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How To Become A Notary Public In Wyoming

If you are interested in becoming a Notary Public in Wyoming, 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 Wyoming notary or renewing your Wyoming commission, we'll walk you through step by step.

Wyoming Notary Process
Requirements to be a Notary in Wyoming
What Can I Do With My Wyoming Commission?
General Notary Public Information

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Wyoming Notary Process

What is the process to become a Notary Public?
  1. Make sure you meet all of your state’s qualifications:
    • Must be at least 18 years old
    • Must be a resident of Wyoming and the county of application
    • Be able to read and write the English language
    • A person convicted of a felony may not be able to become a Notary Public unless a pardon restores his or her civil and political rights, or the conviction has been reversed or annulled.
  2. Read the Notary statutes and “Frequently Asked Questions” provided by the Secretary of State.
  3. Take the online “Self-Help Test” (optional).
  4. The completed application and a fee of $30 must be mailed to the Secretary of State’s office at:
    • Notary Officer
      Secretary of State’s Office
      State Capitol Building,
      200 West 24th Street
      Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
  5. Once you receive notification from the Secretary of State’s office, purchase your $500 bond and file it at the County Clerk’s office in your county of residence. The bond must be recorded by the County Clerk within 60 days of your commission start date.
  6. Purchase your Notary seal (inking stamp or embosser).
  7. Purchase your journal (optional).
  8. Purchase errors and omissions insurance (optional, but strongly recommended).
  9. Begin performing notarizations for the public.
  10. If you determine you need additional training, seek out continuing education or consult Notary experts for guidance.

What is the process to renew my Notary Public commission?
  1. Be sure you continue to meet the qualifications to become a Notary.
  2. Submit your application and fee.
  3. Purchase and file your new bond.
  4. Purchase your new Notary seal (inking stamp or embosser).
  5. Purchase errors and omissions insurance (optional, but strongly recommended).
  6. Begin performing notarizations for the public.
  7. If you determine you need additional training, seek out continuing education or consult Notary experts for guidance.
How long does an Wyoming Notary commission last?

The term of a Wyoming Notary commission is four years

How long does it take?

The Wyoming Secretary of State’s office estimates three to five days for processing a Notary Public commission application after they receive the application.

How much does it cost?

There is a $30 fee to apply for a Notary Public commission. Additional costs for bonds, Notary tools and education courses vary depending on vendors.

Supply package prices vary among vendors. New Notaries may need more “how-to” assistance than experienced Notaries. Books, training and live expert assistance are often must-haves for most new Notaries.

Some vendors may package items with additional fees – processing fees for example. Training can be included in package prices for new Notaries, although the quality of education can vary. Some providers offer their own Notary courses while others do not have the on-staff expertise to develop and support educational content. Several vendors offer Notaries live question and answer support, and others are not able to offer such assistance.

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Requirements to be a Notary in Wyoming 

Who can become a Notary?

A Notary Public applicant in Wyoming must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a resident of Wyoming and the county of application
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • A person convicted of a felony may not be able to become a Notary Public unless a pardon restores his or her civil and political rights, or the conviction has been reversed or annulled.
What kind of training will I need?

Applicants are asked to read the Notary statutes and “Frequently Asked Questions” provided by the Secretary of State.

Do I need to take an exam?

Though not mandatory, applicants are recommended to take the online “Notary Public Self-Help Test,” a 20-question true-false test with correct answers provided. The test is not required and your answers should not be included with your application.

What kind of equipment will I need?

Wyoming Notaries use a rubber stamp ink seal or an embosser that leaves a photographically reproducible seal impression for all notarial acts. According to state officials, embosser impressions should be “inked” to make them photographically reproducible. Though not required, it is also recommended that Notaries keep a journal record of their notarial acts. The state suggests that the journal should be tamper-proof, permanently bound and have pre-numbered pages and entry spaces. The journal should never be shared or used by other Notaries.

Supplies are sold by most vendors in packages, which can sometimes provide savings. However, not all vendor packages are created equal — they can vary greatly in terms of quality and content. If you are a new Notary or renewing your commission, the types and quantity of notarizations can require different tools of the trade. For example, if you are a mobile or retail Notary, an ID checking guide is recommended because you are constantly dealing with different people, as opposed to someone who notarizes in the same setting for the same group of people day after day.

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.

What is a surety bond and why do I need one?

Wyoming Notaries are required to purchase a $500 surety bond from an insurance company to protect signers against financial damages resulting from the Notary’s negligence or misconduct. A surety bond is a financial guarantee that the Notary will fulfill his or her obligations to notarize in compliance with state laws. This Notary bond specifically protects the public, not the Notary. Any damages paid from the bond go to cover any signer’s losses and must be paid back to the surety company by you.

Notaries can insure themselves against possible legal costs or damages by purchasing a separate, optional errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policy. Though not required by law, an E&O policy covers a Notary’s legal fees and damages up to the amount of the policy.

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What Can I Do With My Wyoming Commission?

Where will I be able to notarize?

A Wyoming Notary can perform notarial acts anywhere within the state’s borders. Wyoming Notaries may administer oaths or proofs of acknowledgment in a bordering state if that state recognizes the Wyoming Notary’s authority to do so. Currently, Montana is the only state that meets this requirement.

Who can I notarize for?

Any member of the public, as long as the request meets all statutory requirements for notarization.

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General Notary Public Information

What is a Notary Public?

A Wyoming Notary is appointed by the Secretary of State to be an impartial witness to the signing of important documents. Wyoming Notaries are authorized to administer several official acts, including oaths, acknowledgments and certifying copies.

Why become a Notary?

Notaries perform an important role in preventing fraud and ensuring the integrity of transactions by verifying the identity of document signers. It’s common for employees of many businesses that deal with signed document transactions on a regular basis — such as financial institutions, law firms or corporations — to become Notaries. Some entrepreneurs become commissioned Notaries as a part-time or full-time business for themselves, traveling to a signer’s home or place of business to notarize documents for a fee.

Which state government office handles Notaries?

The Wyoming Office of Secretary of State, Notary Division, located in Cheyenne.

May I become a Wyoming Notary if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to become a Wyoming Notary Public. You must, however, be a resident of the state and meet all other application requirements.

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