To become a notary public in the District of Columbia, an individual must:
- Be at least 18 years of age; and
- Live or work in the District of Columbia
- Review the DC Notary Handbook prior to completing the notary application
- Obtain a 5-year $2,000 Notary Bond*
Complete the District of Columbia Notary Public Application. Applications must be signed within 30 days of the date of submission to be accepted. A letter stating the need for services must be prepared by the applicant’s employer and submitted with the application (self-employed individuals should submit the request on letterhead). Mail the letter, the completed application and a check or money order for the $75.00 commission fee (payable to DC Treasurer) to the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications at the address shown below. A representative from the Office of Notary Commissions will contact new applicants to schedule the orientation.
*CNASurety (SUR Insurance Agency) offers a $2,000 5-year District of Columbia Notary Bond for only $50.00, including $2,000 Notary E & O coverage at no additional cost. You can add $10,000 additional coverage for just $81.50 more ($25,000 is just $130.00 more). They process, execute and mail notary bonds the same business day your order is received assuring timely approval of your DC 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 DC 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:
Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications
441 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-3117
Fax: (202) 727-8457
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