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How To Become A Notary Public In Oklahoma

If you are interested in becoming a Notary Public in Oklahoma, this practical guide will answer many common questions. Learn about notarial duties, and find out how you can become a commissioned Notary. Once you are ready to begin the process of becoming a Oklahoma notary or renewing your Oklahoma commission, we'll walk you through step by step.

Oklahoma Notary Process | Requirements to be a Notary in Oklahoma | General Notary Public Information

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Oklahoma Notary Process

What is the process to become a Notary Public?

  1. Make sure you meet all requirements under Oklahoma state law (see below).
  2. Complete the Oklahoma Notary Public Application.
  3. Mail your application and the $25 fee to the Secretary of State.
  4. Once you have submitted your application, order your state-required bond and seal, as well as any other supplies you will need during your commission.
  5. File your bond with the Secretary of State, including the $10 filing fee.
  6. Purchase errors and omissions insurance (optional, but strongly recommended).
  7. If you determine you need additional training, seek out continuing education or consult Notary experts for guidance.

How long does a Oklahoma Notary commission last?

The Notary commission in Oklahoma is valid for four years.

How much does it cost?

The application fee for new Notaries is $25. Once you have received your commission certificate, you will need to file your bond with the Office of the Secretary of State, and a $10 filing fee applies. The cost of the bond, seal and other supplies will vary based upon the vendor chosen.

Is training or an exam required to become a Notary in Oklahoma?

No exam or training is required.

How long does it take?

The timing can vary. Once you have received your commission from the Secretary of State, which can take two to 10 weeks, you will need to purchase a bond and seal before you can start performing your duties.

Once my current commission expires, will I be automatically reappointed?

No, you must meet the requirements and reapply for a new commission.

What kind of supplies will I need?

In Oklahoma, your seal can be either a rubber stamp or an embosser. The seal must include the Notary’s name, and the words “Notary Public” and “State of Oklahoma.”

When shopping for seals, quality and durability can vary greatly among vendors. Ask if the seals carry a lifetime guarantee. In particular, stamps should not bleed during or after use, as this can cause county officials to reject documents due to smudging. If you choose to purchase an embosser, you will also need to purchase an embosser inker to satisfy the requirement that the impression is able to be photocopied.

A second seal can help you avoid downtime if your seal is ever misplaced.

Keeping a journal is not required in Oklahoma, but is recommended by the state. A journal can protect you if a notarization performed is ever questioned, and should be kept in a safe, locked area.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

A $1,000 surety bond is required to become a Notary in Oklahoma. The bond can be purchased from an insurance agency or bonding company. (Notaries can also choose to have the bond signed by one or more sureties who are property owners in the Notary’s county of residence, or in the case of a non-resident Notary, the county of employment.) The bond must be approved by the Secretary of State.

Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance is optional. This insurance helps protect the Notary — if you make an unintentional mistake or a false claim is filed against you, an E&O policy will cover your legal fees and awarded damages up to the coverage you select.

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Requirements to be a Notary in Oklahoma

Who can become a Notary?

To qualify to become a Notary in Oklahoma, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a legal resident of Oklahoma, or an out-of-state resident who is employed in Oklahoma.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • No felony convictions.

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General Notary Public Information

Which state government office handles Notaries?

In Oklahoma, the Secretary of State issues Notary commissions.

Where will I be able to notarize?

Oklahoma Notaries can perform notarial acts anywhere in the state.

Who can I notarize for?

You can notarize for any member of the public who makes a reasonable request and meets all requirements for notarization such as personally appearing before you and providing satisfactory proof of identity. You cannot notarize your own signature.

What should I do if I move or change my name?

In Oklahoma, if you change your name during your commission, you can continue to use your old name until your commission expires. If you do want to update your name, you will need to resign the current commission and reapply as a new Notary. You will also need to purchase a new bond and seal.

A Notary should inform the Secretary of State of an address change within 30 days of such change.

What is the process to renew my commission as a Oklahoma Notary?

The renewal process in Oklahoma is similar to the process to become a Notary. Complete the application and include a $20 renewal fee. You will need to purchase a new bond and seal.

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If you're not quite ready yet, we have additional resources where you can learn what a Notary is, what they do and why you should become a commissioned Notary.

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