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State Information for Louisiana

Louisiana Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

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

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident citizen or alien lawfully residing in the state;
• Have received a high school diploma, has received a diploma for completion of a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or has been issued a high school equivalency diploma after successfully completing the test of General Educational Development;
• be able to read and write the English language;
• not be under interdiction or incapable of serving as a notary because of mental infirmity;
• not have been convicted of a felony, or if convicted of a felony, has been pardoned; and
• meet the requirements established by law for each commission sought.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State: http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/BecomeALouisianaNotary/Pages/default.aspx

Term of Office
Lifetime Commission*
→*Provided the notary is in good standing and not removed from office.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Exam Required
→Attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Louisiana are exempt from the required notary examination.

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required
→Surety or personal surety bond that has been approved by the parish Clerk of Court in the amount of $10,000, or Errors and Omissions coverage at a minimum amount of $10,000. Attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Louisiana do not have to file a notary bond.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required

Notary Seal Requirement
Not Required
→The State of Louisiana considers the notary signature as the notarial seal. ASN recommends the use of an ink stamp or embossing seal.

Authorized Duties
• Administer oaths/affirmations, take acknowledgments, and certify copies.
• Also 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.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Louisiana Secretary of State: http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/FileNotaryDocuments/WhatDoIFile/Pages/default.aspx


Contact Information for the State of Louisiana

State Notary Website
http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/Pages/default.aspx

State of Louisiana Online Notary FAQ’s
http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/FileNotaryDocuments/FrequentlyAskedQuestions/Pages/default.aspx?OwnershipName=FileNotaryDocuments&faqid=0

State of Louisiana Online Notary Search
http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/SearchForLouisianaNotaries/Pages/default.aspx

Phone Number
(225) 922-0507

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


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(225) 922-0330

Further Information
http://www.sos.la.gov/NotaryAndCertifications/Certifications/Pages/default.aspx

This information was compiled by the American Society of Notaries • Copyright 2017
Last Updated JUNE 2013

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