Become a Notary in Alabama



Notaries in the State of Alabama are appointed and commissioned by the probate judges of the various counties. The probate judge reports to the Secretary of State the name, county, date of issuance and date of expiration of the commission of each notary appointed and commissioned under applicable law. Please note that the Alabama Secretary of State doesn’t appoint notaries.

The Attorney General’s office issued an Opinion to the Secretary of State that discusses the appointment, commission, qualifications, bond and seal of notaries public in Alabama. The AG requires that “Notaries public must give bond with sureties, to be approved by the judge of probate of the county for which they are appointed, in the sum of $10,000*, payable to the state of Alabama…Such bond must be executed, approved, filed and recorded in the office of the judge of probate before they enter on the duties of such office.”

*NationwideNotaryBond provides a $10,000 4-year Alabama Notary Public Bond including $10,000 4-year FREE Notary Errors & Omissions coverage for only $65.00. They process, execute and deliver notary bonds the same business day your order is received assuring timely approval of your Alabama notary commission.

Office of Secretary of State
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
Phone: (334) 242-7200

Alabama Notary Handbook
Alabama County Contact Information


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