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How to Become a Notary Public in Wyoming

People applying to become a Notary in Wyoming must complete the following steps:

  1. Make sure you meet all of your state's qualifications (see below).
  2. Read the Notary statutes and Frequently Asked Questions provided by the Secretary of State.
  3. Take the online Notary Public Self-Help Test (optional).
  4. Complete the application and mail it with payment for the $30 fee to the Secretary of State's office.
  5. Within three to five days of the Secretary receiving your application, you'll receive a notification in the mail to appear at the county clerk in your county of residence.
  6. Buy your $500 bond. File the bond and your oath of office with the county clerk. The bond must be recorded by the county clerk within 60 days of your commission start date.
  7. Upon receipt of your commission, purchase your Notary seal.
  8. Buy your journal (optional, but strongly recommended).
  9. Get E&O insurance (optional, but strongly recommended).
  10. Take continuing education or consult Notary experts for guidance (optional, but strongly recommended).

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More Details About the Wyoming Notary Process

Learn how much it cost to become a Notary and how long commissions last below.

How much does it cost?

There is a $30 fee to apply for a Notary Public commission and a $12 fee for recording the first page of a Notary bond and 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.

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 long does a Wyoming Notary commission last?

The term of a Wyoming Notary commission is four years.

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Requirements to be a Notary in Wyoming

Wondering if you qualify for a Notary commission in the Equality State? Read on below.

Who can become a Notary?

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

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of Wyoming and the county of application
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Not have been convicted of a felony unless a pardon has restored your civil and political rights, or the conviction has been reversed or annulled

What kind of training will I need?

There is no training course required, but 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 exam with correct answers provided. The test is not required and your answers should not be included with your application.

What kind of supplies will I need?

Wyoming Notaries must 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. The seal must have a milled edge or serrated border surrounding the following information:

  • Your name as it appears on your commission
  • The words "Notary Public"
  • The name of your county of residence
  • The word "Wyoming"
  • The words "My commission expires _________ (date)" (optional)

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.

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, be 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.

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

Wyoming Notaries are required to buy 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 their obligations to notarize in compliance with state laws. This Notary bond specifically protects the public and 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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General Notary Public Information

Here, we answer who Notaries can notarize for, what fees they can charge and more.

Which state government office handles Notaries?

The Wyoming Office of Secretary of State, Notary Division, located in Cheyenne, WY, issues Notary Public commissions.

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.

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, excluding yourself. You may not notarize any documents in which you have a financial or beneficial interest. While Wyoming law doesn't specifically prohibit you from notarizing the signatures of relatives, the state strongly advises against it as it would put into question your role as an impartial witness.

How much can Wyoming Notaries charge per notarial act?

Wyoming Notaries may charge no more than $5 per notarization. An additional fee for travel may be charged as long as the signer agrees to it ahead of the transaction and understands the travel fee is separate from the notarial fee.

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

You must notify the Secretary of State of any changes to your address or name. If you move within the county you're commissioned in, letting the Secretary know of your new address will ensure you receive information about law changes or other courtesy mailings. If you move to a new county, then you're required to get a new commission for the new county of residence.

For name changes, you have three options: 1) Apply for a new commission under the new name or when you renew, 2) Continue using your former name at no cost, or 3) File a document evidencing the name change (marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order) with the Secretary and county clerk.

By filing a document evidencing the name change, you may add your new name after your name on the commission. You won't need to get a new seal, but you will need to add your new name after your former name on every document you notarize.

What is the process to renew my Notary Public commission?

The process to renew your commission is the same as the process to become a Wyoming Notary. The Secretary of State does not send you a notice to remind you of your commission expiration date, so it's your responsibility to complete the application and file your bond and oath of office before your commission expires. The Secretary will accept renewal applications starting six weeks prior to your commission expiration, and they recommend submitting it at least two to three weeks prior to prevent a lapse in your commission.

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

Wyoming does not have permanent remote online notarization (RON) laws, but there 25 states that do. If you want to learn more about RONs and how they work, check out this article.

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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