State Information for Minnesota

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Minnesota Notary Requirements and Information

Minnesota Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of the state of Minnesota OR a resident of a county in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin. (Non-resident applicants must list the Minnesota county they will be filing in and must designate the Secretary of State as their agent for service of process.)

How to Apply to Become an Minnesota Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of Minnesota Secretary of State:

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Term of Office
5 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not required for new or renewing Notaries. 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
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. Rectangular format mandated; must be photographically reproducible. Embosser allowed only in conjunction with ink-stamp.
• Electronic seal optional for electronic notarizations performed for physically present individuals if certificate includes certain information specified by statute. Electronic seal required/specified, electronic notarizations for remotely located individuals, using communications technology and subject to statutory requirements and limitations.

Authorized Duties
• Acknowledgments;
• oaths/affirmations;
• verifications on oath or affirmation;
• witnessing or attesting a signature;
• certifying or attesting a copy (including certifying that a paper copy of an electronic document is a true and correct copy);
• noting a protest of a negotiable instrument .
• A Minnesota Remote Online Notary may perform the preceding notarial acts subject to requirements of applicable law.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State:

Contact Information for the State of Minnesota

State of Minnesota Notary Website

State of Minnesota Online Notary FAQs

State of Minnesota Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(651) 296-2803 or toll free (877) 551-6767, option #3

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

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(651) 296-2803 or toll-free (877) 551-6767

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 2020.

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