Become a notary in New Jersey

new jersey notary publicTo become a notary public in New Jersey, an individual:

  • must be a New Jersey resident, or a resident of an adjoining state who maintains,
    or is regularly employed in, an office in New Jersey,
  • must be at least 18 years of age, and
  • must NOT be a person who has been convicted of a crime under the laws of any state or the United States, for an offense involving dishonesty, or a crime of the first or
    second degree.

Notary Public Errors & Omissions Coverage

While not required, notary publics in New Jersey are strongly encouraged to obtain errors and omissions coverage. Notary E & O protects professionals from liability resulting from negligence, unintentional omissions, and errors. Even an honest and meticulous notary can wind up defending themself in a lawsuit. In our increasingly litigious society you could have to pay thousands of dollars to clear your name, even from frivolous lawsuits. NationwideNotaryBond provides a $10,000 5-year New Jersey Notary E & O policy for only $90.00, (less than $0.05 per day).

Five (5) Year Term

Candidates are sworn into office by the clerk of the county in which the candidate resides. The State Treasurer appoints a notary public for a five-year period and may renew the appointment for five-year increments.
After completing the New Jersey notary application, which requires an endorsement from your State legislator, sends the completed/endorsed form with a check for the filing fee of $25.00 (payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey) to:

(Standard Delivery)

Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 452
Trenton, N.J. 08646

The State also offers expedited service for an additional $15.00 fee. This ensures a processing time of 8 1/2 business hours and may be requested in person or by any overnight courier service (other than the USPS). Expedited service requests should be delivered to:

(Expedited Service)

Notary Public Section
Attention – Notary Unit
33 West State Street, 5th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608-1214

For more information, please contact:

New Jersey Department of State
Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 452 Trenton, NJ 08625

New Jersey notary applications online

new jersey notary publicNEW JERSEY –  Assembly Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assemblywoman Celeste Riley are encouraging New Jersey residents to learn about a new online option available for individuals looking to become a notary public for the first time or to submit a renewal notary public application. The New Jersey State Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services web site […]
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Mercer County offers notary seminar

Mercer County Clerk\'s Office to offer seminar outlining duties of a notary publicHAMILTON, NEW JERSEY — The State of New Jersey requires no training to become a notary public and that has left some people looking for more guidance about becoming one. The Mercer County Clerk’s office will offer an educational seminar and is generating a positive response. The seminar is open to current and prospective notaries public, and will cover […]
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