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State Information for Iowa

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Iowa Notary Public Commission Requirements

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.
• be able to read and write English;
• be a resident of the state of Iowa or be employed within the state; and
• not be disqualified to receive a commission under section 9B.23.

How to Apply to Become an Iowa Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of Iowa Secretary of State: https://sos.iowa.gov/business/FormsAndFees.html#NC9B

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Term of Office
3 Year Term (Iowa resident)
1 Year Term (Non-resident)

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• take verifications upon oath or affirmation (jurats);
• certify/attest copies;
• witness or attest signatures; and
• execute protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Iowa Secretary of State: https://sos.iowa.gov/business/FormsAndFees.html#NC9B


Contact Information for the State of Iowa

State Notary Website
http://sos.iowa.gov/notaries/about.html

State of Iowa Online Notary FAQs
http://sos.iowa.gov/notaries/about.html

State of Iowa Online Notary Search
https://sos.iowa.gov/search/notary/search.aspx

Phone Number
(515) 281-5204

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of State
Notary Public Clerk
Lucan Building, 1st Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(515) 281-5204

Further Information
http://sos.iowa.gov/business/FormsAndFees.html#CertsAndCopies



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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 September 2018.


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