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State Information for Massachussetts

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Massachusetts Notary Requirements and Information

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Massachusetts Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• reside in Massachusetts or conduct business on a regular basis in Massachusetts.

How to Apply to Become a Massachusetts Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Massachusetts Office of the Governor: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-to-become-a-notary-public

Appointing Officer
• Governor - appoints notaries.
• Secretary of State - maintains records.

Term of Office
7 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not required.

Notary Bond Requirement
Not required.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook (journal) required. Only one active journal at a time. Chronological, permanently bound book with numbered pages or sequentially numbered entries. Exempted are attorney-Notaries Public admitted to practice law in any jurisdiction; and Notaries who are employed by an attorney and who perform notarizations “by virtue” of such employment; and government-employee Notaries (for the notarial acts performed in the government-employee Notary’s course of employment).

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink stamp or embossing seal required, paper notarial acts. Black ink specified for stamp. Ink stamp and embossing seal may be used together to satisfy statutory requirements regarding information elements to be included in the official notarial seal.

Authorized Duties
• Oaths/affirmations;
• acknowledgments;
• execute jurats;
• witness signatures;
• certify copies;
• issue summonses for witnesses;
• issue subpoenas;
• witness the opening of bank safes, vaults or boxes.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-to-become-a-notary-public


Contact Information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Notary Website
• Office of the Governor- https://www.mass.gov/becoming-a-notary-public
• Secretary of the Commonwealth - https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prenotarypublic.htm

Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Information
https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prenot/notidx.htm

Phone Number
• Secretary of the Commonwealth (617) 727-2836
• Governor’s Office (617) 725-4016

Mailing Address
Notary Public Office
State House
24 Beacon St RM 184
Boston Ma 02133-1058


Apostille Certification Information

Apostilles and Certifications of Documents
https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/precom/comidx.htm



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