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State Information for Maine

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Maine Notary Public Requirements

Maine Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of Maine or a resident of a bordering state and is regularly employed in the state of Maine;
• demonstrate a proficiency in the English language;
• not have had a notary commission revoked for official misconduct in the state of Maine or any other state within 5 years from the date applying; and
• not have been convicted of a crime in which rendered sentencing to imprisonment for one or more years, furthermore certain crimes involving dishonesty render any applicant ineligible for 10 years.

How to Apply to Become a Maine Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Maine Secretary of State: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/notary/notaries.html

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Term of Office
7 Year Term for Maine Residents
4 Year Term for New Hampshire Residents

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Exam required; the exam is an open-book exam and is included with the application. Renewing resident applicants take the exam via the Total Notary Solution–Online Renewal system.

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required. Notaries that perform any marriage ceremonies must keep a record of the transaction. If a recordbook is voluntarily used, some specifics apply including: bound; consecutively numbered pages; preprinted page numbers; inside cover area for notary information and other information. Collection of the signer’s thumbprint for any reason is prohibited.

Notary Seal Requirement
Not Required (OPTIONAL, but recommended)

Authorized Duties
• oaths/affirmations;
• acknowledgments and proofs;
• solemnize marriage vows;
• note protests.
Note: Because Maine law is silent on whether notaries may certify copies of original documents, Maine's Secretary of State "strongly" recommends that instead, the document custodian certify a copy's authenticity by executing a sworn affidavit before a notary.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Maine Secretary of State: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/notary/notaries.html

Contact Information for the State of Maine

State Notary Website

State of Maine Online Notary Handbook

Maine Notary Online Search

Phone Number
(207) 624-7752

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101

Apostille Certification Information

$10.00 per signed document

Phone Number
(207) 624-7736

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 2019.

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