State Information for Louisiana

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Louisiana Notary Requirements and Information

Louisiana Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident citizen or alien of the state;
• be registered to vote in the parish in which he/she is applying;
• be able to read, write and speak English;
• not have been convicted or pardoned of a felony;
• have a high school diploma, a diploma for completion of a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or a high school equivalency diploma issued after successfully completing the test of General Educational Development.

How to Apply to Become a Louisiana Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office:

Appointing Officer
• Governor commissions notaries.
• Secretary of State administers applications, qualifications, examination process and maintains notarial records.

Term of Office
Lifetime Commission.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Pre-assessment exam and state exam required. Attorneys licensed in Louisiana are exempt from taking the exam.

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Bond or Errors & Omissions Coverage. Renewed every five years. Louisiana attorneys are exempted from the bond or E&O requirement.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook (journal) required, notarial acts performed on specified instruments involving immovable property and required to be filed/recorded into public records (see R.S. §35:199). Once remote online notarization is operative in Louisiana, an Online Notary Public must maintain electronic records ("copies") of all online notarizations performed, including a recording of each online notarization's audio-video communication session.

Notary Seal Requirement
Not required. The State of Louisiana considers the Notary's signature to be the notarial seal.

Authorized Duties
• Administer oaths/affirmations;
• take acknowledgments;
• certify copies.
• In addition, Louisiana Revised Statutes 35:2 allows Notaries to make inventories, appraisements and partitions; receive wills, make protests, matrimonial contracts, conveyances, and generally, all contracts and instruments of writing; hold family meetings and meetings of creditors; make affidavits of corrections; affix the seals upon the effects of deceased persons and to raise the same.
• Effective 8-1-20, a Notary Public may certify that a tangible copy of an electronic record is an accurate copy. Once remote online notarization is operative in Louisiana, a Remote Online Notary may perform online notarizations for a remotely located individual; document type restrictions will apply.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State:

Contact Information for the State of Louisiana

State of Louisiana Notary Website

State of Louisiana Notary FAQs

State of Louisiana Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(225) 922-0507

Louisiana Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(225) 922-0330

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 August 2020.

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