To become a notary public in the State of Idaho, an applicant for appointment must:
- be at least 18 years old,
- be a resident of or employed in the state of Idaho,
- be able to read and write the English language, and
- not have been removed from office for misconduct nor convicted of a serious crime within the last ten years. United States citizens and lawful resident aliens may be appointed as notaries.
Idaho Notaries Public are appointed by the Secretary of States office for six (6) year terms.
The Application Process
- To become a notary, complete the application form enclosed in the Notary Public Handbook. Your signature must be notarized on the application.
- Obtain a rubber stamp seal prior to submitting the application and bond with the Secretary of State’s office. The seal may contain ONLY the words “Notary Public”, “State of Idaho” and the notary public’s name and NOTHING MORE (sample seals are shown on page 29 of the Notary Handbook). Notary stamp seals can be purchased at office supply stores, stationary stores and rubber stamp companies. Effective July 1, 1998 all new and renewing commissions shall obtain a rubber stamp seal. Stamp a sample of your seal where indicated on the application.
- Obtain from a bonding or surety company (Insurance Agency) a $10,000 notary bond*.
- Enclose the $30.00 filing fee with your application.
- Submit the completed application, signed bond and $30.00 filing fee to the address listed below.
* NationwideNotaryBond provides a $10,000 6-year Idaho Notary Public Bond including $5,000 6-year FREE Notary Errors & Omissions coverage for only $70.00. They process, execute and deliver notary bonds the same business day your order is received assuring timely approval of your Idaho notary commission.
Submit all filings and fees to:
Secretary of State
PO Box 83720
450 N 4th Street
Boise ID 83720-0080
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