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State Information for North Carolina

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North Carolina Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Commission Qualifications
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: http://www.sosnc.gov/notary/guidebk.aspx

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the North Carolina Secretary of the State: http://www.sosnc.gov/notary/qualifications.aspx

Term of Office
5 Year Term

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

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required
→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: http://www.sosnc.gov/notary/notforms.aspx

Contact Information for the State of North Carolina

State Notary Website

State of North Carolina Notary Guidebook

State of North Carolina Online Notary FAQs

Phone Number
(919) 807-2219

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) 807-2140

Further Information

This information was compiled by the American Society of Notaries Copyright 2017
Last Updated APRIL 2017

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