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State Information for Montana

Montana Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of Montana for at least 30 days prior to applying;
• not be a convicted felon; and
• not have had a notary commission revoked in the State of Montana or any other state.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/Notary/New/index.asp

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Notary Exam Required
→*Effective October 1, 2015, all new applicants (only those that have not had a Montana notary commission or those who have had an expired notary commission for 30 days or more) must take and pass an examination administered or from an approved vendor by the Secretary of State’s Office. For exam information please see the website of the Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/Notary/Exam/index.asp

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required
→Blue or black ink specified. ALL notaries commissioned after October 1, 2009 must use the official ink stamp prescribed by the Secretary of State.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take verifications upon oath or affirmation;
• certify/attest copies;
• witness signatures;
• take depositions (if the notary is knowledgeable of the applicable legal requirements; specific training required); and
• execute protests (additional training in financial practices required).

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/Notary/assets/pdfs/Contact_Info_Update.pdf


Contact Information for the State of Montana

State Notary Website
http://sos.mt.gov/Notary/index.asp

State of Montana Online Notary Handbook
http://sos.mt.gov/Notary/handbook/index.asp

Phone Number
(406) 444-5379
(406) 444-1877

Mailing Address
Department of Licensing
Notary Services
P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620


Apostille Certification Information

Fees
$10.00 per document

Phone Number
(406) 444-1877

Further Information
http://sos.mt.gov/Notary/apostilles/index.asp

This information was complied by the American Society of Notaries • Copyright 2016
Last Updated FEBRUARY 2016

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