed with the Secretary of State. Willful failure to do so may result in a fine of up to $500 (GC 8213.6). After receiving the completed form, the Secretary will issue an amended commission in the Notary’s new name. 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]).

chantel.pennetta@gmail.com

18 Jul 2022

I live in Washington State and recently got married and changed my last name. How do I order an amended bond? Thank you.

National Notary Association

28 Jul 2022

Hello. You would need to contact the bonding company to request a bond rider amending the bond. If you obtained your bond through the NNA, please call 1-855-215-2160 to request assistance.

abby.roderick588@gmail.com

04 Aug 2022

I live in Wisconsin and my commission does not expire until 2025. I am getting married in 2023 and my last name will change. What are the steps I need to do after my legal name changes to continue doing notary stamps at my current job?

National Notary Association

10 Aug 2022

Hello. A Wisconsin Notary with a new legal name must submit a change of name form (available on the website) to the Department of Financial Institutions prior to using the new name as a Notary. “If you change your name for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you purchase a new seal or rubber stamp stating your new name (and the words ‘State of Wisconsin’ and ‘Notary Public’). Obtain an Address/Name/Seal Change form from the WDFI…. You are required to complete and submit the Address/Name/Seal change form to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions PRIOR to using your new name and seal for notary purposes” (state Notary Public Information brochure). “For the remainder of your present commission, however, it is permissible to continue to perform notarial acts using a previous name so long as you continue to sign your name as stated on your seal or rubber stamp. Do not sign under under a new or different name if it does not match the name on your seal or stamp. For notarization purposes, your signature must always exactly match the name indicated on your official notary seal or stamp” (state Notary Public Information brochure).

Asimt Sweis

26 Sep 2022

Hello, I am in the process of becoming a notary but in October I plan to change my last name. I am waiting to change my name because I have travel planned with my maiden name. Do I have to repurchase everything after I change my name? I am in Illinois.

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2022

The State of Illinois requires that you obtain a new commission in your new name. Name or County Change: “When any notary public legally changes his or her name or moves from the county in which he or she was commissioned or, if the notary public is a resident of a state bordering Illinois, no longer maintains a principal place of work or principal place of business in the same county in Illinois in which he or she was commissioned, the commission ceases to be in effect and should be returned to the Secretary of State. These individuals who desire to again become a notary public must file a new application, bond, and oath with the Secretary of State” (5 ILCS 312/4-101). “If you move out of the county [from which you were appointed], or if you are a non-resident notary who changes employment to another county, you must resign your commission…. You can then apply for a new appointment.”

bockstege2012@gmail.com

13 Oct 2022

Hello! I am located in Indiana and recently changed my name. Do I need to update my name now, or can I wait until my commission expires at the end of this year?

National Notary Association

13 Oct 2022

Hello. In Indiana, a Notary must notify the Secretary of State not later than 30 days after any change to the following information (IC 33-42-12-3[a]): • Name • Mailing address • Personal email address. • Personal telephone number. • The Notary’s employer’s address, name, or telephone number. “A notary public shall file the following documents with the secretary of state upon any change to the notary public’s name on file with the secretary of state’s office: “(1) A rider or other record issued by the notary public’s surety reflecting the change of name. “(2) An example of the notary public’s new, official signature” (IC 33-42-12[3[b]; see also 75 IAC 7-2-2[b]).

Chelsea Lothringer

17 Oct 2022

Is this accurate for Nevada? Did I still sign with my maiden name or should I sign with my married name?

National Notary Association

18 Oct 2022

Hello. In Nevada, within 30 days after changing a signature or a name with the intention to use the new signature or name in performing notarial duties, the Notary must apply for an amended certificate of appointment with the Secretary of State. The cost is $10 (NRS 240.036.1 and 3).

41chalcraft@gmail.com

20 Oct 2022

I'm a notary in Michigan and just got married. My notary doesn't expire until 2029. How do I change to my married name?

National Notary Association

21 Oct 2022

“A notary public shall immediately apply to the secretary, in a format prescribed by the secretary, for a corrected notary public commission upon the occurrence of any of the following circumstances: “(a) A change in the notary public’s name. “(b) A change in the notary public’s residence or business address” (MCL 55.281[1]). A “Michigan Notary Public Request for Duplicate/Notice of Change” form is available for this purpose ... There is no charge and no need to apply for a new commission. The Notary also must immediately apply to the Secretary if the Notary’s commission contains an error in the person’s name, birth date, county or other pertinent information, reflecting a change in factual information in the person’s application. “The secretary shall notify the county clerk of the applicant’s appointment when a corrected commission is issued by the secretary” (MCL 55.281[3]).

Nicole Zappa

04 Nov 2022

I have recently got divorced and went back to my maiden name. My commission expiries in 2026 do I need to change my name now and can it wait. I live in Ohio

National Notary Association

10 Nov 2022

Within 30 days, a name or address change must be reported to the Secretary of State’s office, using an “Application for Amendment of Notary Public Information” (ORC 147.05[B]). Notaries must use the Secretary of State’s online filing system to report changes to their commission (website, “File Notary Commission Applications and Updates”). There is a fee of $2.00 for filing a name change using the online filing system, for which the applicant will receive a revised commission with the new name. There is no fee to file a change of address or resignation of commission. Once you receive the revised commission, it must be recorded at the county clerk of the courts of common pleas office (ORC 147.05[B]).

Hayette Parkhill

06 Dec 2022

Hello! My Notary Commission will expire in 2024 and I've recently changed my name because I got married. Can I continue using my original stamp or will I need to change my notary stamp to reflect my new legal name? I live in Virginia. Thank you!

National Notary Association

06 Dec 2022

Hello. Traditional Virginia Notaries who change their name in the course of a commission term are directed by the state to continue using the seal issued in the old name until the commission expires, at which time the Notary may apply for recommissioning in the new name and purchase a new seal (Handbook for Virginia Notaries Public).

Taylor White

15 Dec 2022

I am recently married and have now received my new Texas DL with my married Name along with my New SS Card. My Renewal is coming up (Commission expires 8/11/2023). Do I need to just put my new name on the renewal form or what is the procedure?

National Notary Association

11 Jan 2023

When you apply for your new Notary commission you will use your married name.

Khrystyna D Koplinski

06 Jan 2023

I recently got married and my expiration is 4/24-I am in Colorado. Do I wait until my commission expires?

National Notary Association

10 Jan 2023

Hello. In Colorado, “A notary public shall notify the secretary of state within thirty days after he or she changes his or her name, business address, or residential address. In the case of a name change, the notary public shall include a sample of the notary’s handwritten official signature on the notice. Pursuant to section 24-21-104(3), the secretary of state shall determine the amount of, and collect, the fee, payable to the secretary of state, for recording notice of change of name or address” (CRS 24-21-530).

Taylor Chavez

24 Jan 2023

Hi, I live in Texas and got married. I changed my name but put my maiden name as my middle name. Can I still use my stamp until it expires as it doesn't expire until 2026.

National Notary Association

24 Jan 2023

Hello. “(a) During the four-year term of office, a notary public may change the name on the notary commission by submitting the following to the secretary of state: “(1) an Application for Change of Name as a Texas Notary Public (Form 2305 available on the secretary of state web site); “(2) for traditional notaries public, a rider or endorsement to the bond on file with the secretary of state from the surety company or its agent or representative specifying the change of name; “(3) the current certificate of commission or a signed and notarized statement that the notary public will perform all future notarial acts under the name specified on the amended commission; and “(4) the statutory fee equal to the sum of the fee for the issuance of a commission and the fee for filing of a bond. “(b) An online notary public shall check the appropriate box on Form 2305 to update the name on both the traditional and online notary commission and shall pay the fee for issuance of two commissions and the bond” (1 TAC 87.61). “If the submission of the change of name complies with §87.61 of this title (relating to Qualification Under New Name), the secretary of state shall issue an amended commission to the notary public in the name requested. Upon issuance of the amended commission, the notary public must perform all notarial acts using the name on the amended commission” (1 TAC 87.62[a]). “Upon qualifying under a new name, a notary public must obtain a new seal that contains the name, as specified on the amended commission, under which the notary will perform all future notarial acts” (1 TAC 87.62[b]). “If the notary public who qualifies under a new name is commissioned as both a traditional and online notary, the notary shall obtain both a new traditional seal and new electronic seal and digital certificate that contains the name, as specified on the amended commission, under which the notary will perform all future notarial acts” (1 TAC 87.62[c]).

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