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State Information for Minnesota

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Minnesota Notary Requirements

Minnesota Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old; and
• be a resident of the state of Minnesota or a resident of Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota or South Dakota.

How to Apply to Become a Minnesota Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/notary-apostille/become-a-notary/

Term of Office
5 Year Term

Appointing Officer
Governor - appoints notaries.
Secretary of State - provides ministerial functions including commission processing, maintaining records.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not required, paper notarial acts.
Secretary of State must maintain a list of entities that regularly offer a course of study for a Minnesota remote online Notary that covers relevant laws, rules, procedures and ethics.

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not required, paper notarial acts.
Electronic recordbook (journal) required for use by a remote online notary public. One or more electronic journals allowed. Must be “secure.” Each remote online notarization must be recorded in the notary’s journal. Remote online notary must create an audio-video copy of each remote notarization.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink stamp required, paper notarial acts.*
*Seal impression must be photographically reproducible, embosser allowed only in conjunction with ink-stamp.
Electronic seal required, electronic notarial acts.

Authorized Duties
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take acknowledgments;
• take verifications on oath or affirmation (jurats);
• witness or attest signatures;
• certify/attest copies;
• execute protests; and
• take depositions.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/notary-apostille/notary-help/

Contact Information for the State of Minnesota

State Notary Website

State of Minnesota Online Notary FAQs

State of Minnesota Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(651) 296-2803 (Metro Area)
877-551-6767 (Greater MN)

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of State
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
Notary Division
60 Empire Dr, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(651) 296-2803
(877) 551-6767

Further Information

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