Become a notary in Wisconsin



wisconsin notary publicTo become a notary public in the State of Wisconsin, an individual must:

  • Be a United States resident 18 years of age or older;
  • Have at least the equivalent of an eighth grade education;
  • Be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a Notary Public; and
  • Not have an unacceptable arrest or conviction record
  • Obtain a $500 4-year notary bond*

Note: An applicant does not need to be a Wisconsin resident and does not need to be an United States Citizen.

Application Process

An applicant is required to submit the Wisconsin notary application form, $20 filing fee (made payable to Wisconsin Secretary of State), completed bond form, and oath of office to the Office of the Secretary of State. After processing the application, the Secretary of State sends each notary applicant a certificate indicating that the applicant has been commissioned as a Wisconsin notary public, along with the expiration date of that commission. Upon receiving the commission, the applicant may begin notarizing. Commissions are granted shortly after all completed materials are received by the Secretary of State’s office. When renewing a notary commission, paperwork should be submitted a few weeks prior to the expiration date of your current notary commission.

Wisconsin Notary Bonds

*NationwideNotaryBond offers a $500 4-year Wisconsin Notary Public Bond including $5,000 4-year FREE Notary Errors & Omissions coverage for only $40.00. They process, execute and deliver notary bonds the same business day your order is received assuring timely approval of your Wisconsin notary commission.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Secretary of State
State of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 7848
Madison, WI 53707-7848
Email: statesec@sos.state.wi.us
Phone: (608) 266-5594


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