State Information for North Dakota

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North Dakota Notary Requirements and Information

North Dakota Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be able to read and write English;
• be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;
• be a resident of the state of North Dakota. Non-residents that have a place of employment or practice in the state North Dakota or reside in a county that borders North Dakota and which is in a state that extends reciprocity to a Notary who resides in a border county of North Dakota may apply.

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

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State.

Term of Office
4 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not required.

Notary Bond Requirement
$7,500 Bond Required (4-year term)

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook (journal) required for recording of all notarial acts performed using communication technology for a remotely located individual, electronic and tangible records. Journal may be tangible medium (paper) or electronic. Tangible journals must be permanent, bound register with numbered pages. Electronic journals must be in a permanent, tamper-evident electronic format complying with rules of the Secretary of State. Only one journal (tangible or electronic) at a time may be used to record notarial acts regarding tangible records. One or more journals allowed for recording notarial acts regarding electronic records. 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, paper notarial acts. Must be photographically reproducible. Embossers are prohibited.
• Electronic official stamp not required for electronic notarial acts if certain information is contained in the notarial certificate.

Authorized Duties
• Acknowledgments and proofs;
• oaths/affirmations;
• verifications on oath or affirmation;
• witnessing or attesting a signature, certifying or attesting a copy (except as provided in subsection 7 of section 44-06.1-23 North Dakota Century Code);
• noting a protest.
• North Dakota notarial officer may also certify that a tangible copy of an electronic record is an accurate copy of the electronic record; RULONA’s prohibition against certifying a copy or certified copy of a recordable instrument does not apply in this instance. A North Dakota Notary who has properly notified the Secretary of State may notarize for remotely located individuals, using communication technology and subject to requirements and limitations in statutes and any administrative rules.

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

Contact Information for the State of North Dakota

State of North Dakota Notary Website

State of North Dakota Notary FAQs

Phone Number
(701) 328-2901 or toll-free (800) 352-0867

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108
Bismarck, ND 58505-0500

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(701) 328-2901

Further Information

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Information on this page is provided with the understanding that the user is solely responsible for his/her knowledge of notarial law, procedures and practices. The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. All information is subject to change without notice and therefore is provided “as is,” free of warranty of any kind. Last updated August 2020.

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