In Pennsylvania anyone who is at 18 years of age, a resident or employed in the state  and of good moral character is qualified to become a notary. 


The first step to becoming a pa notary is competing mandatory education training. All new and renewing notaries who were commissioned after July 1, 2003, must complete a 3-hour state-approved course. Our PA Notary Course is designed with you in mind. The course will walk you through the process of becoming a notary to what you need to keep your commission in compliance with state rules and regulations. The second step is to submit an application. 


After completing your notary education you will need to submit an application to the state . There is a non-refundable application fee of $40. (*The fee will increase to $42 in the near future).

You can apply online through the state’s online system. You can also mail a paper application using the form provided below. However, paper applications will take a longer time to process. 

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Visit the PA Dept. of State Online Application


Once your application is approved you will receive a ‘Notice of Appointment’ from the state. Please note that an appointment and a commission are not the same. The appointment is the privilege to take the office of notary public. You will have to solidify your commission by completing the following acts: 

  •  Purchase a surety bond (average fee is $50)

PA Notaries have to be bonded in the sum of $10,000. The bond does not protect you it is issued to the State and protects the public from acts of misconduct or harm caused by the Notary.

  • Take an Oath of Office at your Recorder of Deeds Office

This will not be as ceremonial as a presidential swearing in, but you will raise your right hand with a representative at the Recorder of Deeds office and take an oath to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Notary Public.

  • Have your Official Signature recorded at your Prothonotary’s Office

Most Recorder of Deeds and Prothonotary offices are within close proximity and are often in the same building. The Prothonotary’s office will keep a record of your signature. If a document that you notarized needs to be certified, the prothonotary will be able to certify the document by comparing it to the signature they have on file.


After you have met all of the above requirements you will then become an official notary public. You can now administer Oaths and Affirmations take Affidavits and Acknowledgments! Your notary public commission will be good for four years. 

To learn more  Sign Up for our State Approved Course Today!