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State Information for Maryland

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Maryland Notary Requirements

Maryland Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of Maryland or be regularly employed in the State of Maryland; and
• be of good character.

How to become a Maryland Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Maryland Secretary of State: https://www.egov.maryland.gov/sos/notary/#/home

Appointing Officer
Governor - appoints notaries.
Secretary of State – maintains records, regulates.

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Maryland Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required

Authorized Duties
• oaths/affirmations;
• acknowledgments;
• make protests and declarations;
• certify copies of entries from the notary’s recordbook/journal.
(Notaries may also take depositions, but are discouraged from doing so unless specifically trained.) *In addition, if a document does not contain notarial wording, a notary may witness the document signing as follows: identify the signer; observe the document signing; date, sign and stamp the document; insert commission expiration date; create a journal entry.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Maryland Secretary of State: http://sos.maryland.gov/Notary/Pages/NameChange.aspx

Contact Information for the State of Maryland

State Notary Website

State of Maryland Online Notary Manual

State of Maryland Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(410) 974-5521

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of State
Notary Division
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(410) 974-5521

Further Information

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