Become a notary in Illinois

illinois notary publicTo become an Illinois Notary Public, you must be an Illinois resident or a resident of a qualifying bordering state.  Illinois residents are commissioned in the county in which they reside. Out-of-state residents are commissioned in the county in which they are employed.

Illinois Notary Publics are appointed through the Secretary of State’s Index Department. Your official commission date is assigned by the Secretary of State’s office, not the insurance company or surety bonding company that has underwritten your surety bond.

There is a $10 filing fee for appointment and commission for each notary public.
Make the check or money order payable to the Secretary of State. Checks that have been altered, i.e. usage of correction fluid, or that are unsigned
are unacceptable. VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards also are accepted.

Each Notary Public Application must include a $5,000 Illinois Notary Public Bond* issued by a company qualified to write surety bonds in Illinois. The Secretary of State does not accept the Public Official Bond or Errors and Omissions Policy. The surety bonding company’s corporate seal must accompany the signature of an officer or authorized representative.

Each Notary Public Application must include a legible photocopy of your driver’s license or state ID card. Failure to provide a legible copy will result in rejection of your application.

The Name and Signature of the Applicant must read exactly the same and be notarized by another current Illinois Notary Public including a valid rubber stamp seal. You cannot notarize your own signature.

You must sign the bond as Principal/Applicant. Their office accepts only applications and surety bonds with an original signature.

The office of the county clerk in the county where you reside or are employed will contact you upon receipt of your commission. Failure to register with the county will result in cancellation of your commission. It is your responsibility to review the Illinois Notary Public Handbook. Notary public appointments are public records and available to any interested person for examination and copying. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please call 217-782-7017.

NationwideNotaryBond provides a $5,000  4-year Illinois Notary Public Bond including $5,000 4-year FREE Notary Errors & Omissions coverage for only $55.00. They process, execute and deliver notary bonds the same business day your order is received assuring timely approval of your Illinois notary commission.

For more information please contact:

Illinois Secretary of State
Notary Division
213 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: (217) 782-7017

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