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State Information for District of Columbia

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District of Columbia Notary Information and Requirements

Appointing Officer
Office of the Secretary

Notary Commission Qualifications
CURRENT: Applicants must be 18 years of age, residents of the District of Columbia, or may be residents of other jurisdictions whose sole place of business or employment is located in the District of Columbia. DC Code § 1-1201.

How to Apply
To become a District of Columbia notary applicants must live or work in the District of Columbia. If applying for a Business commission, your company must have a physical address in the District; if applying for a Residential commission, you must live in and have a physical address in the District. If applying for a Dual commission, both the business and residence must have physical addresses in the District.See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary: https://os.dc.gov/service/notary-commissions

Term of Office
5 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Orientation Session Required*

*All applicants to become a notary public for the first time or those who have not renewed their commission in over 12 months must attend an orientation session.

Notary Bond Requirement
$2,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required*

*May be paper or electronic, but if electronic the notary “should” save the ink-signature of the signer. Per DC Municipal Regulations, “No electronic signatures shall be accepted.”

Notary Seal Requirement
Embossing Seal Required*

*Seal impression inker MUST be used in conjunction with embossing seal. Seal impression must be photographically reproducible.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments and proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• execute jurats (verification on oath or affirmation);
• execute protests; and
• witness or attest signatures.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the District of Columbia, Office of the Secretary: https://os.dc.gov/service/notary-commissions

Contact Information for the District of Columbia

State Notary Website

District of Columbia Online Notary Handbook

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Phone Number
(202) 727-3117

Mailing Address
Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications
441 4th Street, NW
Suite 810 South
Washington, DC 20001

Apostille Certification Information

$15.00 per document

Phone Number
(202) 727-3117

Further Information

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