Become a notary in Pennsylvania



pennsylvania notary publicNote: You should allow at least 4 to 6 weeks for processing New Notary Public applications.

To become a notary public in the State of Pennsylvania, an individual:

  • must be at least 18 years old;
  • must be a resident of or employed within the Commonwealth; and
  • must be of good moral character, integrity and ability.

The following individuals are not eligible to be appointed as notary public in Pennsylvania:

  • any person holding any judicial office except Magisterial District Justice
  • A member of the U.S. Congress and a person holding an office or appointment of profit or trust under the legislative, executive or judiciary departments of the federal government for which he or she is paid
  • A member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly

How to Complete a Pennsylvania Notary Application

Mandatory Education

Notaries are required to complete a three-hour preapproved notary public education course within six months immediately preceding application.

Bonding Requirement

Within 45 days after the date of his/her appointment, a notary must obtain a $10,000 notary bond. This bond protects the public, not the notary. Each notary public bond shall have as a surety a duly authorized surety company or two sufficient individual sureties, to be approved by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

CNASurety (SUR Insurance Agency) provides a $10,000 4-year Pennsylvania Notary Bond for only $50.00. You can add $10,000 Notary E & O 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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:

Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
Division of Legislation and Notaries
210 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-5280
Email: ST-NOTARIES@state.pa.us


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