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State Information for Florida

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Florida Notary Information and Requirements

Florida Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be able to read, write, and understand the English language;
• be a permanent resident of the state of Florida. No specific period of residency is required. A permanent resident alien may be appointed, provided the applicant files a recorded Declaration of Domicile with the application. Both citizens and aliens must maintain residence throughout the term of appointment.;
• have had civil rights restored, if convicted of a felony. Must report any criminal charges, whether or not you were convicted, on the notary application.

How to Become a Florida Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Florida Department of State: http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/

Appointing Officer
Governor - appoints notaries.
Secretary of State - issues commissions, maintains notary records.

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education Course Required (3-hour, state-approved course, online or classroom environment)
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Florida Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required (Rectangular or Round)*

*Embossing seal may ONLY be used in conjunction with ink stamp.

Notary Bond Requirement
$7,500 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• make attested photocopies;
• solemnize marriages;
• verify vehicle identification numbers; and
• certify contents of safe deposit boxes.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Florida Department of State: http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/

Contact Information for the State of Florida

State Notary Website

State of Florida Notary Online Search

Phone Number
(850) 245-6975

Mailing Address
Department of State
Division of Corporations
Notary Commissions
P.O. Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(850) 245-6000

Further Information

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Information on this page is provided with the understanding that the user is solely responsible for his/her knowledge of notarial law, procedures and practices. The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. All information is subject to change without notice and therefore is provided “as is,” free of warranty of any kind. Last updated May 2019.

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