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How to Become a Notary Public in Utah

If you want to become a Utah Notary, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Make sure you meet all of Utah's eligibility requirements (see below).
  2. Study for the Utah Notary test.
  3. Create an account on the Lieutenant Governor's website. You'll be directed to begin the test.
  4. Pay the $95 test and administration fee. Once you pay, your test is submitted and your results will be immediate.
  5. If you pass, print your application form. Sign and date it.
  6. Get a $5,000 surety bond.
  7. Go to a currently commissioned Notary to take your oath of office (usually on the bond form).
  8. Complete, sign and submit a waiver for a criminal background check.
  9. Submit your completed application, original bond form and notarized oath of office to the Lieutenant Governor.
  10. Once processed, you will receive your Certificate of Authority of Notary Public via email.
  11. Buy your Notary seal stamp.
  12. Get a Notary journal and E&O insurance to limit your financial exposure (optional, but strongly recommended).

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More Details About the Utah Notary Process

Find more information on applying for a Notary commission in the Beehive State here.

How much does it cost?

The state application and testing fee are $95. According to the Office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor, a surety bond will typically cost $50, a stamp will cost around $25 and a journal around $15.

The cost of your bond, seal and optional supplies will vary based on the vendor you choose. Some vendors may package required items with additional supplies — training or processing fees for example. New Notaries may need more "how-to" assistance than experienced Notaries. Books, training and live expert assistance are often must-have items.

How long does it take?

According to the Lieutenant Governor's website, it will take approximately two weeks to process your application.

How long does a Utah Notary commission last?

The term of a Utah Notary Public commission is four years.

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Requirements to be a Notary in Utah

Wondering how you can qualify to become a UT Notary? Read on below.

Who can become a Notary?

There are basic qualifications for a person to become a Notary in Utah. All applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be a citizen of or have permanent resident status in the U.S.
  • Be free of any disqualifying offenses or license revocations

Do I need a background check to become a Utah Notary?

All Notary applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check. You will need to fill out, sign and submit a waiver to the Lieutenant Governor's office. They will give your information to the Department of Human Resource Management to conduct the screening. The Department will provide all of the information they gather to the Lieutenant Governor.

What kind of training will I need?

Training is not required for Utah Notaries, but the state does provide a Utah Notary Public Study Guide to prepare you for the exam.

You can also find several reputable Notary Public training providers with a quick online search.

Do I need to take an exam?

Yes, passing an exam is required to become a Notary in Utah. If you don't pass on your first try, you can retake the test within 30 days for $40. If you wait longer than that, you'll have to pay the full $95 fee.

What kind of supplies will I need?

A Notary seal is required. Your Notary seal must be a purple-inked stamp for traditional notarizations. You may also use an embosser, in addition to the inked stamp. The seal shape must be rectangular with a border no larger than 1" x 2.5" surrounding the following information:

  • Your name as it appears on your commission
  • The words "Notary Public"
  • The words "State of Utah"
  • The words "My commission expires _______ (date)"
  • Your commission number
  • Facsimile of the Great Seal of Utah

A second seal can help you avoid downtime if your seal is ever misplaced, and an embosser can help add an additional layer of fraud prevention security. When shopping for seal stamps, quality and durability can vary greatly among vendors. Stamps should not bleed during or after use, as this can cause county officials to reject documents due to smudging.

While a Notary journal is not required by law, Utah considers it a best practice for Notaries to use a Notary record book. When buying a journal, there are a few important features you should consider. A journal with numbered pages and tamper-proof sewn construction allows Notaries to identify missing pages in their journals, which becomes extremely helpful if you're ever named in a lawsuit. Simple notebooks or glue-bound journals simply do not offer the same level of security.

Do I need a surety bond or insurance?

Yes. A $5,000 four-year bond is required for Utah Notaries. Additionally, many also choose to purchase optional errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policies to protect themselves from legal expenses. E&O insurance is not a requirement in Utah.

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General Notary Public Information

Below are answers to the most common questions about being a Utah Notary.

Which state government office handles Notaries?

The Office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor, located in Salt Lake City, UT, issues Notary Public commissions.

Can anyone help me become a Notary?

Yes. Several companies offer Notary training, supplies, insurance and assistance with the entire application process. The Lieutenant Governor's website has the application process posted if you want to get things started on your own.

Where will I be able to notarize?

You will be able to notarize anywhere in the state of Utah.

Who can I notarize for?

You can notarize for everyone, excluding yourself. You cannot notarize your own signature except in case of a self-proved will as provided in Section 75-2-504, nor can you notarize documents you are named in or would benefit from. Utah law doesn't specifically prohibit notarizing for a spouse or relative or for a spouse's business. If you perform notarizations as part of your employment, your employer may limit the notarizations you perform during your work hours.

Traditional Notaries may not perform notarizations for signers outside of Utah unless you've received authorization to perform a remote notarization.

What fees can UT Notaries charge for notarizations?

The Office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor authorizes Utah Notaries to charge $10 per signature. Utah Notaries are also required to display a fee schedule of notarial acts in English and may have other non-English-language fee schedules posted as well.

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

If you move or change your name, you must notify the Lieutenant Governor within 30 days after the change. For an address change, you must provide the new address either by phone, email, fax or online. Note: If you move out of state, you must resign your commission.

For name changes, you must provide the Lt. Governor your new name, including official documentation of the name change, and a bond policy rider. You'll also need to get an official seal with your new name.

What is the process to renew my Notary Public commission?

According to the Lieutenant Governor's website, there isn't an official renewal process in Utah. If your legal name hasn't changed, you may use your current username and password to update your information and take the exam. If your name has changed, you'll need to create a brand new account.

What do I need to know about remote online notarization in Utah?

As of November 1, 2019, remote online notarization (RON) is allowed in Utah. You must first hold an existing commission as a traditional Notary Public before you can apply. Afterward, take the steps in this guide to learn how you can become a UT remote Notary.

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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