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State Information for Illinois

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Illinois Notary Information

Illinois Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of the state of Illinois for at least 30 days or a resident of a bordering state that has been employed in Illinois for at least 30 days;
• be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien;
• not have been convicted of a felony;
• be able to read and write the English language; and
• not have had a notary commission suspended or revoked within 10 years from the date applying.

How to Apply to Become a Illinois Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Illinois Secretary of State: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/indexpub.html#notary

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Term of Office
4-year term for a resident and a 1-year term for non-residents.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
$5,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required*

*Cook County Pilot Program effective until 7/01/2018: Requires notaries to create a “Notarial Record” including a thumbprint, for all notarial acts performed involving certain conveyances for residential property in Cook County. This is not a traditional recordbook entry; a specific form for this purpose, and instructions, are provided on the web site of the Illinois Secretary of State.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required*

*Must be photographically reproducible. Black ink specified.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• witness or attest signatures; and
• take verifications upon oath or affirmation.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Illinois Secretary of State: https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/indexpub.html#notary


Contact Information for the State of Illinois

State Notary Website
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/notary/home.html

State of Illinois Online Notary Handbook
https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/indexpub.html#notary

State of Illinois Online Notary Search
https://apps.ilsos.gov/notary/

Phone Number
(217) 782-7017

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Index Department
111 E Monroe St
Springfield, IL 62756


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(217) 782-7017

Further Information
https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/apostilles.html



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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 June 2019.


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