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State Information for Pennsylvania

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Secretary of the Commonwealth

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of Pennsylvania or be regularly employed in the Commonwealth (must have a physical work address in Pennsylvania, not a P.O. Box);
• be of good character;
• not have been convicted of or have pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony within 5 years of the date applying; and
• not have had a notary commission revoked in Pennsylvania or any other state within 5 years of the date applying.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Pennsylvania Department of State: http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/NotaryServices/Pages/default.aspx#.VBMTnvldUQ0

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education Course Required (New and renewing notaries must take a 3-hour, state-approved course, online or classroom environment, within 6 months prior to commission application.)
CLICK HERE for information about ASN’s online Pennsylvania Notary Course.

Notary Bond Requirement
10,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required
→May be a paper or electronic journal, but only one recordbook (“register”) may be maintained at one time. All notarial acts, whether paper or electronic, must be recorded in the notary’s current recordbook.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required
→Embossing seal may ONLY be used in conjunction with the official ink stamp.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments and proofs;
• take affidavits and verifications;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take depositions;
• certify copies; and
• execute protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Pennsylvania Department of State: http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/NotaryServices/Pages/Update-Information-.aspx


Contact Information for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Commonwealth Notary Website
http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/notaries/12609

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Online Notary Search
https://www.notaries.state.pa.us/Pages/NotarySearch.aspx

Phone Number
(717) 787-5280

Mailing Address
Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
Division of Legislation and Notaries
210 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120


Apostille Certification Information

Fees
$15.00 per standard document

Phone Number
(717) 787-5280

Further Information
http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/certifications%2C_apostilles%2C_and_the_authentication_of_documents/12630

This information was complied by the American Society of Notaries • Copyright 2017
Last Updated MARCH 2017

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