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State Information for Massachussetts

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Massachusetts Notary Requirements and Information

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

How to Apply to Become a Notary in Massachusetts
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Office of the Governor: http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/notary/

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 Required
→ A notary shall have only one active journal at a time, which must be under the notary’s exclusive control. The notary shall keep the journal and any other records for seven years after expiration, resignation or revocation of commission.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp* or Embossing Seal Required
→*Black ink specified for stamp.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• certify copies;
• execute jurats;
• issue summonses for witnesses (Sec. 1, Chapt. 233);
• witness the opening of a bank safe, vault or box;
• witness signatures; and
• issue subpoenas.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts-Office of the Governor: http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/notary/contact-information-for-other-questions.html

Contact Information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State Notary Website
Office of the Governor: http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/notary/
Secretary of State: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prenot/notidx.htm

Phone Number
Secretary of State – (617) 727-2836

Mailing Address
Notary Public Office, Room 184
State House
Boston, MA 02133

Apostille Certification Information

$6.00 per signature to be certified.

Phone Number
Southeastern Office: (508) 646-1374
Western Office: (413) 784-1376

Further Information

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

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