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State Information for Missouri

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Missouri Notary Public Requirements

Notary Missouri Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be registered voter in the county in which applying or be a permanent resident alien of the United States;
• apply in the county in which the applicant legally resides;
• be able to read and write the English language; and
• not have had a notary commission revoked within 10 years from the date applying.
→Non-residents may apply if employed in Missouri, has a work address in the county they are applying in, and only uses the notary commission within their scope of employment.

How to Apply to Become a Missouri Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Missouri Secretary of State: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Business/Notary/newNotary

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education Course Required (3-hour, state-approved course, online or other method prescribed by the Secretary of State).

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook required, paper* and electronic notarial acts.
*The recordbook must be permanently bound and contain numbered pages.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink stamp or embossing seal required, paper notarial acts.*
Electronic notarial seal not required for electronic notarial acts, but information normally conveyed on seal must be included with notary’s electronic signature.
*Must be photographically reproducible; black ink specified for stamp. If embosser used as official seal, notary must type, stamp or handwrite additional information on every notarial certificate.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments and proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• certify copies; and
• perform any other act authorized by law.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Missouri Secretary of State: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Business/Notary/FormsForCurrentNotary

Contact Information for the State of Missouri

State Notary Website

State of Missouri Online Notary Search

State of Missouri Online Notary Handbook

Phone Number
(573) 751-2783
(866) 223-6535

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of State
Commissions Division
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
PO Box 784
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(573) 751-2783

Further Information

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