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State Information for North Carolina

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North Carolina Notary Commission Requirements

North Carolina Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be able to speak, read and write the English language;
• be a resident of North Carolina or be regularly employed in the State of North Carolina;
• reside legally in the United States;
• possess a high school diploma or the equivalent; and
• purchase and have possession of the most recent state-approved North Carolina Notary Manual.
→Information about obtaining the most recent manual can be accessed by clicking the following link: https://www.sog.unc.edu/publications/books/north-carolina-notary-public-manual-2016-print-version

How to Apply to Become a North Carolina Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the North Carolina Secretary of the State: https://www.sosnc.gov/divisions/notary/become_a_notary

Term of Office
5 Year Term

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education Course and Exam Required*
*6-hour, state-approved course, classroom environment offered by all community colleges and select other institutions and written state-approved exam. Education course is required for first time applicants and NOT required for anyone licensed by the North Carolina State Bar. Both first-time applicants and renewing notaries must take the 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.*
Electronic Seal Required, electronic notarial acts.
*Seal impression must be photographically reproducible.

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: https://www.sosnc.gov/forms/by_title/_notary

Contact Information for the State of North Carolina

State Notary Website

State of North Carolina Notary FAQ's

Phone Number
(919) 814-5400

Mailing Address
Notary Public Section
Department of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 29626
Raleigh, NC 27626-0626

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(919) 914-5400

Further Information

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