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State Information for Missouri

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Missouri Notary Requirements and Information

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Missouri Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be able to read and write English;
• be registered voter in the county in which applying or be a permanent resident alien of the U.S.;
• apply in the county in which the applicant legally resides;
• 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

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State.

Term of Office
4 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
• Until 8-28-20: Education course required, new and renewing Notary applicants. Reading the Missouri Notary Public Handbook is also required.
• Effective 8-28-20: Education OR reading the Missouri Notary Handbook required and exam required, new and renewing Notary applicants.
• Effective 8-28-20: additional training and exam required, Notaries registering to perform electronic notarial acts; and additional training and exam required, Notaries registering to perform remote online notarizations.

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Bond Required (4-year term)

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
• Until 8.28.20: Recordbook required, paper and electronic notarial acts. The recordbook must be permanently bound and contain numbered pages.
• Effective 8.28.20: Recordbook (journal) required for recording of all paper and electronic notarial acts (including electronic acts performed for remotely located individuals). Only one active, permanently bound journal may be maintained at one time, in which all notarial acts performed (for physically present or remotely located individuals, if applicable) must be recorded. Electronic and Remote Online Notaries shall, in addition to one active permanently bound journal, keep an electronic journal of electronic notarial acts performed.

Notary Seal Requirement
• Until 8-28-20: Ink stamp or embossing seal required, paper notarial acts. 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. Electronic notarial seal not required for electronic notarial acts, but information normally conveyed on seal must be included with Notary’s electronic signature.
• Effective 8-28-20: Official seal required, paper notarial acts. Ink stamp (recommended by American Society of Notaries) or embossing seal allowed. Seal image on notarized document must be "sharp, legible, permanent and photographically reproducible" and satisfy all requirements specified in statutes and any administrative rules. If used as official seal, embossing seal impression must be inked–if not sharp/legible then required information must be typed or printed legibly nearby. Non-inked embossing seal impression may be used only in addition to ink stamp. Electronic Notary seal required, electronic notarial acts.

Authorized Duties
• Until 8.28.20: (Only) oaths/affirmations; acknowledgments and proofs; certify copies; "any other act permitted by law."
• Effective 8.28.20, a (traditional) Missouri Notary may also perform jurats, signature witnessing, and certify that a paper copy of an (electronically signed) electronic document is a true and correct copy of the electronic document. Also effective 8.28.20, a Missouri Electronic Notary may electronically perform acknowledgments, jurats, signature witnessing and copy certifications for physically-present individuals; and a Missouri Remote Online Notary may perform (only) acknowledgments and jurats for remotely located individuals, using communications technology and subject to requirements and limitations in statutes and any administrative rules.

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 of Missouri Notary Website
https://s1.sos.mo.gov/business/Notary/

State of Missouri Notary Handbook
https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Business/Notary/handbook

State of Missouri Online Notary Search
https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Business/Notary/Search/NotarySearch.aspx

Phone Number
(573) 751-2783 or toll-free (866) 223-6535

Mailing Address
Notaries & Commissions Unit
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
PO Box 784
Jefferson City, MO 65102


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(573) 751-2783 or toll-free (866) 223-6535

Further Information
https://s1.sos.mo.gov/Business/Notary/notary/certify



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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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