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State Information for Alabama

Alabama Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

All notaries appointed on or after January 1, 2012 shall perform all the acts and exercise all authority under the general laws of the State of Alabama. The jurisdiction of such notaries public shall not be limited to the counties of their residence and shall extend to any county of the state.

All existing notaries public functioning prior to January 1, 2012 shall continue to function pursuant to their existing authority for the remainder of their existing commission.

Appointing Officer
Alabama notaries are appointed by their probate judge within the various counties. The probate judge then reports to the Secretary of State the name, county, date of issuance and expiration date of each notary appointed and commissioned.

Notary Commission Qualifications
Qualifications vary from county to county.

How to Apply
Find the contact information for your probate judge within your county, on the website of Alabama Secretary of State: http://sos.alabama.gov/city-county-lookup

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
At the discretion of the county probate judge.

Notary Bond Requirement
$25,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required
→Effective January 1, 2012 Alabama notaries are no longer required to keep a fair register of all notarial acts.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required*
→Since notarized documents submitted for authentication (apostille or certification) should display an embossed seal, notaries may wish to obtain/use both the ink stamp and embossing seal.

Authorized Duties
take acknowledgments and proofs (conveyances);
administer oaths;
execute protests; and
exercise such other powers, according to commercial usage or the laws of this state, as may belong to notaries public.


Contact Information for the State of Alabama

State Notary Website
http://sos.alabama.gov/administrative-services/notaries-public

State of Alabama Online Notary Search
http://sos.alabama.gov/government-records/notary-public

Phone Number
(334) 353-2171

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of State
Administrative Services - Notaries Public
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(334) 242-5325

Further Information
http://sos.alabama.gov/administrative-services/authentications

This information was compiled by the American Society of Notaries Copyright 2017
Last Updated April 2017

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