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State Information for Texas

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Texas Traditional Notary Public Requirements

Texas Traditional Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of Texas. U.S. Citizenship is not required and no specific period of residency is required, but applicants must maintain residency throughout the term of appointment; and
• not have been convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude.

How to Apply to Become a Texas Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Texas Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/faqs2300.shtml#np2

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required

Texas Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required*
*Seal impression must be photographically reproducible. Stamp ink must be indelible (permanent).

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required*
*Paper and electronic notarial acts. Texas notaries are PROHIBITED from recording any identification card numbers, passport numbers, or personal identification numbers that are associated with the signer in their recordbook. Book, computer or other storage device allowed. “Secure electronic records” required, online notary public. Additional required data to be recorded in a record of an online notarization is specified. Online notary public must also make a recording of, and retain, any audio-visual communications session in the performance of an online notarial act.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments or proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• certify copies of certain documents;
• take depositions; and
• protest certain instruments.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Texas Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/statforms.shtml#NPUF


Contact Information for the State of Texas

State Notary Website
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/notary-public.shtml

State of Texas Online Notary FAQs
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/faqs2300.shtml

State of Texas Online Notary Search
https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/notaries/NotarySearch.asp

Phone Number
(512) 463-5705

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Notary Public Unit
P.O. Box 13375
Austin, TX 78711


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(512) 463-5705

Further Information
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/authinfo.shtml



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