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State Information for North Dakota

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North Dakota Notary Requirements

North Dakota Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;
• be a resident of the state of North Dakota or a resident of a state and county that borders North Dakota that extends reciprocity to notaries in North Dakota; and
• be able to read and write English.

How to Apply to Become a North Dakota Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the North Dakota Secretary of State: http://sos.nd.gov/notaries-public/how-become-notary-public

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
$7,500 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Effective 8-1-19: Recordbook (journal) required for recording of all notarial acts performed by a notary public, on electronic and tangible records, using communication technology for a remotely located individual. May be tangible medium (paper) or electronic. Only one tangible journal at a time may be used to record notarial acts regarding tangible records. Tangible journal must be permanent, bound register with numbered pages. If electronic, must be in a permanent, tamper-evident electronic format complying with rules of the Secretary of State. One or more journals may be used to record notarial acts regarding electronic records. Entry in a journal must be made contemporaneously with (the same time as) performance of the notarial act. Notary or person acting on Notary's behalf must create an audiovisual recording of every notarization performed using communication technology for a remotely located individual.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required*
*Seal impression must be photographically reproducible.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments and proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take verifications on oath or affirmation;
• witness or attest signatures;
• certify/attest copies; and
• execute protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the North Dakota Secretary of State: http://sos.nd.gov/notaries-public/notaries-public-forms-and-fees

Contact Information for the State of North Dakota

State Notary Website

State Notary Information

Phone Number
(701) 328-2901
(800) 352-0867 option #7

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Notary Division
600 E Boulevard Ave
Department 108
Bismarck, ND 58505

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(701) 328-2901

Further Information

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