State Information for North Carolina

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North Carolina Notary Requirements and Information

North Carolina Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be able to speak, read and write English;
• reside legally in the U.S.;
• be a resident of North Carolina or be regularly employed in the state;
• possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
• purchase and keep as a reference the most recent manual approved by the Secretary that describes the duties and authority of notaries public:
• Other disqualifications can be found under 10B-5 (d)

How to Apply to Become a North Carolina Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the North Carolina Office of the Secretary State:

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State.

Term of Office
5 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education course required, first-time applicants – traditional Notaries. Exam required, first-time and renewing applicants (traditional Notaries). Education and exam required for registration as an electronic Notary. (Members of the North Carolina Bar are exempted from traditional Notary education and exam).

Notary Bond Requirement
Not required.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not required, paper notarial acts. Secretary of State may require recordkeeping of electronic notarial acts.

Notary Seal Requirement
• Ink stamp or embossing seal required, paper notarial acts. Must be photographically reproducible.
• Electronic Notary seal required/specified, electronic notarial acts. Electronic seal data contains information required in the paper-act seal; "generally corresponds to data" in the Notary's paper-act seal. Visual appearance of the electronic seal in an electronically notarized document must replicate the appearance of an inked seal on paper.

Authorized Duties
• Take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• and take verifications and proofs*;
*Oath/affirmation of a subscribing witness that he/she personally observed the document signing; or oath/affirmation of a subscribing witness that the signer acknowledged his/her signature to the witness. Subject to limitations.

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

Contact Information for the State of North Carolina

State of North Carolina Notary Website

State of North Carolina Notary FAQs

State of North Carolina Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(919) 814-5400

Mailing Address
The Notary Public Section
Post Office Box 29626
Raleigh, NC 27626-0626

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(919) 814-5400

Further Information

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