Become a notary in Missouri

To become a notary public in Missouri, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be able to read and write English;
  • Be a registered voter of the county where they will work; and
  • Complete an approved online or written notary training course

All attorneys licensed to practice in Missouri are also notaries. Anyone whose commission as a notary has been revoked within the past 10 years is not eligible.

The Missouri Resident Application and Non-Resident Application forms prescribed by the Secretary of State must be used. Applicants must declare whether they have been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to any felony or misdemeanor. Notaries serve a four-year term in Missouri.

Completed applications are mailed with a $25.00 application fee to the Secretary of State’s office at the address shown below. Upon approval, the applicant’s commission is mailed to the county office where the applicant resides. The same day the commission is issued, a letter is also mailed to the applicant advising that their commission has been issued and sent to their county office. This letter also contains the address where the applicant is to be sworn in, commission number, and dates the commission begins and expires. Within 90 days applicants must appear in to the county clerk or deputy in person and present a $10,000 notary bond* to insure their four-year term as a notary public. The clerk or deputy will administer the oath of office.

*CNASurety (SUR Insurance Agency) offers a $10,000 4-year Missouri Notary Bond for only $50.00, including $10,000 Notary E & O coverage at no additional cost. You can add $10,000 additional coverage for just $65.00 more ($25,000 is just $104.00 more). They process, execute and mail notary bonds the same business day your order is received assuring timely approval of your Missouri notary commission. A direct bill payment invoice will be included when your bond is issued. Simply remit the appropriate premium to CNASurety within three (3) business days of the date your bond is issued. To apply, complete the Missouri Notary Bond application, fill out the form and click the Submit Form button, or print it out and fax your completed application to (605) 335-0357.

For more information, please contact:

Missouri Secretary of State
P.O. Box 784
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0784
Phone: (866) 223-6535 or(573) 751-2783

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