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State Information for Oregon

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Oregon Notary Public Requirements and Information

Oregon Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of Oregon, have a place of employment within the state or practice within the state;
• not have had a notary commission revoked for misconduct within 10 years of the date applying;
• not have been convicted of a felony or any crime involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit within 10 years of the date applying;
• not have been found by a court to have practiced law without a license or engaged in an unlawful trade practice;
• be able to read and write English.

How to Apply to Become a Oregon Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Oregon Secretary of State: http://sos.oregon.gov/business/Pages/notary.aspx

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education Course Required*
* Education course required for first time notary applicants or notary applicants whose commission has lapsed. Course must be 3 hours, state-approved, and either online or classroom environment.
Exam Required*
*Exam is an open-book, multiple choice true/false online exam.

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required*
*Ink stamp must contain permanent black ink. Seal impression must be photographically reproducible. Embossing seal may only be used in conjunction with official ink stamp.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• witness or attest signatures;
• take verifications upon oath or affirmation; and
• certify/attest copies.
→ONLY notaries described in ORS 194.070 are also authorized to protest negotiable instruments (commercial paper).

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Oregon Secretary of State: http://www.filinginoregon.com/pages/notary/forms/index.html

Contact Information for the State of Oregon

State Notary Website

State of Oregon Online Notary Resources and Aids

Phone Number
(503) 986-2200

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of State
Corporation Division
Notary Section
255 Capitol St NE, Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Apostille Certification Information

$10.00 per document

Phone Number
(503) 986-2593

Further Information

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